JOHN, ancestor of Sir John Chichester Bt;
ARTHUR, 1st BARON CHICHESTER;
EDWARD, 1st VISCOUNT CHICHESTER;
John (Sir), governor of Carrickfergus;
Elizabeth; Cecilia; Eleanor; Mary; Grace;
Dorothy; Urith; Bridget; Susanna.
This gentleman was the second son of Sir John Chichester, Knight, by Gertrude, daughter of Sir William Courtenay, Knight, of Powderham Castle, Devon.
He left no surviving issue and the barony expired, while his large estates devolved upon his brother,
ARTHUR, his successor;
William, died young;
Anne, died young.
This nobleman, having distinguished himself in the military service of his own country, was appointed, by the Prince of Hesse, in 1704, major-general of the Spanish forces; and fell, in 1706, at Fort Montjuich.
His lordship's second wife was Lady Catherine Forbes; and by this lady he had two sons and six daughters; three of the latter, Jane, Frances and Henrietta, were unfortunately burnt to death in Belfast Castle, consumed by the carelessness of a servant.
GEORGE AUGUSTUS, his successor;
ARTHUR, cr BARON TEMPLEMORE;
George Augustus Frederick, in holy orders;
- George Augustus Chichester, 2nd Marquess (1769–1844);
- George Hamilton Chichester, 3rd Marquess (1797–1883);
- Edward Chichester, 4th Marquess (1799–1889);
- George Augustus Hamilton Chichester, 5th Marquess (1822–1904);
- Dermot Richard Claud Chichester, 7th Marquess (1916–2007);
The heir apparent is the present holder's only son James Arthur Chichester, styled Earl of Belfast.
- Arthur Patrick Chichester, 8th Marquess (b 1952);
He was also Earl of Donegall, Earl of Belfast, Viscount Chichester, Baron Chichester of Belfast and Baron Fisherwick.
It was named Belfast Castle, after Sir Arthur Chichester's 1611 castle in central Belfast.
The garden front boasts a fabulous, snaking Elizabethan, stone staircase - added in 1894 - which leads down to the terrace.
There is an arcaded first-floor gallery.
The reception rooms are en suite with fretted ceilings
The son-in-law of the 3rd Marquess, Lord Ashley, heir to the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, stepped in and paid for its completion.
Lord and Lady Ashley (formerly Lady Harriet Chichester) thus succeeded as 8th Earl and Countess of Shaftesbury.
The Italian style serpentine staircase connects the main reception rooms to the garden terrace.
The 9th Earl served the office of Lord Mayor in 1907 and Chancellor of Queen's University the following year.
In 1978, Belfast City Council instituted a major refurbishment programme that was to continue over a period of ten years at a cost of over two million pounds.
The castle area was formerly a deer park on the slopes of Cave Hill. Tree planting on the hill-side was established for the house from that time, using both deciduous and conifer trees.
A photograph from the Lawrence Collection looking east from above the Castle shows how growth on the hillside and terraced lawns had progressed prior to 1909.
The formal gardens near the house are of recent layout and planting; and there are wonderful views from the terraces.
Early settlements on Cave Hill are recorded.
First published in April, 2010. Donegall Arms courtesy of European Heraldry.