HUGH HAMILTON settled at Lisbane, County Down, during the reign of JAMES I, and was made denizen of Ireland in 1616.
He died in 1655 and was buried at Bangor, County Down, leaving issue, his second son,
ALEXANDER HAMILTON, of Killyleagh, who married Jean, daughter of John Hamilton, of Belfast; and died in 1676, left issue by her,
HUGH HAMILTON, of Ballybranagh, who wedded Mary, sister of Robert Ross, of Rostrevor, and daughter of George Ross, of Portavo, by Ursula his wife, daughter of Captain Hans Hamilton, of Carnesure.
Dying in 1678, Mr Hamilton was buried at Killyleagh, leaving issue, his elder son,
ALEXANDER HAMILTON, of Knock, County Dublin, and of Newtownhamilton, County Armagh; MP for Killyleagh, 1730-61.
He married Isabella, daughter of Robert Maxwell, of Finnebrogue, County Down.
Mr Hamilton's mother Jane was daughter of the Rev Simon Chichester, Vicar of Belfast (eldest son of Henry Chichester, of Marwood, by Jane, daughter of the Rt Rev Robert Maxwell, Lord Bishop of Kilmore).
Mr Hamilton died in 1768, leaving four sons and three daughters. His second son,
ROBERT HAMILTON, of Gloucester Street, Dublin, married and was succeeded by his elder son,
THE REV ALEXANDER CHETWOOD HAMILTON, Rector of Thomastown, County Kilkenny, who married, in 1801, Eleanor, daughter and co-heir of THE REV SEWELL STUBBER.
The said rector assumed, by royal licence, in 1824, the surname of STUBBER in lieu of Hamilton, and the arms of Stubber only.
His son and heir,
ROBERT HAMILTON STUBBER JP DL (1803-63), of Moyne, high sheriff, 1831, married, in 1840, Olivia, daughter of the Rev Edward Lucas, of the Castleshane family, and widow of Henry Smyth, of Mount Henry, Queen’s County.
His eldest son,
ROBERT HAMILTON HAMILTON-STUBBER JP DL (1846-1916), of Moyne and Castle Fleming, Queen’s County; high sheriff, 1873; late lieutenant, Royal Dragoons, was succeeded by his son,
MAJOR ROBERT HAMILTON-STUBBER DSO (1879-1963), 1st Life Guards; served in S African war, 1900-01.
MOYNE HOUSE, near Durrow, County Laois, is a five-bay two-storey house with dormer attic, built ca 1730.
It has a pedimented central bay with a projecting porch.
Moyne was renovated and extended about 1880, with two-bay, two-storey wings and a dormer attic.
The house has a double-pitched and hipped slate roof, with rolled lead ridge tiles and limestone ashlar chimney-stacks.
The roof is gabled; rubble limestone walls; a Venetian-style window opening to entrance bay and oculus to pediment.
The house is set back from the main road in its own landscaped grounds.
It has a stable complex, including two-storey rubble stone ranges, one of which was renovated about 1970 to accommodate residential use.
Of its interior, the drawing-room is notable for its Adam-Revival ceiling; while the dining-room has a frieze of plasterwork in late 18th century style; and a carved wood chimney-piece in Elizabethan style.
Moyne Polo Club, established in 1996, is affiliated to the Hurlingham Polo Association.
A Midsummer Ball and one-day tournament is held in June; a two-day tournament on the penultimate weekend in July; and a tournament in August with the emphasis on junior polo.
Moyne House became the Hamilton family home in the early part of the 19th century, when Robert Hamilton-Stubber (1803-63) moved there from Kilkenny.
The house then descended via Robert Hamilton-Stubber (1846-1916) to Major Robert Hamilton-Stubber DSO (d 1963), who sold Moyne to his cousin, Hubert Charles Hamilton, in the 1920s; from whom the present branch of the family is descended.
The Hamilton family continue to live at Moyne.
First published in December, 2012.