Monday, 15 January 2018

Lowry of Pomeroy


This is a junior branch of the Earl of Belmore's family.

JAMES LOWRY or LAURIE, sprung from an ancient Scottish family, settled at Ballymagorry, County Tyrone, before 1641.
The Lowry coat-of-arms contains a garland of laurel branches.
Ballymagorry lies several miles north of Strabane, County Tyrone, and has been a settlement since Plantation times, being founded in the early 17th century by Sir George Hamilton, of Greenlaw, brother to James, 1st Earl of Abercorn.
He died in 1665, and was succeeded by his son,

JOHN LOWRY, who settled at Aghenis, County Tyrone, and married firstly, Jane, daughter of William Hamilton, of Ballyfallow, by whom he had issue,
William, died unmarried;
Elizabeth; Margaret; Mary.
Mr Lowry wedded secondly, Miss Mary Buchanan, a Scottish lady, and had issue,
John, died unmarried;
ROBERT, succeeded his brother;
Catherine; Rebecca; Anne; Jane.
Mr Lowry died at the celebrated Siege of Londonderry, 1689, and was succeeded by his surviving son,

ROBERT LOWRY, of Aghenis, espoused Anne, daughter of the Rev James Sinclair, of Hollyhill, County Tyrone, Rector of Clogherny, and afterwards of Desertcreat, County Tyrone (second son of Sir James Sinclair, of Caithness, and had issue,
Robert, of Melbury, dsp;
Galbraith, ancestor of THE EARLS OF BELMORE;
JAMES, of whom we treat.
Mr Lowry died in 1729, and was succeeded in his principal estates by his elder surviving son, while the younger,

THE REV JAMES LOWRY (1707-87), of Tullyhogue, County Tyrone, founded the branch seated at Pomeroy House.

He married Hester, daughter of William Richardson, of Richhill, MP for Armagh, and sister of Mary, Viscountess Gosford, and had issue,
ROBERT, of Pomeroy;
John (Rev);
James, from whom the
ROCKDALE branch;
The eldest son,

ROBERT LOWRY (1748-1802), of Pomeroy, wedded, in 1777, Elizabeth, daughter of Major William Tighe, of Ballyshannon, and had issue,
James, died unmarried;
William, of Drumreagh, Commander RN;
Everina; Hester; Elizabeth; Maria.
The eldest surviving son,

ROBERT WILLIAM LOWRY JP DL (1787-1869), of Pomeroy, High Sheriff of County Tyrone, 1812, espoused, in 1815, Anna, eldest daughter of Admiral Samuel Graves, the elder brother of of Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Graves KB, and had issue,
John Fetherstonhaugh;
Anna Jane.
Mr Lowry was succeeded by his eldest son,

ROBERT WILLIAM LOWRY JP DL (1816-99), of Pomeroy House, Barrister-at-Law, High Sheriff of County Tyrone, 1849, who married, in 1852, Frances Elizabeth, youngest daughter and co-heir of Benjamin Humphrey Geale Brady, of Mount Geale, County Kilkenny, and had issue,
Robert Geale, died in infancy;
ROBERT THOMAS GRAVES, of whom hereafter;
Mary Anna Catherine; Letitia Maria Isabella.
He wedded secondly, in 1880, Dorothea Elizabeth, second daughter of George Folliott, of Vicar's Cross, Cheshire.

The surviving son,

ROBERT THOMAS GRAVES LOWRY JP DL (1857-1947), of Pomeroy House, High Sheriff of County Tyrone, 1896, Major, 1st Dragoon Guards, was succeeded by his sister,

MARY ANNA CATHERINE LOWRY (d 1951), who wedded Colonel Charles Murray Alexander, and had issue, a son and heir,  

MAJOR CHARLES ADAM MURRAY ALEXANDER MC JP DL (1889-1958), Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, High Sheriff of County Tyrone, 1936.

Major Lowry fought in 1st World War, was wounded and mentioned in despatches, and was awarded the Military Cross in 1917.

He was a director of the Ulster Bank; on the board of the Pigs Marketing Board, Northern Ireland, the Great Northern Railway, and the Electricity Board, Northern Ireland; Ferguson Ltd, Dublin; Bessbrook Spinning Company Ltd; Harry Ferguson Motors Ltd; J N Richardson Sons & Owden Ltd.

Former estates ~ The Manor of Chichester and Leggin, including Pomeroy; and property at Baskine, County Westmeath, acquired by marriage. 

POMEROY HOUSE, near Pomeroy, County Tyrone, was built ca 1780 by Robert Lowry.

It consisted of three storeys over a basement, the top storey treated as an attic, above the cornice. 

The entrance front had a central, three-sided bow, one bay on either side of it.

Later there was a projecting porch added to the bow, with Ionic corner-pilasters.

The garden front (above) was of five bays, prolonged by a single-storey dining-room wing of 1815, with Wyatt windows in a three-sided bow and a polygonal lantern on the roof.

The main reception rooms were at the garden front.


Following Major Alexander's death, Pomeroy House was sold in 1959 to the Northern Ireland Forest Service, which swept it away.

The site is now largely a forest.

There is, however, a very fine stand of Scots pine within the forest.

There are other old demesne trees and the management is replacing hard-woods. 

The walled garden remains and the offices are extant.

Pomeroy Forest School is in modern buildings.

Shoots and Christmas trees add to the commercial use. 

On land not owned by the forestry service, now outside the demesne on the south side of the road, is the Alexander Vault, which is listed, with the last few specimens of a monkey puzzle avenue to the vault.

One gate lodge remains.

First published in January, 2012.

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