The family of MEADE, anciently written Meagh, was seated for many centuries in County Cork.
Charles Smith, in his history of that county, mentions that at Meadstown there was formerly a castle built by the Meades; that they had the patronage of the prebend of Lisleary; and that many of this ancient family were interred at Buttevant Friary.
A descendant of this house was William Miagh, consecrated Lord Bishop of Kildare in 1540, and a privy counsellor to HENRY VIII.
SIR JOHN MEADE, Knight, eldest son and heir of John Meade, of Ballintubber, married Catherine, daughter of Dominick, 1st Viscount Sarsfield of Kilmallock and premier baronet of Ireland, and had issue,
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL SIR WILLIAM MEADE, Knight, who wedded Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Robert Travers, Knight, and had issue,
JOHN, his heir;Sir William was succeeded by his eldest son,
Jocelyn (Ven), Archdeacon of Cloyne;
SIR JOHN MEADE, Knight (1642-1707), of Ballintubber, County Cork, attorney-general to JAMES, Duke of York, who was created a baronet in 1703.
He espoused Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Pierce, 2nd Viscount Ikerrin, and had issue,
William andSir John was succeeded by his elder son,
James, both died young;
RICHARD, successive baronets;
Helen; Catherine; Mary; Jane.
SIR PIERCE MEADE, 2nd Baronet (1693-1711) who died unmarried and in minority, and was succeeded by his brother,
SIR RICHARD MEADE, 3rd Baronet (1697-1744), who married, in 1736, Catherine, second daughter of Henry Prittie, grandfather of Henry, 1st Lord Dunalley, and left issue an only son,
SIR JOHN MEADE, 4th Baronet (1744-1800), born a few days before his father's death, in 1744, who wedded, in 1765, Theodosia, only daughter and heir of Robert Hawkins Magill, of Gill Hall, County Down, and had issue,
RICHARD, his successor;Sir John was elevated to the peerage, in 1766, in the dignities of Viscount Clanwilliam and Baron Gilford.
Pierce (Ven), Archdeacon of Dromore;
Edward, killed in Egypt;
Anne; Catherine; Theodosia Sarah Frances;
Melicina Adelaide; Rose Maria Arabella Sarah.
In 1776, his lordship was advanced to the dignity of an earldom, as EARL OF CLANWILLIAM.
He was succeeded by his eldest son,
RICHARD, 2nd Earl (1766-1805), who married firstly, in 1793, Caroline, Countess of Thun, daughter of Maria Wilhelmine von Thun und Hohenstein, and had issue,
RICHARD, his successor;He wedded secondly, Margaret Irene, daughter of John Sarney, and widow of John Harcourt, of Ankerwycke, and of Molyneux, 1st Baron Shuldham, and died two months later.
His lordship was succeeded by his son,
RICHARD, 3rd Earl,
- Richard Charles Francis Christian Meade, 3rd Earl (1795–1879);
- Richard James Meade, 4th Earl (1832–1907);
- Arthur Vesey Meade, 5th Earl (1873–1953);
- John Charles Edmund Carson Meade, 6th Earl (1914–89);
- John Herbert Meade, 7th Earl (1919–2009);
- Patrick James Meade, 8th Earl (b 1960).
I remember the 6th Earl, whose seat was Montalto, County Down.
Montalto estate had been acquired by the 5th Earl in 1910.
It was sold by the 6th Earl when he retired in 1979 and became part of a business partnership who replanted the demesne in 1986-89.
The house has been in private hands again since 1995.
Clanwilliam arms courtesy of European Heraldry. First published in February, 2011.