Thursday, 18 August 2016

Ballylin House

THE KING FAMILY WERE MAJOR LANDOWNERS IN THE KING'S COUNTY, WITH 10,242 ACRES

This family, and that of Sir Gilbert King Bt, of Charlestown, is one and the same, descended from

THE RT REV EDWARD KING (1577-1639), born at Stukeley, Huntingdonshire, elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin, 1593, two years after its foundation, and consecrated Lord Bishop of Elphin, 1611.

Bishop King was buried in Elphin, where he built a castle and acquired landed property in the neighbourhood.

His lordship married twice, and left sons and daughters, among them JOHN KING, of Boyle, County Roscommon, whose daughter, Anne, wedded Dominick French, of Dungar, or French Park, County Roscommon, and

JAMES KING (1610-87), of Charlestown, County Roscommon, High Sheriff and MP, 1657, who espoused Judith, daughter of Gilbert Rawson, and had issue,
Edward;
GILBERT;
Elizabeth; Martha; Susanna.
Mr King was succeeded by his younger son,

GILBERT KING JP MP (1658-1721), of Charlestown, High Sheriff of Leitrim, 1717, who married Mary, daughter of Dominick French, of French Park; she was granddaughter of John King, of Boyle, and had issue,
JOHN, his heir;
Gilbert;
Oliver (Rev).
Mr King was succeeded by his eldest son,

JOHN KING, of Charlestown, High Sheriff and MP, 1703-28, who wedded firstly, Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Shaw, of Newford, County Galway, and had issue,
Gilbert;
Judith.
He married secondly, in 1770, Rebecca, daughter of John Digby, and grandson of Essex Digby, Lord Bishop of Dromore, who was son of Sir Robert Digby and Lettice, 1st Baroness Offaly, and had issue,
JOHN;
Digby;
Jane.
Mr King was succeeded by his eldest son,

JOHN KING, of Fermoyle, County Longford, was the first of the family to come to Ballylin.

He espoused firstly, in 1748, Alice, daughter of Ross Mahon, of Castlegar, County Galway; and secondly, Frances Digby.

He died in 1778, and was succeeded by his son and heir,

THE REV HENRY KING (1799-1857), of Ballylin, Ferbane, King's County, who succeeded to Ballylin at the decease of his maternal uncle.

He married, in 1821, Harriett, youngest daughter of John Lloyd, of Gloster, King's County, for many years MP for that county, and sister of the Countess of Rosse, and had issue,
JOHN GILBERT, his heir;
Harriett, mother of HENRY LOUIS MAHON;
Jane;
Mary, m 5th Viscount Bangor; accidentally killed.
The Rev Henry King was succeeded by his son,

JOHN GILBERT KING JP DL (1822-1901), of Ballylin, High Sheriff, 1852, MP, 1865-8, who died unmarried and was succeeded by his nephew,

HENRY LOUIS MAHON JP DL (1860-1922), of Ballylin, High Sheriff, 1903, eldest son of Ross Mahon, of Ladywell, by Harriett his wife, daughter of the Rev Henry King, of Ballylin.

He assumed, by royal licence, the name and arms of KING in lieu of his patronymic, MAHON.

Mr King wedded, in 1904, Winifred Harriette, only surviving daughter of William Somerset Ward, of Dublin, and had issue,
GILBERT MAHON, b 1905;
Harriet Mary, b 1906;
Winifred Alice, b 1909.
He was succeeded by his son,

GILBERT MAHON KING, a major in the army, whose last known address was at Mullingar, County Westmeath.


BALLYLIN HOUSE, Ferbane, County Offaly, was a two-storey, early 19th century villa designed by Richard Morrison.


It had a three-bay entrance front, with a side elevation with one bay on either side of a central curved bow.


Ballylin was demolished in the 1940s.

First published in July, 2014.

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