THE RT HON SIR RICHARD DAWSON BATES (1876-1949), 1st Baronet, married, in 1920, Jesse Muriel, daughter of Sir Charles John Cleland
He was born at Strandtown, Belfast, the family home being Brandon Towers.
Sir Dawson was MP for East Belfast, 1929-45; NI Minister of Home Affairs, 1921-43.
- Privy Counsellor
- OBE, 1919
- Knight Bachelor, 1921
- Baronet, 1937
In his retirement, strained financial circumstances and security (he constantly required a police escort) led him to rent Butleigh House, near Glastonbury, Somerset.
|Magherabuoy House: Photo credit ~ Magherabuoy House Hotel|
It was here that he died in 1949.
Sir Dawson's body was flown back to Northern Ireland for burial at Ballywillan parish church.
© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir Dawson lived at Magherabuoy House, Portrush, County Antrim (above), from 1934-47.
Although Portrush is in County Antrim, the townland of Magherabuoy presumably straddles the bordering county of Londonderry.Sir Dawson was succeeded by his only son,
SIR JOHN DAWSON BATES, 2nd Baronet, MC, (1921-98), of Butleigh House, Somerset, who wedded, in 1953, Mary Murray, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Murray Hoult, and had issue,
RICHARD DAWSON HOULT, his successor;Sir John was succeeded by his eldest son,
Charles Joseph Dill;
Drusilla Mary Cynthia.
SIR RICHARD DAWSON HOULT BATES, 3rd Baronet (1956-), who married, in 2001, Harriet Domenique, daughter of Domenico Scaramella, and has issue,
Isobel Jessie Mary, born in 2002.In 2003, the 3rd Baronet lived on the Isle of Man.
Brandon Towers was a large Victorian villa near Connsbrook Avenue in east Belfast.
First published in May, 2010.