Friday, 6 May 2022

The Stronge Baronets


MATTHEW STRONGE , descended from a junior branch of the ancient family of Strange of Balkaskie, in Scotland, which first settled in Ulster in the reign of JAMES I), married Anne ______, and had issue, a son, JAMES.

This Matthew Stronge leased land in County Londonderry from the Goldsmiths' Corporation of London, and acquired further lands in the counties of Donegal and Tyrone.

Mr Stronge, Warden of Lifford, died in 1715-16.

His son,

JAMES STRONGE, High Sheriff of County Londonderry, 1682-3, wedded, in 1675, Margaret, daughter of John Douglas, and had issue,
The only son,

THE REV JOHN STRONGE (1678-1744), Rector of Tynan, County Armagh, married, in 1714, Ellinor, daughter and heiress of James Manson, and had issue,
James (Rev), DD, died unmarried;
MATTHEW, his successor;
John, died unmarried;
William, army captain;
Mary, m to the Rev A Benson DD, Rector of Monaghan;
The second son, 

MATTHEW STRONGE, of Liverpool, mayor of that city, 1768-9, espoused Elizabeth, daughter of S Powell, of Stanage Park, and had issue,
JAMES, his heir;
Elinor, widow of J Blackburne, of Wavertree Hall, Lancs.
Mr Stronge was succeeded by his son,

THE REV JAMES STRONGE (1750-1804), of Tynan, who wedded, in 1785, Helen, daughter of John Tew, of Dublin, by his wife Margaret, grand-niece to John, 1st Baron Farnham.

Mr Stronge was created a baronet in 1803, designated of Tynan, County Armagh.

He was succeeded by his son,

SIR JAMES MATTHEW STRONGE, 2nd Baronet (1786-1864), DL, of TYNAN ABBEY, who wedded, in 1810, Isabella, daughter of Nicolson Calvert, and had issue,
JAMES MATTHEW, his successor;
JOHN CALVERT, 4th Baronet;
Charles Walter;
Edmond Robert Francis, father of the 6th Baronet;
Frances Helen; Catherine Caroline Brownlow.
Sir James was succeeded by his eldest son,

SIR JAMES MATTHEW STRONGE, 3rd Baronet (1811-85), JP DL, High Sheriff of County Armagh, 1843, MP for County Armagh, 1864, who espoused, in 1836, Selina Elizabeth, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew Nugent, though the marriage was without issue, when the baronetcy devolved upon his brother,

SIR JOHN CALVERT STRONGE, 4th Baronet (1813-99), JP DL, barrister, who married, Margaret Zoë, daughter of the Hon Henry Caulfeild, and had issue,
JAMES HENRY, his successor;
Francis William (Sir), KCMG;
Alice Isabella.
Sir John was succeeded by his elder son,

THE RT HON SIR JAMES HENRY STRONGE, 5th Baronet (1849-1928), who wedded, in 1885, Edith Margaret, daughter of Colonel Ynyr Henry Burges, of PARKANAUR, County Tyrone, and had issue,
James Matthew (1891-1917), killed in action;
Zoë Edith; Daphne Helen; Rose Ethel; Jessy; Joy Winifred.
Sir James had already embarked on a distinguished legal career when he inherited TYNAN ABBEY.

Having graduated from Lincoln's Inn in 1874, he had gone on to serve as High Sheriff of Tyrone in 1880, and Armagh in 1885.

Perhaps more significantly, he was the Imperial Grand Master of the Loyal Orange Order.

In the lead up to the Great War, Sir James was among the most influential Orangemen.

He was one of thirty delegates who sat on the Ulster Unionist Council alongside the Duke of Abercorn, Lords Londonderry, Erne and Ranfurly.

Sir James was a staunch Unionist and Protestant.

Indeed his abhorrence of Gladstone and Home Rule was such that Sir Jack Leslie claims there used to be an etching of the Grand Old Man at the bottom of Sir James's "piss-pot" at Tynan!

Sir James's only son, James Matthew Stronge, was killed at the age of 26 in the Great War while serving as a lieutenant with the Royal Irish Fusiliers in France (August, 1917).

His name heads the war memorial at the church in Tynan.

He had been married just weeks before his death to Winifred Alexander, of Carrickmoyle.

Sir James was succeeded by his cousin,

SIR WALTER LOCKHART STRONGE, 6th Baronet (1860-1933), JP DL, who died unmarried, when the title devolved upon his brother,

SIR CHARLES EDMOND SINCLAIR STRONGE, 7th Baronet (1862-1939), who wedded, in 1892, Marian Iliff, daughter of Samuel Bostock, and had issue,
Pauline Marian (1898-1922).
Sir Charles was succeeded by his only son,

THE RT HON SIR (CHARLES) NORMAN LOCKHART STRONGE, 8th Baronet (1894-1981), MC JP, who wedded, in 1921, Gladys Olive, daughter of Henry Thomas Hall, and had issue,
JAMES MATTHEW, died with his father; High Sheriff of Co Armagh, 1967;
Daphne Marian; Evelyn Elizabeth; Rosemary Diana.
James Anselan Maxwell Stronge (b 1946) would be the 9th and present Baronet.

He is the son of Maxwell du Pré James Stronge and grandson of Edward Owen Fortescue Stronge, a brother of the 7th Baronet.

Should he so desire, James Stronge could provide evidence of his claim to the Keeper of the Roll of Baronetage and have the baronetcy conferred upon him. 

First published in December,  2010.


Gavin Bamford said...

I understand that the familiy later totally demolished and cleared the old house and site and that this action greatly annoyed the public who have feelings for the ruins of old houses.


Jonathan Kennedy said...

Turtle Bunbury's full article on the Stronges is wonderfully written.

As I'm sure you'll know but other readers may not, Sir Norman's elder daughter Daphne lived at Glenganagh, a handsome house on the edge of Bangor which is supposed to have once been a dower house used by the Dufferins.

Northern Scrivener said...

Sir Norman's wife would have been related to the Clarkes of Upperlands and had an interest in what is referred to as the Lopdell Estate which owned various lands in the vicinity of Londonderry.