I grinned broadly, shook his hand and enquired as to his health, though I must say he looked well.
He intimated that he was enjoying his retirement.
The 2nd and 3rd Baronets both sat as MPs for County Galway.
The 5th Baronet served as High Sheriff of County Galway in 1883.
The 7th Baronet was a Deputy Lieutenant of County Galway.
1 Charles Granby Burke (1814-98), 2nd son of 2nd Baronet; Master of the Court of Common Pleas in Ireland, 1852-82.
2 James Henry Burke (1816-82), 3rd son of the 2nd Baronet, major-general, Bombay Engineers; his son,
3 James Henry Thomas Joseph FitzGerald Burke (1853-1902), captain, Royal Navy.
By the early 1900s the estate was in decline and in severe financial difficulties. Burnt down in 1922 by the local IRA, the house burned for 4 days and 4 nights.
The only thing that remained was a complete window which had been bricked up in the blue room. The blue room was a child’s nursery.
After the tragic death of a young infant, the window was sealed as the residents believed the house to be haunted. It was locked and never opened until the house burned down.
The Rev William Chichester succeeded to the estates of his cousin William, 3rd Viscount O'Neill, in 1855, and assumed by royal license the surname of O'Neill in lieu of Chichester in order to inherit the lands of his cousin, despite not being descended in the male line from an O'Neill.
"The guest house provides for those who wish to make private retreats, and can cater for groups who seek to make days of recollection. As such, it does not function as a B&B, nor as a half-board hotel. Guests are encouraged to enter into the silence and solitude which characterize the monastic life in this place, and to take the opportunity for spiritual renewal which is offered."
‘filled with noble evergreens of a great size, cut in various shapes, among which is an evergreen oak, which, though it grows as a shrub in most other places here is a tall tree, and of considerable girth’.
‘very indifferent’ and noted that in the grounds ‘the spruce fir, the ilex, bays, hollies & other evergreens , planted at first chiefly in the flower garden are grown to be very fine forest trees’.
George Woods was evidently very eligible as far as Hans Hamilton was concerned. Not only did he give him a daughter in marriage, but he also gave him the lease to Milverton Estate 'for lives renewable forever'.George Woods died at Milverton in 1879, aged 90. His son, Hans Hamilton Woods, only outlived his father by a year and his grandson, Edward Hamilton Woods, succeeded.
having expressed himself at the court of EDWARD II in admiration of King ROBERT THE BRUCE, received a blow from John de Spencer, which led, the following day, to an encounter, wherein Spencer fell; and Hamilton sought security in Scotland, about 1323.This detail is, however, liable to many objections: Sir William Dugdale, in his account of the Earls of Leicester, is totally silent as to the descent of the Hamiltons from Robert, 3rd Earl.
Being closely pursued, however, in his flight, he and his servant changed clothes with two woodcutters, and taking their saws, were in the act of cutting through an oak-tree when his pursuers passed by.
Perceiving his servant notice them, Sir Gilbert hastily cried out to him, "Through" ; which word, with the oak, and saw through it, he took for his crest, in commemoration of his deliverance.
ROBERT, 4th Earl of Leicester;That this last William predeceased his eldest brother without issue is evident from the circumstance of the great inheritance of the Earls of Leicester devolving, on the decease of the 4th Earl, in 1204, upon his sisters; and Simon de Montfort, the husband of the eldest, having, in her right, the title of Earl of Leicester.
ROGER, Bishop of St Andrew's, and Chancellor of Scotland;
WILLIAM, a leper, founder of the hospital of St Leonard, Leicester.
Attaching himself to King Robert, he had divers grants of lands, amongst others, the barony of Kinneil and Cadzow (now Hamilton), in the sheriffdom of Lanark.From this Sir Walter lineally descended
This nobleman having been declared by the parliament of Scotland, in 1543, heir-presumptive to the crown of that kingdom, was, in consequence thereof, appointed tutor to Queen Mary, and governor of the realm during Her Majesty's minority. In five years afterwards, his lordship was invested with the French Order of Saint Michael; and created, by HENRY II of France, DUKE OF CHÂTELLERAULT, in Poitou.His Grace married Lady Margaret Douglas, eldest daughter of James, 3rd Earl of Morton), and died in 1575. His third son,
being amongst the most zealous partisans of MARY, Queen of Scots, obtained, as the reward of his fidelity, from Her Majesty's son, JAMES VI, in 1587, a grant of the whole barony of Paisley, with the dignity of Baron Paisley.His lordship married Margaret, only daughter of George, Lord Seton, and had four sons and one daughter, namely,
I. JAMES (1575-1618), master of Paisley, who was created, in 1603, Baron Abercorn, with remainder to his heirs male, and assigns whatever; and advanced, in 1606, to the EARLDOM OF ABERCORN, with the minor dignities of Baron Hamilton, Mountcastell and Kilpatrick, attached. His lordship was subsequently called by summons to the house of Peers in Ireland, in the same rank of earl; and by the same title; and having obtained a large grant of land in the barony of Strabane in that kingdom, erected there a strong castle, with a schoolhouse and church, and founded a town of about 80 houses. He wedded Marion, eldest daughter of Thomas, 6th Lord Boyd, and dying in 1617, left issue,
1. JAMES, 2nd Earl, of whom presently;II. CLAUD (Sir), gentleman of The King's privy chamber, from whom lineally descended Lieutenant-General Sir John James Hamilton Bt, of Woodbrook;
2. CLAUD, 2nd Baron Hamilton of Strabane, who succeeded to the Irish estates, and, on the resignation of his brother, Lord Abercorn, was created, in 1634, Lord Hamilton, Baron of Strabane. His lordship married, in 1632, Lady Jane Gordon, 4th daughter of George, 1st Marquess of Huntly; and dying in 1638 left (with a daughter) two sons,
James, who succeeded as Lord Strabane, and joined Sir Phelim O'Neill against the Parliamentarians, but was unfortunately drowned in 1655. His lordship died a Roman Catholic;
George, 5th Lord Strabane, who wedded Elizabeth, daughter of Christopher Fagan, of Feltrim, County Dublin, and left, with other issue,
CLAUD, Lord Strabane, of whom hereafter, as 4TH EARL OF ABERCORN.
3. WILLIAM (Sir), dsp;
4. GEORGE, of Donalong, County Tyrone, and of Nenagh, County Tipperary, a faithful adherent of THE CHARLESES, who was rewarded with a baronetcy, in 1660. Sir George espoused Mary, 3rd daughter of Walter, Viscount Thurles, by whom he had six sons and three daughters; of the former was Anthony, the celebrated Count Hamilton, author of the Memoirs of Gramont; and the eldest of the latter was the beautiful and accomplished ELIZABETH HAMILTON, who married Philibert, Count of Gramont. Sir George's eldest son, JAMES, was a colonel in the army, and died of a wound in 1673; leaving three sons, of whom the eldest, JAMES, succeeded as 6th Earl;
5. ALEXANDER (Sir), settled in Austria, and was created a count of the Empire;
6. ANNE, married Hugh, 5th Lord Semple;
7. MARGARET, wedded Sir William Cuninghame;
8. LUCY was contracted by her father to Randal, Lord Dunluce, afterwards Marquess of Antrim; but that nobleman refusing to abide by the contract, his father, the Earl of Antrim, was obliged to pay the Earl of Abercorn £3,000 as compensation: the lady remained unmarried.
III. GEORGE (Sir), of Greenlaw and Rosscrea, in Ireland, whose only daughter, Margaret, wedded Sir Archibald Acheson Bt, of Gosford, Haddingtonshire, a Lord of Session, and Secretary of State for Scotland, ancestor of the Earls of Gosford;
IV. FREDERICK, who signallized himself under the banner of Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden; was Gentleman-in-Ordinary to JAMES, and to CHARLES I; and obtained large grants of lands in Ireland. He wedded Sidney, daughter and heiress of the Rt Hon Sir John Vaughan, Governor of Londonderry, and had issue.Lord Paisley died in 1621, and was succeeded by his grandson,
This nobleman had been previously advanced to the peerage, in 1617, by the title of Lord Hamilton of Strabane, which honour, upon his lordship's petition to CHARLES I, was transferred to his next brother, the Hon Claud Hamilton. Lord Abercorn was excommunicated, by the general commisssion of the Church of Scotland, in 1649, as a Roman Catholic, and ordered to depart the Kingdom.He married Catherine, daughter and heiress of Gervais, Lord Clifton, of Leighton Bromswold, relict of Esme, Duke of Richmond and Lennox, and had issue,
JAMES, Lord Paisley, who predeceased him, leaving an only daughter, CATHERINE, married firstly to William Lenthal; and secondly, to Charles, 5th Earl of Abercorn;His Lordship was succeeded at his decease by his only surviving son,
William, an officer in the army, killed in the wars in Germany, and dsp;
GEORGE, his successor.
This nobleman, attending King JAMES II, after the revolution, from France, was sworn of the Privy Council upon his arrival in Dublin. His lordship, on the discomfiture of his royal master at the Boyne, having embarked for France, lost his life in the voyage. In 1691 he had been outlawed, and forfeited the estate and title of STRABANE; but the Earldom of Abercorn devolved upon his brother,CHARLES, 5th Earl,
who, the late Earl's attainder having been reversed, succeeded likewise to the restored title and estate of STRABANE; but, leaving no issue at his decease in 1701, the honours and estates devolved upon his kinsman (revert to Sir George Hamilton Bt, of Donalong, 4th son of James, 1st Earl of Abercorn),JAMES, 6th Earl (c1661-1734),
who had declined assuming the title of Baronet at the decease of his grandfather, in 1769, but was known as "Captain Hamilton". This gentleman was in the military service and confidence of King JAMES II; but, espousing the cause of WILLIAM III, took a distinguished part at the siege of Londonderry against his royal master.
Succeeding to the earldom of Abercorn, his lordship, in virtue thereof, took his seat, in 1706, as a member of the Scottish parliament. Ireland was, however, the usual place of his residence; and of that realm, in 1701, he was created Baron Mountcastle and Viscount Strabane.He espoused, in 1686, Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of Sir Robert Reading Bt, of Dublin, by whom he had issue nine sons and four daughters.
JAMES, became 8th Earl;His lordship died in 1744, and was succeeded by his eldest son,
John, m Harriet, daughter of the Rt Hon James Craggs, secretary of state, and had a son, JOHN JAMES, who inherited as 9th Earl;
George, canon of Windsor, who married and had numerous issue;
JAMES, Viscount Hamilton, who died in 1814, leaving issue by Harriet, daughter of the Hon John Douglas, and granddaughter of James, 14th Earl of Morton, JAMES, who inherited the honours from his grandfather and became 2nd Marquess and 1st Duke; Claud, b 1813; Harriet, m to Capt Hamilton RN.Her ladyship dying in 1791,
Catherine Elizabeth, m to George, Earl of Aberdeen.
Lord Abercorn espoused, in 1792, his cousin Cecil, 8th daughter of the Hon George Hamilton, from whom he was divorced, in 1799: By this marriage he had an only child, Lady Cecil Frances Hamilton, who wedded, in 1816, William, 3rd Earl of Wicklow.Lord Abercorn married thirdly, in 1810, Lady Anne Jane Gore, daughter of the nd Earl of Arran, in 1800.
Dudley House (Park Lane);
Chesterfield House (Audley Street);
Hampden House (Green Street), from 1869 till 1st World War.
It was originally designed by George Steuart; subsequently enlarged by Sir John Soane, in 1790; and again by William Vitruvius Morrison, ca 1830; taking on its current appearance only ca 1945, when the house was reduced in size by Sir Albert Richardson.As a result, the house has quite a complex plan, especially at the north side, where rooms are on a number of levels.
completely metamorphosed, both as to house and grounds, as scarcely to bear a single trace of resemblance to the former appearance of either.In 1796, an accidental fire at the house gutted the main block of Soane's building, causing the loss of distinctive features.
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