Thursday, 16 April 2015

Fardross House

THE FAMILY OF GLEDSTANES OWNED 2,982 ACRES OF LAND IN COUNTY TYRONE

This family, of Scottish extraction, was long settled at Fardross.

In 1688, CAPTAIN JAMES GLEDSTANES equipped at his own expense a body of yeomen, and led them to the relief of Londonderry, for which he received a certificate, and the thanks of Governor Walker.

His eldest son,

JAMES GLEDSTANES, of Fardross, married Miss Graham, of Hockley, near Armagh, and left issue,
Thomas;
Anne;
Mary, m A Johnston MP, of Rademon;
MARGARET, of whom presently;
Katherine, m C King MP, of St Angelo, Co Fermanagh.
The third daughter and eventually co-heir, 

MARGARET GLEDSTANES, wedded, in 1767, AMBROSE UPTON, a major in the 13th Dragoons, of Hermitage, County Dublin.

They both died in 1804, leaving a son and daughter,

WHITNEY UPTON, who took the name of GLEDSTANES, and married firstly, Isabella, daughter of the Rev Ancketell Moutray, of Favour Royal, County Tyrone; and secondly, in 1799, Emily, daughter of Michael Aylmer, of Courtown, County Kildare; and by her had an only son,
AMBROSE, of whom presently.
MARY ANNE CATHERINE,
who espoused, in 1793, John Corry Moutray DL, of Favour Royal, County Tyrone, who died in 1859, leaving issue, six sons and three daughters; of whom the youngest daughter, Sophia, wedded, in 1838, Robert Hornidge, who assumed, in 1871, the name and arms of GLEDSTANES. He was the second son of Richard Hornidge DL, of Tulfarris, County Wicklow.
She died in 1848, leaving issue,
MOUTRAY, of Fardross;
Robert;
Cecilia; Marion.
He wedded secondly, in 1855, Mary, daughter of Mervyn Stewart, of Martray, County Tyrone, by whom he had issue. He died in 1876.

The only surviving son of Mr Upton Gledstanes, 

AMBROSE UPTON GLEDSTANES JP DL (1802-71), High Sheriff, 1829, wedded, in 1828, Cecilia, daughter of Richard Hornidge DL, of Tulfarris, County Wicklow, and Elizabeth, his wife, daughter of Hugh Henry, of Lodge Park, County Kildare, but by her had no issue.

He died in 1871, and was succeeded by his cousin,

MOUTRAY GLEDSTANES JP (1845-1917), of Fardross, County Tyrone, captain, Royal Tyrone Fusiliers, who married, in 1874, Helen Catherine, daughter of John James Verschoyle, of Tassagart, County Dublin, by Catherine Helen his wife, daughter of the Rev W H Foster, and granddaughter of the Rt Rev William Foster DD, Lord Bishop of Clogher, and had issue,
AMBROSE UPTON, of whom hereafter;
Helen Margaret Catherine;
Sophia Cecilia Marion.
His only son, 

AMBROSE UPTON GLEDSTANES (1876-1957), lieutenant-colonel, 30th Lancers, Indian Army, married, in 1909, Adelaide Isabella, daughter of Major Robert Tankerville Webber (Welsh Fusiliers), and Isabella his wife, daughter of the Hon and Rev W Wingfield, rector of Abbeyleix, Queen's County.


FARDROSS HOUSE, near Clogher, County Tyrone, was built pre-1835 for Ambrose Upton Gledstanes.

It was considerably more modest originally.

Mr Gledstane's father-in-law, Richard Hornidge, acquired Fardross, which was in a dilapidated state, not long afterwards, renovating and refurbishing the house; and adding a gate lodge.


The present house, with six bedrooms, sits in 300 acres. There is a courtyard.

This is a rural demesne, dating from the 17th century on the River Blackwater, set in parkland, with fine mature trees, including some exotics.

There is no evidence of an ornamental garden and the walled garden is not planted.

The area is intensively farmed and private.

Fardross Forest is adjacent with public access.

First published in April, 2013.

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