The family is said to have come originally from Flanders, where the name "Sigenod" meant "Victory-bold". Translations and modifications over time saw the name become "Synad". Various explanations of when and how the family travelled to Ireland have been documented, however all revolve around the Norman Invasion of Ireland.
It is believed that a Richard de Synad was one of the Flemish that crossed to Ireland with Strongbow in the invasion force. After various campaigns from Waterford to Wexford and on to Dublin, he returned to the Wexford region to settle down. He later built a castle at Ballybrennan, close to the present village of Killinick, on the main Wexford-Rosslare road.
This was the family's chief castle, which remained until dispossessed in the Cromwellian confiscations. The castle is long gone, but part of its walls is incorporated into the present large dwelling house at the site.
Mark, of Drumcondra;
WALTER (Sir), of whom presently;
Mary, m W Smyth, of Drumcree.
By the time of his death, he and his son Marcus had made considerable improvements to the estate and many of the beautiful trees, buildings and structural improvements date from this time. The demesne was noted as being very ornate. He was knighted by Lord Buckingham, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, high sheriff of Armagh, 1783.
MARCUS, his heir;
MARCUS SYNNOT JP (1771-1855), of Ballymoyer, High Sheriff of County Armagh in 1830, who married, in 1814, Jane, daughter of Thomas Gilson, of Wood Lodge, Lincolnshire, and by her had issue,
MARCUS, his heir;MARK SETON, of Ballymoyer, heir to his brother;Parker George;William Forbes;Mary Marcia; Maria Eliza; Agnes Jane;Barbara Cecilia; Juliana Hewitt.
MARK SETON, late of Ballymoyer;
MARY SUSANNA, of Ballymoyer;
Rosalie Jane; Eva Charlotte;
Charlotte Augusta; Ada Maria;
ARTHUR HENRY SETON, of whom presently;
RONALD VICTOR OKES, of whom hereafter;
Horatia Annette Blanche.
THE REV WILLIAM HART, of the parish of Netherbury, Dorset, born in 1668-9,
possessed land in the county of Dorset, namely Corfe, in the parish of West Milton, Pomice, Hurlands, Colmer's Estate, Camesworth, Greening's Orchard, and Furzelease House, in Netherbury.He was buried in 1746 at Netherbury, leaving by Ann, his wife, with other issue who died young, a son,
WILLIAM HART (1707-71), of Netherbury, who wedded, in 1731, Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Henville, of Hincknowle, Netherbury; and by her had issue, with two daughters, Betty and Ann, who both died unmarried, an only surviving son,
GEORGE HART (1744-1824), of Netherbury, who possessed lands in Dorset, viz. Corfe, Cape Leazne [sic], and Pomice.
His elder son,
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL WILLIAM HART (1764-1818), of Netherbury, had issue, his third son,
Subsequently Brigadier Hart-Synnot and his brother, Ronald Victor Okes Hart-Synnot, sold the farm land of the demesne and, in 1938, gave the avenue and glen to the National Trust, and had the house pulled down owing to damage suffered from requisitioning.
The estate is now open to the public.
First published in February, 2012.