Thursday, 14 January 2021

Moneyglass House


The family of JONES, of Moneyglass, County Antrim, claim descent from the ancient Welsh family of JONES, of Ystrad, Carmarthenshire, of the line of the ancient princes of the Cambrai.

WILLIAM MORRES JONES (grandson of Morres Jones, of Ystrad, in the reign of CHARLES II), married Anne, daughter of Captain William Dobbin, of Duneane House, Toome, by Sarah his wife, sister of John O'Neill (French John), of Shane's Castle, and first cousin of Jane, wife of Arthur Dawson, of Castledawson, to whom Mr O'Neill granted, as a portion with his niece, a lease in perpetuity of the lands of Moneyglass.

Mr Jones died in 1735, leaving issue (with two daughters, Mary and Anne), an only son,

THOMAS MORRES JONES ("Bumper Squire Jones" of Carolan's Muse), who wedded, in 1740, Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Cope MP, of Loughgall, County Armagh.

Mr Jones died in 1769, and was succeeded by his elder son,

ROBERT MORRES JONES, who died unmarried in 1775, and was succeeded by his brother,

THOMAS MORRES JONES (1746-1818), of Ivybrook, who wedded, in 1770, Letitia Hamilton, of Glerawly,  County Fermanagh, and had issue,
William Morres, dsp;
Thomas Morres Hamilton, dsp;

Robert Morres;
Elizabeth; Mary; Ann; Britannia; Emma; Letitia; Harriet; Helen.
Mr Jones was succeeded by his third son,

KENDRICK MORRES JONES (1785-1830), who assumed his maternal name of HAMILTON, and espoused, in 1818, Mabella, daughter of Major Charles Hill, of Bellaghy Castle, County Londonderry, by whom he had issue,
THOMAS MORRES, his heir;
John Charles Hill;
Mr Hamilton-Jones was succeeded by his eldest son,

THOMAS MORRES HAMILTON-JONES JP DL (1821-81), of Moneyglass House, County Antrim, and Jonesborough, County Armagh, and The Cottage, Belcoo, County Fermanagh, High Sheriff of County Armagh, 1845, Antrim, 1846, Down, 1847, and Fermanagh, 1850.

Mr Hamilton-Jones married, in 1859, Sara Ellen, only daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Day, East India Company, and had issue,
ARTHUR HENRY MORRES, of Belcoo; Major, Reserve of Officers.

Mary Lizzie Mabella; Emmeline Hawtry Sara; Adeline Ida Sara (twin).
He was succeeded by his eldest son,

KENDRICK JOHN CHARLES HAMILTON-JONES JP (1860-87), of Moneyglass House, Jonesborough House, Flurrybridge, and The Cottage, Belcoo, County Fermanagh, Captain, 4th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, who married, in 1882, Hannah, daughter of P McErlain, of Toome, and had issue, two daughters,
Mr Hamilton-Jones was succeeded by his younger daughter,

EMMELINE ANNIE MABELLA, MRS TOBIAS (1885-), of Moneyglass House, County Antrim, Jonesborough House, Flurrybridge, County Armagh, and 91, Via Vinti Settembre, Rome, who wedded, in 1910, Dr Arturo Tobias, Captain, 13th Regiment of Artillery, and Cavalieri of the Crown of Italy, third son of Diament Tobias, of Pinnico, Italy.

Photo credit: FRIVILOUS KATE

MONEYGLASS HOUSE, near Toomebridge, County Antrim, was a fine mid-19th century Italianate house of two storeys over a basement.

It was in the style of Sir Charles Lanyon, with round-headed windows on either side of the entrance porch and elsewhere on the facade.

The central section of the entrance front consisted of five bays, with two bays projecting boldly on each side.

The porch was similar to a three-arched Italianate loggia, with Tuscan columns surmounted by latticed balustrading.

The end piers of the porch had rock-faced rustication around the windows on either side and elsewhere.

The roof was singularly low-pitched, almost concealed.

The mansion house is now demolished, apart from the porte-cochere.

Moneyglass House was re-designed ca 1850, complete with two new gate lodges.

Other former residences ~ Jonesborough House, Flurrybridge, County Armagh; 91, Via Vinti Settembre, Rome.

First published in January, 2013.


Anonymous said...

Great article Lord B. Well done for unearthing another one! VC

Pat Grimes said...

I found you article precise and informative. I have a contemporary newspaper report of the re-interment of Kendrick Hamilton-Jones in 1928 at the request of his widow: would you like a copy of this article?

Anonymous said...

Moneyglass House stables area was used for a specially built set for the TV series Game of Thrones in 2015 -

Anonymous said...

In no way were the Moneyglass House stables used for the filming of tv series Game of Thrones but a separately built set was created for this purpose. The buildings are preserved and are currently in use by the owners.

Anonymous said...

Thomas Hamilton Jones employed a band at Moneyglass under the direction of Signor Develini. "Their instruments are of the best description, their uniform neat and handsome, and the whole reflects the greatest credit on the taste of the spirited proprietor of Moneyglass, who thus employs the leisure hours of the young lads on his property" - Northern Whig, 17 May 1851

Don Pearson

Anne Louise Hamilton - Jones said...

My maiden name is Hamilton-Jones and I am in possession of the original transcript of all this information. This is my family, I found this in my late Dad's filing. My one and only cousin Susan is also related to the Hamilton Jones family.

Anonymous said...

I am presently researching some of my ancestors and have found that my great-great-aunt,
Hannah McErlain was married to Captain Kenrick John Charles Hamilton-Jones and lived in Moneyglass house.
Reading one of the follow up comments (dated 26 Sept 2019) from Anne Louise Hamilton-Jones was of great interest and I ask her (or anyone else) to get in touch with me. I have a lot of information to share and it may be that we are related.

Greylag said...

Hi Anne, We have a family connection from Northern Ireland. I am trying to find some information and hoped you could help. My email is



Unknown said...

I'm currently searching for some family history as well. I am a descendant of Joseph Hamilton who was born in 1818 somewhere in Ireland and moved to Kilbirnie, Scotland and married a woman named Agnes Rennie in 1843 (one of their sons, James Hamilton, was my great-great grandfather)
I had an uncle who traveled to Kilbirnie sometime in the 1970s or 80s and compiled all the info he found in a book.
I can't find the book, unfortunately, but I have a bunch of documents of James's from Scotland, and a family tree that just begins with Joseph and Agnes.

The two places I keep seeing when I'm searching were in Ireland Joseph could have possibly been born are Moneyglass and Ballymatoskerty (which I believe is a road near Moneyglass?) I'm wondering if he was related to the Hamilton Jones'. If anyone has info on this my email is


Donal A Clarke said...

I am researching information on the townland of Ballynanny, Annaclone Co.Down
I note that in 1735 the landlord was William Morris Jones of Moneyglafs County Antrim.
Hopefully I can get back to PRONI and look at lease records they hold (ref D2454/9)

I obtained a copy of the sale of this townland in the year 1852 at an auction in the Victoria Hotel in Newry. Seller noted as Thomas Morris Hamilton Jones.

Query: Does PRONI hold all the Morris (Hamilton) Jones lease records?