Monday, 13 June 2016

Wilson of Maryville

THOMAS WILSON, of Croglin, said to have been son of John Wilson of Croglin, of an old-established family in Dumfriesshire, had a sister, Christian, who married Gilbert Grierson.

Mr Wilson wedded Agnes Grierson, and died in 1571, leaving issue,
MATTHEW, of Croglin;
Janet; Katherine; Malic.
The elder son,

MATTHEW WILSON, of Croglin, died about 1612, leaving two sons,
JOHN, his heir;
Thomas, merchant burgess of Edinburgh.
The elder son,

JOHN WILSON JP, of Croglin, Dumfriesshire, wedded firstly, in 1610, Margaret, daughter of Robert, 1st Lord Dalzell, and died before 1641, having had issue by her,
JOHN, his heir;
Susanna; Anne.
He espoused secondly, Helen Maxwell, and by her had issue,
JAMES, of whom presently;
The eldest son,

JOHN WILSON, of Croglin, Commissioner of War for Dumfriesshire, 1643-9, married firstly, _____ Halliday; and secondly, the daughter of _____ Gordon, and had a son,


His direct lineal descendant,

WALTER WILSON, of Croglin, which was sold owing to losses sustained through the failure of the Bank of Ayr, wedded, in 1795, his cousin Jane, daughter of Robert Stewart, of Drumbeg, and through her became possessed of Maryville, Belfast.

He died in 1807, having had issue,
Robert Gordon, died young;
Walter, died young;
Mary Isabella.
The only surviving son,

ALEXANDER GEORGE WILSON (1797-1856), of Maryville, County Antrim, married, in 1837, Emily Lawrence, daughter of the Rev Charles Boyd, Rector of Magheradroll, by Emilia Juliana Theresa, his wife, daughter of Colonel Thomas Dawson Lawrence, of Lawrencetown, County Down, and had issue,
WALTER HENRY, his heir;
Alexander Basil (1846-1913), of Maryville, Malone, Belfast;
Emily Lawrence.
The elder son,

WALTER HENRY WILSON JP (1839-1904), of Maryville, and Cranmore, married, in 1875, Sarah Elizabeth, eldest daughter and co-heir of James Owen Wynne, of Hazelwood, and had issue,
Marion Emily; Lilian Lawrence; Florence Stewart;
Dorothy Gladys; Mary Wynnefred Kathleen.
The son and heir,

ALEXANDER GEORGE WILSON JP (1876-1959), of Maryville and Cranmore, Belfast, lieutenant, Army Motor Reserve, educated at Harrow, succeeded in 1904.


In 1900, Mr Wilson took a twenty-year lease of Belvoir Park, Newtownbreda, from Lord Deramore.

Mr Wilson was a partner in the Belfast shipbuilder, Harland and Wolff, with Lord Pirrie.

His first marital home was 1, Botanic Avenue, Belfast.

Thereafter he rented Stranmillis House, prior to leasing Belvoir.

He subsequently purchased Cranmore House, adjacent to Maryville, the house on the Malone Road where he had been brought up.

Cranmore House in 1888

The Wilsons' lease on Belvoir Park was terminated in 1918.

MARYVILLE HOUSE, 2 Maryville Park, off Lisburn Road, Belfast, now operates as a tea-room and boutique guest-house.

One of the Stewart family built Macedon; another built Maryville and Myrtlefield; and also a house called Windsor in the grounds of Ballydrain House.

Maryville on the Malone Road belonged to the Wilson family for generations.

Tradition says it was at Cranmore, beside Maryville, that WILLIAM III rested when on his way to Belfast, and the tree where his horse was tied is still to be seen.

Cranmore was formerly named Orange Grove, and was the residence of a family named Eccles.

The jug which His Majesty drank out of and the bed he slept in were for a long time treasured in the house.

First published in February, 2012.


Anonymous said...

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Demetrius said...

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