Friday, 26 October 2012

3rd Viscount Palmerston

One of the topics chosen on the BBC's Mastermind programme this evening is the life and career of the Right Honourable Henry John [Temple], 3rd Viscount Palmerston, KG, GCB, PC.

I have written about the Temple family and their association with Classiebawn Castle.

The TEMPLES, and the ducal house of Buckingham & Chandos, maternally descended, are said to have been of Saxon origin, and to have sprung immediately from the son and heir of Ælfgar, Earl of Mercia.

SIR WILLIAM TEMPLE, knight, a learned and eminent person in the reign of ELIZABETH I, secretary to the unfortunate Earl of Essex, removed into Ireland, and was appointed provost of Trinity College, Dublin.

He received the honour of knighthood in 1622. His elder son,

SIR JOHN TEMPLE, knight, born in 1600, who was constituted master of the Rolls in Ireland. His youngest son,

SIR JOHN TEMPLE, knight, was solicitor and attorney-general, and speaker of the House of Commons in Ireland. His grandson,

HENRY TEMPLE ESQ, who was raised to the peerage, in 1722, with the dignities of Baron Temple and VISCOUNT PALMERSTON.

The 3rd Viscount was a statesman who served twice as Prime Minister in the mid-19th century.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Nothing really to do with Palmerston merely about the street, in your bailiwick, named for him: brings together Palmerston Rope Works,Mrs Beeton and a contemporary explorer.

William Homes Smiles, who founded the Belfast Rope Works in the early 1870s, was the son of Dr Samuel Smiles,the author of the Victorian classic,Self Help. William Smiles lived at Westbank House on the Palmerston Road Sydenham Belfast. Mrs Lucy Smiles was half sister to Mrs Beeton the Victorian cookery expert. The Smiles family give a lot to Northern Ireland they also give their two sons who were both killed in action. Lt-Col.Sir Walter Dorling Smiles CIE DSO ( 8 November 1883-31 January 1953) was a member of Parliament for Blackburn from 1931 to 1945. Smiles was re-elected in 1935 but stood for Down Northern Ireland in the 1945 Westminster election as a Unionist. Smiles won North Down that year and remained its MP until his death in 1953. He lost his life in the sinking of the Princess Victoria. After Smiles’ death his daughter Patricia (later Lady Fisher) was returned as MP for the constituency. Patricia’s grandson is the explorer Bear Grylls.