SIR BASIL BROOKE (1567-1633), Knight, of Magherabeg and Brooke Manor, County Donegal, went over to Ulster during the reign of ELIZABETH I.
Sir Basil served under Charles Blount, 8th Lord Mountjoy, and was appointed governor of the town and castle of Donegal.
He was likewise one of the commissioners for the settlement of Ulster, and obtained from the crown large grants of land in County Donegal.
Sir Basil's son and successor (by Elizabeth, his wife, daughter of John Leycester, of Toft),
SIR HENRY BROOKE, Knight, of Brookeborough, County Fermanagh, also governor of Donegal, High Sheriff of County Fermanagh, 1669, and MP for Brooke's Borough.
This gentleman received, in recompense for his services during the rebellion of 1641, grants of lands in County Fermanagh.
Sir Henry married firstly, Elizabeth, daughter of Captain John Wynter; and secondly, Anne, daughter of Sir George St George Bt, of Carrickdrumrusk, County Leitrim.
For his third wife, Mr Brooke espoused Elizabeth, daughter of Henry, Lord Docwra.
He died in 1671, and was succeeded by the eldest son (by his second wife),
THOMAS BROOKE MP, of Donegal, Major in the Williamite Regiment of Foot, who wedded Catherine, daughter of Sir John Cole Bt, of Newlands, County Dublin, and sister of Cole, Lord Ranelagh.
This gentleman died in 1696, leaving a son,
HENRY BROOKE (1671-1761), of Colebrooke, MP for and governor of County Fermanagh, who married, in 1711, Lettice, daughter of Mr Alderman Benjamin Burton, of the city of Dublin.
Mr Brooke left at his decease, in 1761, four daughters and two sons, of whom ARTHUR, MP for Fermanagh, was created a baronet, 1764, which honour ceased at his demise in 1785; and
FRANCIS BROOKE, who wedded, in 1765, Hannah, daughter of Henry Prittie, of Dunalley, Co Tipperary, and sister of the 1st Lord Dunalley, by whom he had issue,
Arthur (Sir), KCB, lieutenant-general;Mr Brooke died in 1800, and was succeeded by his youngest surviving son,
Richard Prittie, major-general;
HENRY, of whom presently;
Caroline; Harriet; Elizabeth.
HENRY BROOKE (1770-1834), of Colebrooke, County Fermanagh, who was created a baronet in 1822.
This gentleman married, in 1792, Harriet, daughter of the Hon John Butler, and granddaughter of Brinsley, 1st Viscount Lanesborough, by whom he had issue,
Francis, fell at Waterloo;Sir Henry was succeeded by his eldest surviving son,
Henry, died young;
Edward Basil, major-general;
Richard, later HOWARD-BROOKE;
George Augustus Frederick;
Harriett Elizabeth; Maria; Selina.
SIR ARTHUR BRINSLEY BROOKE, 2nd Baronet (1797-1854).
The Brookes of Colebrooke remain one of the oldest landed families in Ulster.
The Brookeborough Papers are deposited at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.
Sir Arthur, Arthur, 4th Baronet, was Sheriff of County Fermanagh in 1896, a Deputy Lieutenant, and Justice of the Peace for the county.
His younger brother was Field Marshal Alan Francis Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke.
The Rt Hon Sir Basil, 5th Baronet, KG CBE MC PC, third prime minister of Northern Ireland, was elevated to the peerage in 1952 as VISCOUNT BROOKEBOROUGH.
His second but eldest surviving son, John, 2nd Viscount, and 6th Baronet, was also a notable politician.
As of 2010,[update] the titles are held by the latter's eldest son, Alan, 3rd and present Viscount and 7th Brooke Baronet, who succeeded in 1987.
Lord Brookeborough is a Lord in Waiting to HM The Queen and Lord-Lieutenant for County Fermanagh.
First published in November, 2010.