ROBERT MONTGOMERIE, second son of Alexander, Master of Montgomerie, and brother of Alexander, 2nd Lord Montgomerie, ancestor of the Earls of Eglinton, obtained for his patrimony, from his grandfather, Alexander, 1st Lord, in 1452, the lands of Braidstane, and thus became its laird.
Mr Montgomerie was succeeded by his eldest son,
ROBERT, 2nd Laird of Braidstone, who dsp and was succeeded by his brother,
ROBERT, 3rd Laird, who dsp and was succeeded by his only surviving brother,
ADAM, 4th Laird, who was succeeded by his son,
ADAM JOHN MONTGOMERY, 5th Laird, who married the eldest daughter of Sir john Colquhoun, of Luss.
He died about 1550, having had four sons, viz.
ADAM, ancestor of the EARLS OF MOUNT ALEXANDER;The youngest son,
George (Very Rev), Dean of Norwich, afterwards Lord Bishop of Meath;
Patrick, colonel in the French army during the reign of HENRY IV;
ROBERT, of whom hereafter.
ROBERT MONTGOMERY, was father of
JOHN MONTGOMERY, who went over to Ulster in the early part of the reign of JAMES I with his cousin Hugh, 6th Laird of Braidstane, afterwards VISCOUNT MONTGOMERY, of the Great Ardes, his lordship having brought several of his clan from Scotland, that they might settle upon his new estates, and assist upon the plantation of the country.
To this John he granted lands at Gransha, in the Ards, where he settled, where he was esteemed a man of opulence, which supposition caused his house to be attacked by robbers, himself, his wife, and all his servants were inhumanely murdered, save one, who escaped with his son HUGH.
This John espoused an heiress of the family of Stewart, in Scotland.
HUGH MONTGOMERY, of Maghera, County Londonderry, who had been left for dead in attempting to defend his father, but recovering from his wounds, he lived to an old age, on his property at Maghera, County Londonderry, to which he removed after the attack on his paternal dwelling.
He represented the borough of Newtownards in Parliament, from 1635-41, and lies buried with his father in the church of Donaghadee.
He left two sons,
HUGH;The elder son,
HUGH MONTGOMERY, of Maghera, wedded a daughter of Sir Robert McClelland, by whom he had several daughters, and an only son, his successor,
WILLIAM MONTGOMERY, who wedded firstly, in 1719, Catherine, daughter of Edward Hall, of Strangford, and by her had,
Edward, died 1726;He wedded secondly, in 1725, Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Hill, of Buckinghamshire.
WILLIAM, his successor.
By this lady he had (with three daughters) four sons,
Hugh, died unmarried 1765;Mr Montgomery purchased, ca 1715, the estate of Grey Abbey, from his kinsman, James Montgomery, and rebuilt the mansion-house, the former having been burnt accidentally in 1695.
James, died unmarried 1796;
Robert, died unmarried 1758;
He died in 1755 and was succeeded by his second son,
WILLIAM MONTGOMERY, of Grey Abbey, MP for Hillsborough, who espoused, in 1749, Susanna, daughter and sole heir of John Jelly, of Rathmullen, County Down, and had issue,
William, killed in America, 1781;Mr Montgomery died in 1799 and was succeeded by his eldest surviving son,
HUGH, heir to his father;
Edward, Royal Navy, died unmarried;
Francis, died unmarried 1808;
Dorcas, died unmarried 1824.
THE REV HUGH MONTGOMERY (1754-1815), of Grey Abbey, who married, in 1782, the Hon Emilia Ward, youngest daughter of Bernard, 1st Viscount Bangor (by his wife, Lady Anne Bligh, daughter of John, Earl of Darnley), and had issue,
WILLIAM, his successor;Mr Montgomery died at Grey Abbey, and was succeeded by his eldest son,
Edward (Rev), Rector of Portaferry;
Arthur Hill, of Tyrella, Co Down;
George Augustus Frederick Sandys;
Anne Catherine; Emilia Georgiana Susanna.
WILLIAM MONTGOMERY JP DL, of Grey Abbey, High Sheriff, 1824, who wedded at Brussels, in 1817, Lady Amelia Elizabeth Parker, second daughter of Thomas, 5th Earl of Macclesfield.
He died in 1831, and was succeeded by his only child,
HUGH MONTGOMERY JP DL (1821-94), of Grey Abbey, High Sheriff, 1845, who wedded, in 1846, Lady Charlotte Elizabeth Herbert, second daughter of Edward, 2nd Earl of Powis KG, by which lady he had issue,
WILLIAM EDWARD, his successor;
ROBERT ARTHUR, succeeded his brother;
Percy Hugh Seymour, Chinese Imperial Customs Service (CICS);
FRANCIS HENRY, succeeded his brother;
George Fitzmaurice, CICS, father of HUGH EDWARD;
Lucy Florentia; Edith Cecilia; Charlotte Henrietta Emily; Evelyn Mary.
MAJOR-GENERAL WILLIAM EDWARD MONTGOMERY JP DL (1847-1927), of Grey Abbey, High Sheriff, 1900, who married, in 1891, Alberta Victoria, daughter of Major-General the Rt Hon Sir Henry Ponsonby GCB.
General Montgomery was succeeded by his brother,
Hugh Geoffrey Clive, b 1966;First published in February, 2012.
Rose Evelyn, b 1968;
Frances Mary, b 1970;
Flora Anne Selina, b 1974.