Wednesday, 13 November 2013

3rd Viscount Brookeborough

The Rt Hon Alan Henry [Brooke], Viscount Brookeborough and the Viscountess Brookeborough live at the stately mansion and demesne of Colebrooke Park in County Fermanagh.

The estate extends to 1,000 acres.

Colebrooke Park is situated in east Fermanagh, roughly between the villages of Fivemiletown and Brookeborough.

Like many of Ulster's country estates, Colebrooke used to be considerably more sizeable, at 28,000 acres in 1876.

This figure was not uncommon in the county: Castle Archdale comprised 27,410 acres; Ely, 34,879 acres; Florence Court, 29,635 acres; Crom, 31,389 acres; and, at one time during the 19th century, Lord Belmore, whose seat was Castle Coole, owned in excess of 70,000 acres.

Lord Brookeborough's grandfather, the 1st Viscount, was the Rt Hon Sir Basil Brooke Bt KG CBE MC, third Prime Minister of Northern Ireland. The present Lord Brookeborough is also the 7th Brooke Baronet.

The Brookeborough family has always maintained strong connections with the Army, Unionism and Agriculture.

Alan Brookeborough has been Lord-Lieutenant for County Fermanagh since the 9th July, 2012.

Since 1997, Lord Brookeborough has been a Lord-in-Waiting to HM The Queen; he also became an honorary Colonel of the Royal Irish Rangers.

Lord Brookeborough's heir is his younger brother, the Hon Christopher Brooke.

First published in September, 2009.


Anonymous said...

The Hon Christopher Brooke was runner up in the Northern Ireland House of the Year competition, with a new house built in Brookeborough. I guess this is a 'starter home' before moving into Colebrooke! See -

Timothy Belmont said...

Many thanks for that. I'll have a look.

Anonymous said...

The Hon Christopher Brooke has in recent years acquired a holiday property in the west of Co. Donegal, thus closing the circle begun by his ancestors whose original lands lay in that county.