Tuesday, 11 January 2022

The Blackwood Baronets (1814)

SIR JOHN BLACKWOOD, BARONET (1721-99), of Ballyleidy, County Down, married Dorcas, eldest daughter and heiress of James Stevenson, of Killyleagh (by Anne, youngest daughter of MAJOR-GENERAL NICHOLAS PRICE, of HOLLYMOUNT), which lady was created a peeress in 1800, after his decease, in the dignity of Baroness Dufferin and Claneboye, of Ballyleidy and Killyleagh, County Down.

He had issue,
Robert, MP for Killyleagh, 1776-86; died unmarried;
James Stevenson, 2nd Baron Dufferin and Claneboye;
John (Rev), in holy orders;
Hans, 3rd Baron Dufferin and Claneboye;
HENRY, of whom we treat;
Anne; Sophia; Dorcas; Catherine.
The youngest son,

VICE-ADMIRAL THE HON SIR HENRY BLACKWOOD KCB GCH (1770-1832), of Blackwood House, 7, Cornwall Terrace, Regent's Park, London, who, having attained high rank in the Royal Navy, was created a baronet in 1814, designated of the Navy.

The Hon Sir Henry Blackwood Bt (National Maritime Museum)

Sir Henry married firstly, in 1795, Jane Mary, second daughter of Launcelot Crosbie, of Tubrid, and was left a widower, in 1798, without issue.

His second wife was Eliza, fourth daughter of Captain Martin Waghorn RN, by whom he had an only son,
HENRY MARTIN, his successor.
Sir Henry wedded thirdly, in 1808, Harriet, daughter of Francis Gore, and had further issue,
Arthur Johnstone;
Francis Price, Commander RN;
Cornwall Terrace, Regent's Park, London

There is a white marble tablet to Sir Henry in Westminster Abbey:-
Sacred to the memory of Vice Admiral the Honourable Sir Henry Blackwood, Bart., KCB, GCH, who died Dec. the 13th 1832 aged sixty three years, fifty one of which he had spent in the active service of his profession, distinguished by his energy, promptitude and bravery, qualities which derived additional lustre from the virtues which adorned his personal character; 
With valour combining a strong sense of religion and the elevation of an upright noble mind with all the endearing feelings of a manly, generous and benevolent heart. 
This tribute of sorrow and affection to the memory of one so justly honoured and beloved is offered by his deeply afflicted widow and his surviving children.
Admiral Blackwood was buried in the family vault at Killyleagh parish church.

Sir Henry, bearer of the dispatches announcing the decisive victory of Trafalgar, was succeeded by his eldest son,

SIR HENRY MARTIN BLACKWOOD, 2nd Baronet (1801-51), Captain, Royal Navy, who married, in 1826, Harriet Louisa, youngest daughter of John Matthew Bulkeley, and had issue, with three other daughters,
HENRY, 3rd Baronet;
FRANCIS, 4th Baronet;
Georgina Louisa.
His eldest son,

SIR HENRY BLACKWOOD, 3rd Baronet (1828-54), Lieutenant, Royal Navy, died unmarried and was succeeded by his brother,

SIR FRANCIS BLACKWOOD, 4th Baronet (1838–1924), Captain, Royal Navy, who espoused firstly, in 1861, Laura Olivia, daughter of Robert Samuel Palmer, and had issue,
HENRY ROBERT TEMPLE (1862-1910), father of 5th and 6th Baronets;
Laura Gwendolene.
He wedded secondly, in 1871, Dorothea Frances, daughter of the Rev Henry Quicke, and had further issue,
Francis Edward;
Maurice Baldwin Raymond;
Neville Foster;
Ida Dorothy.
Sir Francis was succeeded by his grandson,

SIR HENRY PALMER TEMPLE BLACKWOOD, 5th Baronet (1896–1948), who fought in the 1st World War with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and was succeeded by his brother,

SIR FRANCIS ELLIOT TEMPLE BLACKWOOD, 6th Baronet (1901-79), Assistant Vice-President of Crocker-Citizens' National Bank, Sacramento, California, USA.

He died without male issue.

Sir Francis George Blackwood, 7th Baronet (1916-91) succeeded as the Baron Dufferin and Claneboye in 1988.

After the extinction of the male line of the 4th Baron Dufferin and Claneboye (and the entirety of the marquessate of Dufferin and Ava), the barony of Dufferin and Claneboye reverted to the male line of the youngest son of the first baroness, viz. the Blackwood Baronets of the Navy.

The 11th Baron Dufferin and Claneboye, who lives in Australia, is the 8th Baronet.

First published in November, 2010.

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