JAMES HENDERSON (1797-1853), of Newry, County Down, Proprietor of the Newry Telegraph, who wedded Ann Peacock, and had issue,
JAMES ALEXANDER, his heir;
George, b 1814;
Henry, b 1820;
Isabella; two other daughters.
JAMES ALEXANDER HENDERSON JP (1823-83), of Norwood Tower, Strandtown, Belfast, Mayor of Belfast, 1873-74, Proprietor of the Belfast Newsletter, who wedded Agnes, daughter of Alexander Mackay, Junior, of Mountcollyer Park, Belfast, Joint Proprietor of the Belfast Newsletter, and had issue,
JAMES, of whom presently;Mr Henderson was succeeded by his eldest son,
Alexander Mackay, b 1850; Major, RIR;
Trevor (Sir), KBE, of Norwood Tower (1862-1930);
Charles Westbourne (1865-1935);
Jane; Anne; Agnes; Catherine Mackay; Florence Elizabeth.
SIR JAMES HENDERSON JP DL (1848-1914), of Oakley House, Windsor Park, Belfast, who married Martha Pollock and had issue,
David, b 1881;Sir James served the office of Lord Mayor of Belfast, 1898, and was the first High Sheriff of the city.
James, b 1889;
OSCAR, of whom hereafter;
George York, MC (1893-1917); k/a;
Richard Lilburn, b 1895;
Mary Agnes Florence Elizabeth, b 1899.
Sir James's younger son,
COMMANDER OSCAR HENDERSON DSO CVO CBE RN (1891-1969), married, in 1920, Alicia Mary Henry.
Commander Henderson served in a destroyer during the 1st World War and he was second-in-command of HMS Iris at the famous Battle of Zeebrugge, in April 1918, when a British force blocked the Mole by sinking a ship across the entrance.
Commander Henderson assumed command when the Captain was killed, and he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his part in this epic He became Comptroller and Private Secretary to the 3rd Duke of Abercorn, 1st Governor of Northern Ireland, and was awarded a CVO and CBE for his services.
During the 19th century, the Hendersons lived at Norwood Tower, Strandtown, County Down, a large mansion in its own grounds.
This rambling Tudor-Revival mansion had two gate-lodges, each about a quarter of a mile apart.
The first lodge was a little beyond the entrance to Clonaver House, the Hendersons' former dower house, which was sold to James Girdwood; while the second lodge was almost opposite the entrance to Ardvarna House.
The gate lodges were both battlemented; while the house, set in a landscaped park, was dominated by a lofty, castellated tower.
The grounds of fifty-two acres extended to the top of Circular Road and Sydenham Avenue.
It was assumed that Norwood Tower or its dower house, Clonaver, would pass to Oscar Henderson when Florence Elizabeth, his aunt, died.
She decided, however, to leave the estate, together with a majority holding in Belfast News Letter shares, to the Musgrave (baronets) side of the family.
|Drawing by the Rev McC Auld|
This was a bitter blow to Oscar and his family.
They could do nothing about the property, but they did succeed in buying back the News-Letter shares.
1. Captain Oscar William James (Bill) Henderson OBE DL (1924-2010); educated at Brackenber House School and Bradfield; married Rachel Primrose Forrest, daughter of Colonel John Forrest CMG, of Belfast, in 1949. They had three daughters.
Commander Henderson's first wife was Joy Duncan whom he married in 1952.
Brum Henderson became a career journalist in the Belfast News Letter from 1951-59; was appointed general manager of Ulster Television in 1959; managing director, 1961; and Chairman, 1983-92.
He was appointed CBE in 1979 and received an honorary doctorate of Literature at the Ulster University, 1982.
In 1970 Brum married, secondly, Patricia Ann, daughter of Matthew Davison, of Belfast.