Monday, 11 May 2015

Glyde Court

THE FOSTER BARONETS WERE MAJOR LANDOWNERS IN COUNTY LOUTH, WITH 3,442 ACRES

JOHN FOSTER, of Dunleer, County Louth, married, in 1704, Elizabeth, youngest daughter of William Fortescue, of Newrath, County Louth.

He died in 1747, leaving issue,
Anthony (1705-79), ancestor of Lord Oriel;
THOMAS, of whom presently;
John William, MP, of Dunleer;
Margaret; Alice; Charlotte.
The second son,

THE REV THOMAS FOSTER DD, Rector of Dunleer, County Louth, married, in 1740, Dorothy, daughter of William Burgh, of Birt, County Kildare, and was succeeded by his son, 

JOHN THOMAS FOSTER (1747-96), of Dunleer, sometime MP, who wedded, in 1776, Lady Elizabeth Hervey, daughter of Frederick, 4th Earl of Bristol and Lord Bishop of Derry, by whom (who wedded after his decease, William, 5th Duke of Devonshire, and died in 1824) he had issue,
Frederick Thomas, born 1777;
AUGUSTUS JOHN, of whom hereafter;
Elizabeth.
His younger son, 

THE RT HON SIR AUGUSTUS JOHN FOSTER GCH (1780-1848), of Stonehouse, County Louth, married, in 1815, Albina Jane, daughter of the Hon George Vere Hobart.

Mr Foster was knighted 1825 for his diplomatic services (which were not particularly distinguished, since his manners were not conciliating) and created a baronet in 1831.

The influence of his stepfather William, 5th Duke of Devonshire, was exercised at the instance of his mother, the Duke's second wife.

The 1st Baronet, who committed suicide, was succeeded by his eldest son,

SIR FREDERICK GEORGE FOSTER, 2nd Baronet (1816-1857) who died unmarried, and was succeeded by his next brother,

THE REV SIR CAVENDISH HERVEY FOSTER, 3rd Baronet (1817-1890), who married, in 1844, Isabella Todd. Their elder son was Major John Frederick Foster (1847-1890).

His heir,

SIR AUGUSTUS VERE FOSTER, 4th Baronet (1873-1947), married Charlotte Philippa Marion Ffolkes.

The baronetcy became extinct in 1947.


GLYDE COURT, near Tallanstown, County Louth, was a late 18th century house with a long elevation, remodelled in the 19th century in Jacobean style.

The long elevation had curvilinear gables and two curved bows.


The main entrance was at one end of the house, where there was a shorter front with two gabled projections joined by an arcaded cloister.


The last baronet to live at the Court, Sir Augustus, features in a rather romantic Edwardian family portrait by Sir William Orpen KBE, on display at the National Gallery of Ireland.

First published in April, 2013.

3 comments :

Northern Scrivener said...

One of this family was Vere Foster the educationalist.

Anonymous said...

According to Debrett´s Peerage & Baronetage (1980 edition), Glyde Court was lived in as late as 1979 by Mrs Dorothy Elizabeth Charlotte Vere May, née Foster, the surviving daughter of Sir Augustus Vere Foster, 4th and last Baronet. She was married to Lt-Col. Arthur Charles William May, a kinsman of the Earl of Ellesmere, who was apparently living in 1979. The couple was childless. The only now living Foster relatives that I know of are the several descendants of the sister of the 4th Baronet, who according to Debrett´s was still living in 1979.

Anonymous said...

There appears to be no explanation as to how or why the house fell into such rapid and total dereliction within a relatively short space of time. There is no information and no mention of what must have been a considerable amount of "good" furniture which must have been sold. Does anyone know why? Someone must have inherited the estate.