Sunday, 26 July 2015

Mulroy House

THE EARLS OF LEITRIM WERE THE SECOND LARGEST LANDOWNERS IN COUNTY DONEGAL, WITH 54,352 ACRES.

This family is originally from France, where Albert Clements is said to have been a Marshal in 1183.

This family settled in Ireland some time during the reign of JAMES I.

DANIEL CLEMENTS JP (c1624-80), son of Robert Clements, went over to Ireland with Oliver Cromwell.

He was a cornet in the New Model Army, probably in Colonel Thomas Coote's regiment.
It is thought that this family came from Leicestershire. About 1657, Daniel Clements received a grant of land at Rathkenny, County Cavan. He was High Sheriff of County Cavan, 1674; JP, 1675. 
His son,

ROBERT CLEMENTS (1664-1722), Deputy Vice-Treasurer for Ireland, wedded Mary, eldest daughter of Theophilus Sandford, an ancestor of the Lords Mount Sandford, by whom he had three sons,
THEOPHILUS, his heir;
Robert;
NATHANIEL, succeeded his brother.
This Robert was attainted by the Irish parliament convoked by King JAMES II in 1689, but was restored to his states in Cavan on the establishment of the government of WILLIAM III, and appointed Deputy Vice-Treasurer of Ireland. 

He sat as MP for Carrickfergus, 1692, and for Newry, 1715-22; High Sheriff of County Cavan, 1694; Teller of the Irish Exchequer and Deputy Vice-Treasurer of Ireland.

Mr Robert Clements was succeeded by his eldest son,

THE RT HON THEOPHILUS CLEMENTS, also one of the Tellers of the Exchequer, married Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Francis Burton, of Duncraggy, County Clare; but dying without issue, was succeeded by his next brother,

THE RT HON NATHANIEL CLEMENTS (1705-77), MP, also one of the tellers of the Irish Exchequer; and upon the decease of the Rt Hon Luke Gardiner, Deputy Vice-Treasurer of Ireland.

This gentleman espoused, in 1729, Hannah, eldest daughter of the Very Rev William Gore, Dean of Down, and had issue,
ROBERT;
Henry Theophilus;
Elizabeth, m to Lord Conyngham;
Hannah, m to Sir George Montgomery Bt;
Catherine, m to Eyre, Lord Clarina;
Alicia, m to Ralph Gore, Earl of Ross.
Mr Clements was succeeded at his decease by his eldest son,

ROBERT CLEMENTS (1732-1804), who was elevated to the peerage, in 1783, as Baron Leitrim, of Manor Hamilton, County Leitrim, in 1783.

His lordship was advanced to a viscountcy, as Viscount Leitrim, in 1793; and further advanced to the dignity of an earldom, as EARL OF LEITRIM, in 1795.

He wedded, in 1765, Elizabeth, daughter of Clotworthy, 1st Earl of Massereene, and by her had issue,
NATHANIEL, his successor;
Robert Clotworthy;
Louisa; Caroline.
Robert, 1st Earl (1732–1804)
Nathaniel, 2nd Earl (1768–1854)
Robert Bermingham, Viscount Clements (1805-39)
William Sydney, 3rd Earl (1806-78)
Robert Bermingham, 4th Earl (1847-92) 

Another residence of the Earls of Leitrim was Lough Rynn Castle, near Mohill, County Leitrim.

The 4th and 5th Earls, however, mainly used Mulroy House, near Letterkenny, County Donegal, as their residence.


MULROY HOUSE is a large two-storey Tudor-Revival stone house, ca 1865, possibly by William Burn, with fine views over Mulroy Bay, in good condition.

Austere externally but commodious inside and maintained as a dwelling, wings added in 1890s.

Important plant collection begun by the 5th Earl and Countess; later the residence of the Hon Hedley Strutt, Lord Leitrim's nephew.

Extensive and important planting, by the 5th Earl and Countess, of rhododendron, magnolia, eucryphia and other species put in from 1936, mainly along the drives and sheltered by pre-existing shelter belts from the 1860s; a great deal of the latter suffered during Hurricane Debbie in the 1960s.

Lady O'Neill (in an article pre-1985) refers to huge specimens in 'first class condition' but noted that they were very overgrown with lesser material.

Now even more overgrown, but the collection is supervised by Uel Henderson. Said to be a site for the rare Killarney fern. (Lamb & Bowe).

The village of Carrigart originally formed part of the Leitrim estates, near Mulroy House.

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THE THIRD EARL was murdered in nearby Cratlagh wood, in 1878, by men from the neighbouring peninsula.

It has been claimed that the 3rd Earl's "overbearing behaviour as a landlord brought him much hatred from his tenants, Roman Catholic and Protestant alike, whom he evicted with equal enthusiasm".

Former town residence ~ 44 Grosvenor Gardens, London.

First published in August, 2011.  Leitrim arms courtesy of European Heraldry.

4 comments :

Anonymous said...

The Hon Hedley Strutt is still in residence at Mulroy House. Several of the buildings on the estate have been beautifully restored. The most recent of which (2011) is the former Agent's House with its magnificent views over the Bay.

Henry McFadden said...

Highland Radio 25th March 2012
The death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of the Right Honourable Hedley – Vickers Strutt, Mulroy House, Carrigart.

His remains will arrive at the Holy Trinity Church, Carrigart this (Monday) afternoon at 4 o’clock where he will lie in state on Tuesday.

Funeral service on Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Anonymous said...

The earls of Leitrim did not use Lough Rynn as their main seat, but rather Killadoon in Kildare. Even though their main land holdings were in Leitrim. In fact Lough Rynn was lost to the title holders after the death of the 3rd earl in 1879, with the 3rd earl leaving both Killadoon and Lough Rynn to a cousin. The earls of Leitrim were then forced to use Mulroy as their seat post 1879. Mulroy is a wonderful place, and now in safe hands i am pleased to say. May the house and estate prosper and live on in family ownership, with fond memories of Hedley Strutt.

Anonymous said...

The title is not extinct as originally thought. The younger brother was declared dead by the 5th Earl. However he did marry Tatiana Kostantinova from which a son was born who has sine passed the title to the current claimant. The younger brother having left after an argument took up employment with a shipping company known as Carpenter Shipping. Records held by the company recorded the details of his father, his wife and birth of his son.

Carpenter Shipping was established by John Carpenter in Madras India. The Company provided shipping from India to the Pacific Islands including New Zealand and Australia.

This information I discovered while studying and researching the Carpenter Family and the Ethersey Family Trees