The first member of this family who settled in Ulster was
HENRY UPTON, a captain in the army of the Earl of Essex, in 1598, second son of Arthur Upton, of Lupton, Devon, by Gertrude, daughter of Hugh Fortescue, of Filleigh, and great-nephew of Sir Nicholas Upton, one of the Knights of Malta.
He fixed his abode in County Antrim, and was returned to parliament for the town of Carrickfergus.
Mr Upton married Mary, daughter of Sir Hugh Clotworthy, Knight, and sister of John, Viscount Massereene, by whom he had four sons and three daughters, and was succeeded by the eldest,
ARTHUR UPTON, of Castle Upton, MP for County Antrim for a series of forty years.
This gentleman wedded Dorothy, daughter of Michael Beresford, of Coleraine, and was succeeded by his fourth, but eldest surviving son,
CLOTWORTHY UPTON, of Castle Upton, MP for County Antrim.
This gentleman raising a party of men, joined the standard of WILLIAM III at the siege of Limerick, and was taken prisoner there, after entering the breach sword in hand, and almost alone, his followers, nearly to a man, being cut to pieces.
Mr Upton married firstly, Mary, only daughter of Roger Boyle, Earl of Orrery, by whom he had no issue.
He married secondly, Margaret, daughter of William Stewart, of Killymoon, County Tyrone, which lady died also without issue; and thirdly, Jane, daughter of John Ormsby, of Athlacca, by whom he had an only daughter,
ELIZABETH, who wedded the Rt Hon Hercules Langford Rowley, and was created a peeress of the realm, as Baroness Langford.
Mr Upton was succeeded by his brother,
JOHN UPTON, of Castle Upton, MP for County Antrim, a military officer, who distinguished himself at the storming of the citadel of Liège, and at the Battle of Almansa, under Lord Galway, where, for his spirited conduct, he obtained the command of a regiment, upon the fall of Colonel Killigrew.
Colonel Upton wedded, in 1711, Mary, only daughter of Dr Francis Upton, by whom he had three sons and five daughters, and was succeeded by his eldest son,
ARTHUR UPTON, of Castle Upton, MP and deputy governor of County Antrim.
This gentleman married firstly, Sophia, daughter of Michael Ward; and secondly, Sarah, daughter of Pole Cosby, of Stradbally; but dying without issue, in 1768, the estates devolved upon his brother,
FRANCIS UPTON, a naval officer; at whose decease, unmarried, they passed to a younger brother,
CLOTWORTHY UPTON (1721-85), who was elevated to the peerage, in 1776, by the title of Baron Templetown, of Templetown, County Antrim.
His lordship espoused, in 1769, Elizabeth, daughter of Shuckburgh Boughton, of Poston Court, Herefordshire, and had issue,
JOHN HENRY, his successor;
Arthur Percy, CB;
Elizabeth Albinia; Caroline; Sophia.
JOHN HENRY, 2nd Baron (1771-1846), who married, in 1796, the Lady Mary Montagu, only daughter of John, 5th Earl of Sandwich, and had issue,
HENRY MONTAGU, his successor;His lordship was advanced to the dignity of a viscountcy, in 1806, as VISCOUNT TEMPLETOWN.
The 1st Viscount was succeeded by his eldest son, the 2nd Viscount, who never married; and, on his death, the titles passed to his younger brother, the 3rd Viscount, who was a general in the Army and also sat as MP for County Antrim from 1859-63.He had one daughter but no sons and, on his death in 1981, the titles became extinct.
He was succeeded by his nephew, the 4th Viscount, who was the son of the Hon Edward John Upton, 4th son of the 1st Viscount. His eldest son was killed in the 1st World War and he was succeeded by his 2nd and only surviving son, the 5th Viscount, for many years a member of the county council of the Stewardry of Kirkudbright.
The ancestral seat of the Templetown family was Castle Upton, Templepatrick, County Antrim.
Other former seat ~ Wonham Manor, Surrey.
Former town residence ~ 10 Hill Street, Berkeley Square, London.
Templetown arms courtesy of European Heraldry. First published in March, 2010.