Thursday, 20 October 2016

Legge of Malone House

Legge of Malone House

THE FAMILY OF LEGGE WERE MAJOR LANDOWNERS IN COUNTY ANTRIM, WITH 8,565 ACRES

In 1676,

WILLIAM LEGG or LEGGE, an officer in the army, with recommendations from JAMES II, then Duke of York, served under the Duke of Schomberg in Flanders, and accompanied him to Ireland in 1690.

His son,

WILLIAM LEGGE, settled at Malone, County Antrim,
purchasing land from Lord Donegall, where he operated a farm and built houses.
He died in 1723, leaving, with other sons,

WILLIAM LEGGE, who died in 1750; whose eldest son,

ALEXANDER LEGGE (1706-77), then succeeded and served as high sheriff of County Antrim in 1770. Dying in 1777, he left issue,
WILLIAM, his heir;
Elinor, m Hill Wallace;
Marcella, m Anthony Semple.
The son and heir,

WILLIAM LEGGE, High Sheriff of County Antrim, died in 1721, and was succeeded by his nephew,

WILLIAM WALLACE-LEGGE JP DL LL.D, born in 1789, of Malone House, Belfast, and of Sidney College, Cambridge; High Sheriff, 1823.

Mr Legge adopted the surname of LEGGE.

He wedded, in 1838, Eleanor Wilkie, third daughter and co-heiress of Thomas Forster, of Adderstone, Northumberland, and by her had issue,
WILLIAM WALLACE, his heir;
Florence Wallace, m 1861, to 6th Viscount Harberton.
Mr Wallace-Legge died in 1868, and was succeeded by his son and heir,

WILLIAM WALLACE-LEGGE (1841-68), of Malone House; on whose decease, Malone House was acquired by Lord Harberton through marriage.
Harberton Avenue, Drive and Park, Belfast, are all named after Lord and Lady Harberton, who owned the land.

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