Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Synnot of Ballymoyer


TOBIAS SYNNOT, of County Londonderry, was brought up a Protestant, and was in Londonderry during its celebrated siege.
The family is said to have come originally from Flanders, where the name "Sigenod" meant "Victory-bold". Translations and modifications over time saw the name become "Synad". Various explanations of when and how the family travelled to Ireland have been documented, however all revolve around the Norman Invasion of Ireland.
It is believed that a Richard de Synad was one of the Flemish that crossed to Ireland with Strongbow in the invasion force. After various campaigns from Waterford to Wexford and on to Dublin, he returned to the Wexford region to settle down. He later built a castle at Ballybrennan, close to the present village of Killinick, on the main Wexford-Rosslare road.
This was the family's chief castle, which remained until dispossessed in the Cromwellian confiscations. The castle is long gone, but part of its walls is incorporated into the present large dwelling house at the site.
This Tobias's eldest son,

THOMAS SYNNOT, town major of the city of Dublin and Captain in Lucas's Regiment of Foot, 1711, left a son and heir,

RICHARD SYNNOT, of Drumcondra, registrar of the diocese of Armagh, who married, in 1694, Jane, daughter of Edward Bloxham, of Dublin, and had (with a daughter) a son,

MARK SYNNOT (1696-1754), of Drumcondra.

Mr Synnot wedded firstly, Euphemia, daughter of Mr Rivers; and secondly, in 1769, Anne, daughter of Walter Nugent, of Carpenterstown, County Westmeath, by whom he had issue,
Mark, of Drumcondra;
WALTER (Sir), of whom presently;
Mary, W Smyth, of Drumcree.
His younger son, 

SIR WALTER SYNNOT (1742-1821), of Ballymoyer, Sir Walter built Ballymoyer House in County Armagh.
By the time of his death, he and his son Marcus had made considerable improvements to the estate and many of the beautiful trees, buildings and structural improvements date from this time. The demesne was noted as being very ornate. He was knighted by Lord Buckingham, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, high sheriff of Armagh, 1783.
He married, in 1770, Jane, daughter of John Seton, of New York,  and by her had issue, 
MARCUShis heir;
Sir Walter espoused secondly, in 1804, Ann Elizabeth, daughter of the Rev Robert Martin, and had by her a daughter, Elizabeth, wife of the Rev Fitzgibbon Stewart, and a son,
Richard Walter.
The son and heir,

MARCUS SYNNOT JP (1771-1855), of Ballymoyer, High Sheriff of County Armagh in 1830, who married, in 1814, Jane, daughter of Thomas Gilson, of Wood Lodge, Lincolnshire, and by her had issue,
MARCUShis heir;
MARK SETON, of Ballymoyer, heir to his brother;
Parker George;
William Forbes;
Mary Marcia; Maria Eliza; Agnes Jane;
Barbara Cecilia; Juliana Hewitt.
Mr Synnot died in 1855, and was succeeded by his eldest son, 

MARCUS SYNNOT JP DL (1813-74), of Ballymoyer House; High Sheriff, 1853, who wedded, in 1844, Ann, eldest daughter of William Parker, of Hanthorpe House, Lincolnshire.

Mr Synnot died without issue in 1874, when the estates devolved upon his brother,

MARK SETON SYNNOT JP DL, of Ballymoyer, High Sheriff in 1876. His heir, also

MARK SETON SYNNOT JP (1820-90), of Ballymoyer, County Armagh, Captain, Armagh Light Infantry, who married, in 1843, Anne Jane, second daughter and co-heir of Mark Synnot, of Monasterboice House, King's County (Offaly), and Grove House, Clapham, Surrey; and by her had issue,
MARK SETON, late of Ballymoyer;
MARY SUSANNAof Ballymoyer;
Rosalie Jane; Eva Charlotte;
Charlotte Augusta; Ada Maria;
Annette Beatrice.
Mr Synnot died in 1890, when he was succeeded by his only son, 

MARK SETON SYNNOT JP (1847-1901), of Ballymoyer, a captain in the Armagh Light Infantry.

Mr Synnot died unmarried in 1901, whereby the estate devolved upon his eldest sister,

MARY SUSANNA SYNNOT (1844-1913), of Ballymoyer, who married, in 1868, Major-General Arthur FitzRoy Hart CB CMG, who subsequently assumed the name and arms of SYNNOT; and left issue,
ARTHUR HENRY SETON, of whom presently;
RONALD VICTOR OKES, of whom hereafter;
Beatrice May;
Horatia Annette Blanche.
The elder son,

BRIGADIER ARTHUR HENRY SETON HART-SYNNOT CMG DSO, married a nurse, Violet Drower, while convalescing from his wounds, though died without issue in 1942.


THE REV WILLIAM HART, of the parish of Netherbury, Dorset, born in 1668-9,

possessed land in the county of Dorset, namely Corfe, in the parish of West Milton, Pomice, Hurlands, Colmer's Estate, Camesworth, Greening's Orchard, and Furzelease House, in Netherbury.
He was buried in 1746 at Netherbury, leaving by Ann, his wife, with other issue who died young, a son,

WILLIAM HART (1707-71), of Netherbury, who wedded, in 1731, Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Henville, of Hincknowle, Netherbury; and by her had issue, with two daughters, Betty and Ann, who both died unmarried, an only surviving son,

GEORGE HART (1744-1824), of Netherbury, who possessed lands in Dorset, viz. Corfe, Cape Leazne [sic], and Pomice.

His elder son,

LIEUTENANT-COLONEL WILLIAM HART (1764-1818), of Netherbury, had issue, his third son,

LIEUTENANT-GENERAL HENRY GEORGE HART (1808-78), whose fourth son was



The tenanted land of BALLYMOYER estate was transferred to the occupiers under the Irish land acts of 1902 and 1909.

Subsequently Brigadier Hart-Synnot and his brother, Ronald Victor Okes Hart-Synnot, sold the farm land of the demesne and, in 1938, gave the avenue and glen to the National Trust, and had the house pulled down owing to damage suffered from requisitioning.

The estate is now open to the public.

First published in February, 2012.


jane Willams said...

Thought you would like to know that SIR WALTER was married TWICE.
His second wife, Ann MARTIN was the mother of Ann {who never married} and RICHARD who had two children. Ann died in ROME {age 14}. She is buried with Sir Walter in the PROTESTANT CEMETARY There.
LADY Synont returned to England.
She is my 3rd great AUNT.
I have a great family HISTORY and can tell more if you require.
Jane Williams.

Rex Sinnott said...

Interesting comments. I have a descendancy tree for Richard de Synad on and would be interested in comparing it with Jane's Synnot family history.