Thursday, 22 September 2016

1st Baron O'Hagan

THE BARONY OF O'HAGAN WAS CREATED IN 1870 FOR THE RT HON SIR THOMAS O'HAGAN KP QC

The O'HAGANS, whose principal seat was at Tullahogue, County Tyrone, were the Law-givers to the O'Neills, Princes of Tyrone.

THE RT HON SIR THOMAS O'HAGAN KP QC (1812-85), only son of Edward O'Hagan and his wife Mary, daughter of Captain Thomas Bell, of Belfast, LORD CHANCELLOR OF IRELAND, 1868-74 and 1880-1, married firstly, in 1836, Mary, daughter of Charles Hamilton Teeling, of Belfast, and had issue,
Charles (1838-40);
Madeleine; Frances Mary.
His lordship wedded secondly, in 1871, Alice Mary, daughter and co-heiress of Colonel Charles Towneley, of Towneley, Lancashire, High Sheriff of Lancashire, 1857, and had issue,
THOMAS TOWNELEY, his successor;
Maurice Herbert Towneley;
Kathleen Mary; Mary Caroline, MBE.
Sir Thomas was elevated to the peerage, in 1870, by the title BARON O'HAGAN, of Tullahogue, County Tyrone.

His lordship's father, Edward O'Hagan, carried on business in Gordon Street, Belfast; though later moved to another part of the town and became a general merchant.

Upon his retirement, 1882, the 1st Baron was invested as a Knight of the Most Illustrious Order of St Patrick.

He was succeeded by his eldest son,

THOMAS TOWNELEY, 2nd Baron (1878-1900), Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards, who served in the South African War, 1899-1900, and died of enteric fever whilst on active service.

His lordship was succeeded by his brother,

MAURICE HERBERT TOWNELEY, 3rd Baron (1882-1961), JP, who espoused firstly, in 1911, Frances Constance Magdalena, only daughter of Edward, 1st Baron Strachie, and had issue,
(THOMAS) ANTHONY EDWARD TOWNELEY, dvp 1955; father of 4th Baron;
Helen Frances Alice.
His lordship wedded secondly, in 1937, Evelyn Violet, daughter of Harry Thornton Ross.

He was succeeded by his grandson,

CHARLES TOWNELEY STRACHEY (1945-), 4th Baron, who espoused firstly, in 1967, Her Serene Highness Princess Tamara Imeretinsky, daughter of HSH Prince Michael Imeretinsky, and had issue,
Nina Natalia O'Hagan, b 1968.
He divorced in 1984.

His lordship wedded secondly, in 1985, Mary Claire, daughter of the Rev Leslie Roose-Francis, and had issue,
Antonia Philippa Mary.
The 4th Baron divorced in 1995, and married thirdly, in 1995, Elizabeth Leslie Eve, daughter of Hubert Smith, of Exeter, Devon.

The heir is his younger brother, the Hon Richard Towneley Strachey (b 1950).

Former town residence ~ Hereford House, Mayfair, London.

The O'Hagan Papers are deposited at PRONI.

First published in September, 2014.

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