Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Fardross House

THE GLEDSTANES' OWNED 2,982 ACRES OF LAND IN COUNTY TYRONE

This family, of Scottish extraction, was long settled at Fardross.

In 1688, CAPTAIN JAMES GLEDSTANES equipped at his own expense a body of yeomen, and led them to the relief of Londonderry, for which he received a certificate, and the thanks of Governor Walker.

His eldest son,

JAMES GLEDSTANES, of Fardross, married Miss Graham, of Hockley, near Armagh, and left issue,
Thomas;
Anne;
Mary, m A Johnston MP, of Rademon;
MARGARET, of whom presently;
Katherine, m C King MP, of St Angelo, Co Fermanagh.
The third daughter and eventually co-heir, 

MARGARET GLEDSTANES, wedded, in 1767, AMBROSE UPTON, a major in the 13th Dragoons, of Hermitage, County Dublin.

They both died in 1804, leaving a son and daughter,
WHITNEY UPTON, his heir;
MARY ANNE CATHERINE, succeeded her brother.
The only surviving son,

WHITNEY UPTON, who took the name of GLEDSTANES, married firstly, in 1795, Isabella, daughter of the Rev Ancketell Moutray, of Favour Royal, County Tyrone.

She dsp.

Mr Gledstanes wedded secondly, in 1799, Emily, daughter of Michael Aylmer, of Courtown, County Kildare, and by her, had, besides a daughter, Frances, who died 1818, an only surviving son,
AMBROSE, of whom presently.
MARY ANNE CATHERINE UPTON GLEDSTANES espoused, in 1793, John Moutray Corry DL, of Favour Royal, County Tyrone, and had issue,
MOUTRAY, of whom hereafter;
Robert;
Cecilia; Marion.
The only surviving son of Mr Whitney Upton Gledstanes,

AMBROSE UPTON GLEDSTANES JP DL (1802-71), High Sheriff, 1829, wedded, in 1828, Cecilia, daughter of Richard Hornidge DL, of Tulfarris, County Wicklow, and Elizabeth, his wife, daughter of Hugh Henry, of Lodge Park, County Kildare, but by her had no issue.

He was succeeded by his cousin,

MOUTRAY GLEDSTANES JP (1845-1917), of Fardross, County Tyrone, Captain, Royal Tyrone Fusiliers, who married, in 1874, Helen Catherine, daughter of John James Verschoyle, of Tassagart, County Dublin, by Catherine Helen his wife, daughter of the Rev W H Foster, and granddaughter of the Rt Rev William Foster, Lord Bishop of Clogher, and had issue,
AMBROSE UPTON, his heir;
Helen Margaret Catherine; Sophia Cecilia Marion.
His only son, 

AMBROSE UPTON GLEDSTANES (1876-1957), Lieutenant-Colonel, 30th Lancers, married, in 1909, Adelaide Isabella, daughter of Major Robert Tankerville Webber (Welsh Fusiliers), by Isabella his wife, daughter of the Hon and Rev W Wingfield, Rector of Abbeyleix, Queen's County.


FARDROSS HOUSE, near Clogher, County Tyrone, was built pre-1835 for Ambrose Upton Gledstanes.

It was considerably more modest originally.

Mr Gledstane's father-in-law, Richard Hornidge, acquired Fardross, which was in a dilapidated state, not long afterwards, renovating and refurbishing the house, and adding a gate lodge.


The present house, with six bedrooms, sits in 300 acres. There is a courtyard.

This is a rural demesne, dating from the 17th century on the River Blackwater, set in parkland, with fine mature trees, including some exotics.

There is no evidence of an ornamental garden and the walled garden is not planted.

The area is intensively farmed and private.

Fardross Forest is adjacent with public access.

First published in April, 2013.

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