Monday, 3 August 2015

The Lonsdale Baronetcy


JAMES LONSDALE JP DL (1826-1913), of The Pavilion, City of Armagh, son of Thomas Lonsdale, of Loughgall, County Armagh, married firstly, Jane, daughter of William Brownlee, in 1846.

He married secondly, Harriet, daughter of John Rolston, in 1856. High Sheriff of County Armagh, 1891.
The said James was a substantial tenant farmer at Loughgall. In the 1860s, however, he realised that rather than just produce and sell his own butter, it would be much shrewder to buy other farmers’ butter for the English market.

He established butter depots in Armagh and many other parts of Ireland. Ca 1880, he moved the centre of his operations to Manchester and began to import food produce from the Empire. His two sons, John and Thomas, joined him in this enterprise which became very successful financially.
His eldest son,

JOHN BROWNLEE LONSDALE JP DL, (1849-1924), of The Pavilion,
a partner in J & J Lonsdale and Company; High Sheriff of County Armagh, 1895; MP for Mid-Armagh, 1899-1918; and, for fifteen years, was honorary secretary of the Irish Unionist Party. Sir John was Party Leader for two years; said to be a staunch opponent of Home Rule. HM Lord-Lieutenant of County Armagh, 1920-24.
In 1911, Mr Lonsdale was created a baronet.

Seven years later, in 1918, Sir John was elevated to the peerage, as  BARON ARMAGHDALE.

THE PAVILION, Armagh City, was a single-storey Regency villa of ca 1805, with very wide Georgian-glazed windows and a splendid portico of four Gothic columns supporting a Classical entablature.

It was built for Captain William Whitelaw Algeo JP, who lived there until his decease in 1845.

The doorway was surmounted by a segmental, pointed fanlight; with a Regency veranda on one side of the portico.

The conservatory was of wood and glass construction, with Georgian astragals obscuring the range behind it.

The Pavilion was demolished ca 1960 to make way for a school.

Memorial at Armagh Cathedral

Lord Armaghdale married Florence Rumney, of Stubbins House, Lancashire. They had no children.

The Armaghdales lived latterly at The Dunes, Sandwich Bay, Kent, and kept a London house at Prince's Gardens.

A keen golfer, Lord Armaghdale presented the Lonsdale Cup to the County Armagh Golf Club.

Alas, Lord Armaghdale didn't have long to enjoy the benefits of his peerage: He died in 1924 and, without an heir, the titles became extinct.

Lady Armaghdale died in London in 1937.

First published in July, 2010.

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