Monday, 15 July 2019

The O'Loghlen Baronets


The family of O'LOGHLEN was for centuries settled in County Clare, and, before the coming of the English into Ireland, ruled over the territory of the north of the county known as the barony of The Burren.

COLMAN O'LOGHLEN JP (1745-1810), of Portlecka, County Clare, married firstly, the sister of Daniel C'Connell, of Kilgory, which lady dsp; and secondly, in 1783, Susannah, daughter of Dr Michael Finucane, of Ennis, and had issue,
Colman (1817-26);
MICHAEL, of whom hereafter;
The third son,

MICHAEL O'LOGHLEN (1789-1842), MP for Dungarvan, 1835-37, a distinguished lawyer, having filled successively the offices of Solicitor and Attorney-General, was elevated to the Bench as a Baron of the Exchequer in 1836, which he relinquished on being appointed Master of the Rolls in Ireland the following year.

Mr O'Loghlen was created a baronet in 1838, designated of Drumconora, Ennis.

Sir Michael married, in 1817, Bidelia, daughter of Daniel Kelly, of Dublin, and had issue,
COLMAN MICHAEL, his successor;
Hugh Ross;
BRYAN, 3rd Baronet;
Maria; Susan; Bidelia; Lucy.
He was succeeded by his eldest son,

SIR COLMAN MICHAEL O'LOGHLEN, 2nd Baronet (1819-77), QC, MP for County Clare, 1863-77, who died unmarried, when the title devolved upon his brother,

SIR BRYAN O'LOGHLEN, 3rd Baronet (1828-1905), MP for County Clare, 1877-79, who wedded, in 1863, Ella, daughter of James Mackey Seward, and had issue,
MICHAEL, his successor;
Colman Seward;
Hugh Ross;
Bryan James;
Henry Ross, father of the 6th Baronet;
Annie Bidelia Margaret; Lucy Susan Mary; Ella Maude;
Frances Mary; Clare Mary; Aimee Margaret Julia.
Sir Bryan was succeeded by his eldest son,

SIR MICHAEL O'LOGHLEN, 4th Baronet (1866-1934), JP, High Sheriff of County Clare, 1910, who espoused, in 1918, Beatrice Mary, daughter of Sir Michael Murphy, 1st Baronet.

Sir Michael was the last Lord-Lieutenant of County Clare, 1910-22.

He died without issue, and was succeeded by his brother,

SIR CHARLES HUGH ROSS O'LOGHLEN, 5th Baronet (1881-1951), who died unmarried, when the title reverted to his cousin,

SIR COLMAN MICHAEL O'LOGHLEN, 6th Baronet (1916-2014), who wedded, in 1939, Margaret, daughter of Francis O'Halloran, and had issue,
MICHAEL, his successor;
Margaret; Janet.
Sir Colman was succeeded by his eldest son,

SIR MICHAEL O'LOGHLEN, 7th Baronet (1945-), QC, who wedded, in 1967, Elizabeth Mary, daughter of Dr D M Clarke, and has issue,
The present baronet lives in Australia.


NUTFIELD HOUSE, also known as Drumconora, County Clare, was a large three storey residence which belonged to the Crowe family at the end of the 18th century, and until at least 1814, when it was the residence of Robert Crowe.

By the mid-19th century, Nutfield was the home of Sir Colman O'Loghlen Bt, who held it in fee.

Unfortunately I presently have no further information about the house or its history.

First published in February, 2017.

Edgington's Windbreaker

The "Windbreaker" is a useful bit of kit.

It's been in use by my family since the 1960s.

This sun, wind, and beach shelter is made, I think, from canvas, with a wooden framework and metal supports.

The company that manufactured it was called Benjamin Edgington, a well-known tent manufacturer which was taken over by Black's in 1967, and is now part of the J D Sports chain, I gather.

I brought it along with me yesterday, in fact, when I motored down the coast to Helen's Bay.
Helen's Bay, in County Down, is a small village situated on the coast four miles west of Bangor. 
It is named after Helen, Lady Dufferin (née Sheridan), mother of Frederick, 5th Baron Dufferin and Claneboye and 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava, owner of the Clandeboye Estate outside Bangor. 
Helen’s Bay is a planned village which derived from the building of the Belfast and County Down Railway (BCDR) in the mid-19th century. 
Lord Dufferin, the landowner, had aspirations to develop the area as a luxury holiday resort.
Having loaded the Windbreaker, a portable chair, Much Obliged, Jeeves, and some orange juice in the boot, I stopped en route at a petrol station for some sandwiches (chicken and stuffing), and carried on for another ten or twelve minutes to the car park at Helen's Bay.

Grey Point fort and Helen's Bay golf club are here, too.

I didn't wish to be too far from home because the men's tennis final at Wimbledon was being shown on television at about 2pm.

The beach is a mere hop, skip and jump away from the car park; down a gently-inclined tarmac path adjacent to the golf club.

I had arrived early enough to witness an intrepid group of swimmers entering the water.

By the time I was leaving, early in the afternoon, the car park was almost full.

Sunday, 14 July 2019

1st Baron Deramore


THOMAS BATESON, who resided upon his family estates in Catterall, Lancashire, died in 1629, and left, with a younger son and daughter, Gilbert and Margaret, a son and heir,

ROBERT BATESON, who died in 1663, and was succeeded by his only son,

ROBERT BATESON, who had two sons,
THOMAS, of whom presently;
Richard, ancestor of the BATESON-HARVEY BARONETS.
THOMAS BATESON (1704-91) succeeded his father in the Lancashire estates, but disposing soon afterwards of those, he settled in Ulster and resided at Orangefield, Knockbreda, County Down.

The family of Thomas Bateson, Photo Credit: Ulster Museum

Mr Bateson also purchased the Salters' Estate, Magherafelt, County Londonderry, and Moira Demesne.

Thomas Bateson was a partner in the firm Mussenden, Bateson and Company, wine merchants, in Winecellar Court, Belfast, with trading links to the West Indies.

His firm imported wine and rum. Benn (1880) also notes that, in 1752, Bateson was one of three founding partners of Belfast’s first bank, Mussenden, Adair and Bateson. Like many successful merchants, he invested in land, acquiring property at Magherafelt and Moira.

Bateson acquired a leasehold interest in Orangefield, in the parish of Knockbreda, for the term of twenty-one years, where he lived.
He wedded, in 1747, Margaret, daughter and co-heiress of of Mr White, of White Hall, County Antrim, and widow of William Hartley, of Dublin, and had issue,
THOMAS, his heir;
Richard, died unmarried;
William, died unmarried;
Jane, m in 1782, J Dunne, KC;
Frances, m in 1805, Hans Mark Hamill, of Co Down.
Mr Bateson was succeeded by his eldest son, 

THOMAS BATESON (1752-1811), who married Elizabeth, youngest daughter of  George Lloyd FRS, of Hulme Hall, Lancashire, by Susanna, sister of Sir William Horton Bt, of Chadderton, Lancashire, and had an only son,

ROBERT BATESON (1782-1863), of Belvoir Park and Moira Park, both in County Down, who succeeded to the family estates at the demise of his father, 1811.

Mr Bateson was created a baronet in 1818, designated of Belvoir Park, County Down.

He married, in 1811, Catherine, youngest daughter of Samuel Dickinson, of Ballynaguile, County Limerick, and had issue,
ROBERT, MP, (1816-43);
THOMAS, his successor;
Maria Catherine; Elizabeth Honoria.
Sir Robert was succeeded by his second son,

SIR THOMAS BATESON, 2nd Baronet (1819-90), DL, MP for Londonderry, 1844, who married, in 1849, Caroline Elizabeth Anne, second daughter and co-heiress of George, 4th Baron Dynevor, and had issue,
Eva Frances Caroline, m D A Ker, of Montalto;
Kathleen Mary, m W A Farquhar.
Sir Thomas was elevated to the peerage, in 1885, in the dignity of BARON DERAMORE, of Belvoir, County Down.

He died without male issue, when the titles devolved upon his surviving brother,

GEORGE WILLIAM, 2nd Baron (1823-93), who married Mary Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of George John de Yarburgh, of Heslington Hall, Yorkshire.

In 1892, his lordship assumed the surname of BATESON after, instead of before, that of DE YARBURGH.

By his wife he had issue,
ROBERT WILFRED, his successor;
GEORGE NICHOLAS, succeeded his brother as 4th Baron;
Mary; Katherine Hylda.
His lordship was succeeded by his eldest son,

ROBERT WILFRID, 3rd Baron (1865-1936), Lord-Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire, 1924-36, who espoused firstly, in 1897, Caroline Lucy, eldest daughter of Henry William Fife, of Lee Hall, Northumberland, by whom he had an only child,
Moira Faith Lilian.
He married secondly, in 1907, Blanche Violet, eldest daughter of Colonel Philip Saltmarshe, of Daresbury House, Yorkshire.

His lordship died without male issue, when the family honours devolved upon his brother,

GEORGE NICHOLAS, 4th Baron (1870-1943), who wedded, in 1900, Muriel Katherine, third daughter and co-heiress of Arthur Duncombe, MP, and had issue,
STEPHEN NICHOLAS, his successor;
Richard Arthur;
Judith Katherine.
His lordship was succeeded by his elder son,

STEPHEN NICHOLAS, 5th Baron (1903-64), who wedded, in 1929, Nina Marion, eldest daughter of Alistair Macpherson-Grant, by whom he had an only child,
Jane Faith.
The 5th Baron died without male issue, and was succeeded by his brother,

RICHARD ARTHUR, 6th Baron (1911-2006), who espoused, in 1948, Janet Mary, daughter of Dr John Ware, by whom he had an only child,

THE HON ANNE KATHERINE DE YARBURGH-BATESON, who married, in 1982, Jonathan Henry Maconchy Peel, of Buckinghamshire, and has issue.

The Barony and Baronetcy both expired following the death of the 6th Baron in 2006.

I have written about Belvoir House and Moira Castle elsewhere on this blog.

First published in September, 2010.

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Moira Castle

Photo Credit: Royal Irish Academy

Here is a rare painting of Moira Castle in County Down, former seat of the Rawdons, Earls of Moira

Moira Castle, as described by Burke's, was
A large, three-storey, 18th century house with a nine-bay front, consisting of a five-bay centre and a two-bay extension, slightly higher than the centre, on either side.

Only the roof of the centre section was visible: The roofs of the side bays were either flat, or concealed by the massive cornices with which these bays were surmounted.

The mansion had a pedimented and rusticated doorway; curved end bows.

The front was prolonged by single-storey wings on either side, ending in piers with urns.
The Rawdons sold their Moira demesne to Sir Robert Bateson Bt in 1805 and moved to Montalto estate, near Ballynahinch, in the same county.

It is thought that Moira Castle was ruinous by the 1830s.


THE water-colour above is by Gabriel Beranger (1729-1817).

Beranger was born in 1729 at Rotterdam, in the Netherlands.

He moved to Dublin in 1750 to join other family members.

In 1756, he married his cousin Louise Beranger (d 1782), and shortly afterwards opened a print shop at St Stephen's Green.
Beranger became acquainted with several members of Dublin society who were then taking a great interest in Irish history and antiquities. In 1773 he and his antiquarian friends made the first of their tours through Ireland.
Beranger's wife died in April, 1782, and in June of that year, he married Elizabeth Mestayer.

In the early 1780s, he obtained a job as assistant ledger-keeper in the exchequer office.

In later years his circumstances were eased after he inherited part of a fortune amassed in India by his brother-in-law, Colonel Mestayer.

Gabriel Beranger died at a house in St Stephen's Green in 1817.

First published in March, 2011.

Friday, 12 July 2019

Marquess's Coronet

THE coronet of a marquess is a silver-gilt circlet with four strawberry leaves around it, alternating with four silver balls, known as pearls, on points.

The coronet itself is chased as if in the form of jewels (like a royal crown) but is not actually jewelled.

It has a crimson cap (lined ermine) in real life and a purple one in heraldic representation, and a golden tassel on top.

The alternation of strawberry leaves and pearls is what distinguishes a marquess's coronet from those of other ranks.

Coronets are rarely worn nowadays, although they are customarily worn at coronations.

They can, however, still be seen depicted on peers' coats-of-arms as a badge of rank within the five degrees of the hereditary peerage.

The coronet of a marchioness sits on top of the head (instead of around it).

A marquess is a peer of the second degree in the peerage, ranking above an earl and below a duke.

First published in May, 2010.

MV Trasna

The 5th Duke of Westminster had a beautiful, classic, wooden motor yacht which was moored at His Grace's County Fermanagh seat, Ely Lodge.

Trasna, the finest vessel I have ever seen on Lough Erne, is 54 feet in length and holds sixteen passengers in comfort.

The yacht was designed for the 5th Duke by the firm G L Watson, and built by Bruce Cowley at Bangor Shipyard Company in Bangor, County Down.

Originally called Trasna of Ely, she was completed in 1968-9.

Trasna sports a splendid figurehead on her bow, a golden wheatsheaf or garb, part of the Grosvenor coat-of-arms.

Lough Erne’s most handsome motor yacht is clipper-style.

When the 6th Duke moved permanently to the family's Cheshire seat, Eaton Hall, Trasna was acquired briefly by the National Trust, when it was moored near the boat-house at Crom estate for several years during the late 1980s.

I've sailed on her several times, under the captaincy of Robert Lowry, of Blessingbourne.

Trasna now belongs to the Duke of Abercorn and is based at Belle Isle estate, County Fermanagh.

First published in July, 2013.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

The Kingsmill Baronetcy

This is a scion of the ancient Scottish house of BRUCE, of Airth.

THE REV EDWARD BRICE (c1569-1636), younger brother of the Laird of Airth, settled in Ulster, 1608-9, and had two sons; of whom the elder, Randall Bryce, resided at Lisburn and Kilroot, and was appointed High Sheriff of County Antrim, 1675.

The younger son,

ROBERT BRICE (c1613-76), of Castle Chichester, Whitehead, County Antrim, was father of one son,

EDWARD BRICE, Lieutenant-Colonel and Captain of Upton's Horse, raised in County Antrim, 1715.

He matriculated in Edinburgh in 1693, and proved his descent from the house of Airth.

Colonel Brice married, in 1718, Jane, daughter of Richard Dobbs, of Castle Dobbs, County Antrim, and had an only son,

EDWARD BRICE, born ca 1720-21, High Sheriff of County Antrim, 1748, who married firstly, in 1752, Rose, daughter of Alexander Stewart, of Acton, County Armagh, and Ballintoy, County Antrim, by whom he had one son and successor,
He wedded secondly, Jane Adair, and by her had four sons, one of whom was a lieutenant-colonel in the Brigade of Guards, and killed in Egypt, under Sir Ralph Abercromby KB; another died a lieutenant in the Royal Navy; a third died shortly after his return from the West Indies; and the fourth, Archibald, was in holy orders, and beneficed in Norfolk (he left two sons; the elder succeeded him in one of his livings, and the younger, a barrister, resided in Bath; and two daughters, the younger died unmarried, and the elder, Maria, espoused the Rt Hon Sir John Anstruther, 4th Baronet, Chief Justice of Bengal, and had issue).

Mr Brice's only son by his first marriage,

EDWARD BRICE (1753-), married, in 1772, Theodora, eldest daughter of Thomas, 1st Baron Ventry, and had issue,
EDWARD, his heir;
Thomas Richard;
Rose; Eliza; Theodora; Charlotte.
The eldest son,

EDWARD BRICE JP (1783-), of Scoutbush and Kilroot, County Antrim, High Sheriff of County Antrim, 1836, wedded, in 1807, Maria, eldest daughter of James Coghlan, of Castlegar, County Mayo, a descendant of the family of MacCoghlans, who lost, by forfeiture, during the reign of WILLIAM III, considerable estates, which they possessed in the King's County, and had issue,
EDWARD (Rev), b 1811;
James Alexander, b 1826;
Marianne; Rose.
Mr Bruce, who assumed, by royal licence, in 1811, the family name, BRUCE, which had been changed by one of his early progenitors into Brice or Bryce.

ABOUT 1720, Captain Charles Brice, an illegitimate son of Robert Brice, resided at Castle Chichester.

He is said to have married a Miss Curry, by whom he had three sons, viz. Edward, Robert, and Arthur; and two daughters, one of whom Dorothea, was married to William Innes, of Dromantine, County Down.

Charles is reported to have died about 1746.

Edward wedded Catherine, daughter of George Spaight, of Carrickfergus; in 1779, their daughter, Prudence, was married to George Bateson, of London.

In 1761, Edward was Surveyor of the Port of Belfast, and agent for the French prisoners kept in that town; he died at Castle Chichester, July, 1796.

Admiral Sir Robert Kingsmill Bt; Photo Credit: Tate Gallery

ADMIRAL SIR ROBERT BRICE KINGSMILL (1730-1805) entered into the Royal Navy, was promoted to the rank of Admiral, and was also created a baronet, in 1800, designated of Sidmanton [sic], Hampshire.

He espoused, ca 1766, Elizabeth Corry, heiress to the Kingsmill estates at Sydmonton Court in Hampshire, by whom he obtained a large fortune on assuming her name; which surname his brother Edward took soon after.

Sir Robert died issueless, and was succeeded by his nephew,

SIR ROBERT KINGSMILL, 2nd Baronet (1772-1823), of Sydmonton, and also of Castle Chichester and Ormeau, who married, in 1796, Elizabeth, daughter of Charles Newman, of Calcutta, and had issue, two daughters,
Elizabeth Catherine, b 1797; m, 1824, Sir John Kingsmill;
Anna Maria (1800-18).
Sir Robert, agent to the Marquess of Donegall, died in 1823, and leaving no male heir, the baronetcy expired.

From 1669 to 1823, the Brice family lived in the Manor House, Whitehead, County Antrim, that stands beside CASTLE CHICHESTER (above).

They were agents for a mail boat service from Scotland that berthed at Castle Quay, just below the castle.

Letters and other items of mail from Scotland were loaded onto a small boat, which then delivered them from Castle Chichester to Belfast.

The Brices were paid the sum of £100 per annum for their mail service.

It must have been a lucrative trade – records from the time tell us that "...Randall Brice of Castle Chichester (Whitehead), son of Robert, who also resided there, who died in November, 1676, having amassed much wealth in trading with Scotland...".

The mail packet station closed about 1740 when trade moved to Donaghadee, County Down.