Friday, 15 February 2019

New Armagh DL


The Earl of Caledon KCVO, Lord-Lieutenant of County Armagh, has been pleased to appoint
Mr Terence David WALKINGSHAW
County Armagh
To be a Deputy Lieutenant of the County, his Commission bearing date the 31st day of January 2019

Lord Lieutenant of the County

Hampstead Hall


JOHN McCLINTOCK, son of John McClintock, of Hampstead Hall, County Londonderry, by Sarah his wife, daughter of James Acheson, married Margaret, daughter of Robert Alexander, merchant of Londonderry, and had issue,
WILLIAM KERR, his heir;
Samuel, of Gransha lodge;
Eliza; Anne; Jane.
Mr McClintock died in 1802, and was succeeded by his eldest son,

WILLIAM KERR McCLINTOCK JP (1788-1841), of Hampstead Hall, who wedded, in 1818, Sarah, eldest daughter of William Macky, of Londonderry, and had issue,
John Kerr;
William Kerr Macky;
THOMPSON MACKY, of whom hereafter;
Sarah; Anne; Ellen Macky; Louisa.
The third son,

THOMPSON MACKY McCLINTOCK JP (1826-1904), of Hampstead Hall, Captain, 87th Royal Irish Fusiliers, espoused, in 1856, Sarah Maria, elder daughter of the Rev John Conyngham McCausland, Rector of Clonmore, County Louth, and Sarah Anne his wife, daughter of Edward Elsmere and Sarah de Renzi his wife, of Clobemon Hall and Baltinglass, County Wexford, and had issue,
WILLIAM KERR, his heir;
John Conyngham;
Edward Elsmere;
Sarah Louisa; Ada Elsmere; Sydney Maria; Elizabeth Maude.
The eldest son,

WILLIAM KERR McCLINTOCK (1858-1940), of Hampstead Hall, and Redvers House, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Colonel Commanding 1st Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment, married, in 1895, Edith Mary, daughter of William Rowland Swanston, of Newcastle-on-Tyne, and had issue,
William Kerr, b 1896;
Violet Kerr, 1902-3;
Anne Kerr, b 1904;
Margaret Kerr, b 1908.

HAMPSTEAD HALL, Londonderry, is a two-storey, five bay Georgian house over a basement.

Two chimneystacks are prominent, as do quoins.

It has a hipped roof and a central, fan-lighted doorway with Tuscan-style, Doric columns.

Hampstead Hall was once called Greenhaw.

It is thought that the present house dates from 1820, and was rebuilt ca 1850.

Hampstead was owned from 1959 till 1979 by Mr Halliday; later by Dr Duff, who sold the land for housing development and erected a bungalow nearby.

The present owner bought the house with existing gardens and outbuildings in 1982.

During the 2nd World War the land was occupied with military installations.

The current owner has begun restoring the house and recapturing its architectural character and detailing.

It is renowned for its fine, landscaped gardens.

First published in February, 2017.

Valete: This Week

For those of you who happen to be of a certain vintage, Sir Robin Day was the BBC's Questiontime, the original and best chairman.

My enthusiasm for the show dissipated thereafter.

I hear that the BBC is "pulling the plug" on its current affairs programme, This Week, at the end of its present series.

The broadcaster and journalist, Andrew Neil, has been presenting This Week since its inception in 2003.

I never tire of enjoying his customary Dixon-Of-Dock-Green Evenin' All when it starts.

My conversion to This Week has been quite recent, though I have seldom missed a show in over a year.

Given its very late slot at eleven forty-five, I tend to watch on my iPad in bed.

Messrs Johnson & Portillo

This Week has been blessed with a Dream Team of Andrew Neil, two former cabinet ministers, viz. Michael "Choo-choo" Portillo and Alan Johnson, and guests.

Even Mr Neil's golden retriever, Miss Molly, has featured occasionally.

All good things must come to an end, eventually, I suppose.

The Ballymacormick Acquisition


PROPERTY: Ballymacormick Point, near Bangor, County Down

DATE: 1952

EXTENT: 33.18 acres

DONOR: Thomas Kingan


PROPERTY: Cockle Island, Groomsport, County Down

DATE: 1975

EXTENT: 0.6 acres

DONOR: Gavin Perceval-Maxwell

First published in December, 2014.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Dromore Castle


The O'Mahonys were, in early times, powerful chieftains in the province of Munster, and had extensive estates along the sea-coast of counties Cork and Kerry.
Opposite Horse Island, off the former county, was their castle of Rosbrin, boldly erected on a rock over the sea; and its proprietor, in the time of ELIZABETH I, availing himself of the natural advantage that it possessed, led a life of such successful piracy, that Sir George Carew, when Lord President of Munster, was obliged to demolish it.
From old family documents, it appears that the ancestors of RICHARD JOHN MAHONY, of Dromore Castle, held for a long period the office of Seneschal of Kerry, even down to the time of the Commonwealth.
In 1639, MacDermot O'Mahony was confirmed as High Sheriff of Kerry by CHARLES I. Not long after, the O'Mahonys, true to their allegiance, suffered fine and confiscation, and finally sought in foreign climes the distinction denied them at home.
COLONEL DERMOT O'MAHONY, of Rosbrin, a faithful adherent of JAMES II, fought and fell at Aughrim.

His brother, DANIEL MAHONY, received the honour of knighthood from that monarch at St Germain's for his gallant conduct at Cremona, and afterwards for his good services in France, Spain and Italy, obtained the title of Count from LOUIS XIV.

This was the celebrated General Count MAHONY, of the Spanish service, so distinguished at Almanza and in Sicily as Commander-in-Chief of the Spanish troops.

A chief line of the great House of Mahony resident in County Kerry was

JOHN MAHONY, of Dromore Castle, who married firstly, in 1794, Miss Higginbotham, of Bath, who died without issue; and secondly, Miss Day, daughter of the Ven Edward Day, Archdeacon of Ardfert, of Beaufort House, County Kerry, and had issue,
DENIS, of whom presently;
He married thirdly, Miss Godfrey, daughter of Sir William Godfrey Bt, of Kilcoleman Abbey, County Kerry, by whom he had a daughter, Agnes, who wedded R C Hickson, of Fermoyle, County Kerry.

Mr Mahony died in 1817, and was succeeded by his eldest son,

THE REV DENIS MAHONY JP, of Dromore Castle, who married firstly, in 1827, Lucinda Catherine, only child of John Segerson, of West Cove, County Kerry, and had a son,

RICHARD JOHN, of whom hereafter.
He wedded secondly, in 1829, Jane, daughter of Sir John Blake Bt, of Menlo Castle, and by her had issue,
Rose; Margaret.
He espoused thirdly, in 1843, Katherine, daughter of Mathew Franks, of Merrion Square, Dublin, by whom he had one daughter, Mary Ellen.

The Rev Denis Mahony died in 1851, and was succeeded by his eldest son,

RICHARD JOHN MAHONY JP DL (1828-), of Dromore Castle, High Sheriff of County Kerry, 1853, who was father of

HAROLD SEGERSON MAHONY JP (1867-1905), of Dromore Castle, County Kerry, who succeeded his father in 1892.

When Harold Mahony was killed in a bicycle accident in 1905, he left no heirs.

The estate passed to his sister, Norah Eveleen Mahony, wife of Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Hood TD JP, who, in turn, left the castle to her cousin, Hugh Bolton Waller.

DROMORE CASTLE, near Templenoe, County Kerry, looks out over the River Kenmare.

It was built in the 1830s for the Mahony family to a neo-gothic design by Sir Thomas Deane.

It was designed and built for Denis Mahony.

Work began in 1831, although the account books show that only a negligible amount had been carried out before 1834.

Building work was completed in 1839.

The house is in the castellated Gothic-Revival style, with an external finish of Roman cement with limestone dressings.

With the notable exception of the grand south-facing window with its pointed arch, the windows consist of pointed tracery contained within rectangular frames, a style characteristic of Deane's domestic work.

The entrance hall, which is in the form of a long gallery, takes up half of the area of the ground floor.

The west wing of the Castle takes the form of a round tower, with a spiral staircase contained within an attached turret.
Although Dromore Castle appears to have been built on the instructions of Denis Mahony, his father John Mahony had made the decision to build a large residence earlier in the 19th century, but apparently abandoned the attempt after his yacht, returning from London with lead for the roof and wine for the cellar, sank in the River Kenmare, in view of the site of the house.
Thereafter, no further work took place until Deane began building work for Denis Mahony in the 1830s.

Denis Mahony was a rector of the Church of Ireland and a keen proselytiser.

He is known to have set up a soup kitchen at Dromore during the time of the Irish Potato Famine, and preached in the chapel at Dromore to the hungry who came for food.

His proselytizing activities did not make him a popular figure in the locality, and in 1850 he was attacked in his church at Templenoe.

On returning to Dromore, he found a further angry group had uprooted flower beds, felled trees and were about to set fire to the castle; it is claimed that they were only stopped by the intervention of the local priest.

After the Rev Denis Mahony's death in 1851, the castle was inherited by his son, Richard John Mahony, who successfully ran the estate in addition to farming oyster beds in the bay.

When Richard Mahony died, the castle then passed in turn to his son, Harold Segerson Mahony.

Harold was an extremely successful tennis player, and indeed was the last Irish winner at Wimbledon.

His tennis court can still be found in the gardens at the Castle.
It was in the late 1800s, during Harold Mahony's time as head of the household, that Harold Boulton, best known for writing the lyrics of the Skye Boat Song, came to visit Dromore, and it is then that he is thought to have written the words to the popular song "The Castle of Dromore," published in 1892.
When Harold Mahony was killed in a bicycle accident in 1905, he left no heirs, and the castle was passed to his sister, Norah Hood.

She in turn left the castle to her cousin, Hardrass Waller, and the castle remained in the hands of the Waller family until 1993 when it was offered for sale.

Dromore Castle is now owned by an investment company who are attempting to restore the building.

Beyond the Castle's gardens and outbuildings, the majority of the Castle grounds are now owned by  the Irish forestry board.

The Kerry Way runs through the grounds, and there are various footpaths leading to the Kenmare River. Entrance to the grounds is through a castellated gatehouse, also by Thomas Deane.

Dromore Castle provided some of the filming locations for the 1988 film High Spirits.

First published in June, 2012.

Bob McCartney

I had a bit of shopping to do this morning.

The old Belmont taste-buds had a craving for that slow-cooked lamb sold in certain stores.

The method of cooking it in a sealed bag is, I gather, known as as sous-vide.

It's ages since I have eaten lamb and, quite frankly, my consumption of red meat has declined.

I enjoy it, however, when it's on the menu.

Whilst ambling past the countless aisles I had the great joy and privilege of encountering none other than Bob McCartney, the retired Ulster barrister and MP for North Down before Lady Hermon.

I don't know whether he recognized me or not, though we greeted each other cordially.

He looked well.

Templer of Loughgall

ROBERT BARON TEMPLER (1830-86), of Cloveneden, Loughgall, County Armagh, Barrister, Middle Temple, Land Agent for the Cope Estate, married, in 1860, Geraldine, youngest daughter of Captain Francis Manley Shawe, leaving issue, his second son,

WALTER FRANCIS TEMPLER CBE DL (1865-1942), of the Manor House, Loughgall, Lieutenant-Colonel, Royal Irish Fusiliers, Army Pay Department, 1888-1921, who wedded, in 1895, Mabel Eileen (Little Castle Dillon, near Armagh), third daughter of Major Robert Johnston, Highland Light Infantry, and Army Pay Department, and had issue, 

FIELD-MARSHAL SIR GERALD WALTER ROBERT TEMPLER KG GCB GCMG KBE DSO, of Little Castle Dillon, County Armagh, and 12 Wilton Street, London.

Sir Gerald is pictured, above, wearing the robe of a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB).

In his right hand he holds his field-marshal's baton.

Loughgall Manor

The Northern Ireland Horticulture & Plant Breeding station is set in the former Cope Estate, surrounded by mature woodlands and overlooking the Lough Gall.

The estate was established in the late 17th century by Sir Anthony Cope, of Hanwell, Oxfordshire, and became the Cope family home for 350 years.

In 1947 the estate was purchased from Sir Gerald Templer, a descendant of the original owner, by the (then) Ministry of Agriculture.

First published in February, 2013.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

1st Baron Dorchester



The immediate ancestor of this family was

LANCELOT CARLETON (1549-1615), of Brampton Foot, Gilsland, a younger son of the ancient house of CARLETON, of Carleton, Cumberland, who settled at Rossfad, near Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.

He married Eleanor Kirkby, of Lancashire, and had issue,
LANCELOT, his heir;
Guy (Rt Rev), Lord Bishop of Chichester.
The eldest son,

LANCELOT CARLETON, of Rossfad, wedded Mary, his wife, daughter of William Irvine, of Castle Irvine, County Fermanagh, and had issue,
LANCELOT, his heir;
Christopher, of Market Hill, Co Fermanagh.
Mr Carleton, who was slain in the service of CHARLES I, was succeeded by his eldest son,

LANCELOT CARLETON, of Rossfad, High Sheriff of Fermanagh, 1683, Donegal, 1686, wedded Mary, daughter and heir of John Cathcart, and had issue,
Lancelot, died unmarried, 1700;
Guy, of Rossfad;
CHRISTOPHER, of whom presently;
Charles, died unmarried;
John, died in the war in Spain;
William, died unmarried.
Mr Carleton died ca 1693, and was succeeded by his third son,

CHRISTOPHER CARLETON (-c1738), of Newry, County Down, who wedded Catherine, daughter of Henry Ball, and had issue,
William, army captain;
Lancelot, died unmarried;
GUY, of whom hereafter;
Thomas, 1st Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick;
Catherine; Anne; Conolly.
The third son,

GENERAL SIR GUY CARLETON KB (1724-1808), who, in consideration of his eminent services during the first American war, was elevated to the peerage, in 1786, in the dignity of BARON DORCHESTER, of Dorchester, Oxfordshire, having previously obtained a pension of £1,000 per annum for his own life and the lives of his lady and two elder sons.

His lordship espoused, in 1772, Maria, daughter of Thomas, 2nd Earl of Effingham, and had issue,
Guy, died unmarried;
Thomas, died unmarried;
Christopher (1775-1806), father of ARTHUR HENRY, 2nd Baron;
George, Lt-Col, father of GUY, 3rd Baron;
Richard (Rev), father of DUDLEY WILMOT, 4th Baron;
Maria; Frances.
He was succeeded by his grandson,

ARTHUR HENRY, 2nd Baron (1805-26), who died unmarried, when the barony descended to his cousin,

GUY, 3rd Baron (1811-75), who wedded, in 1837, Anne, daughter of Thomas Wauchope, and had issue,
HENRIETTA ANNE, 1st Baroness Dorchester;
Maria Georgiana.
His lordship died without male issue, and the title reverted to his cousin,

DUDLEY WILMOT, 4th Baron (1822-97), who espoused, in 1854, Charlotte, daughter and co-heiress of john, 1st Baron Broughton, by his wife, the Lady Julia Thomasina Hay, sixth daughter of George, 7th Marquess of Tweeddale.

His lordship died without issue, when the barony expired.

The barony was revived, however, in 1899, when the 3rd Baron's elder daughter,

THE HON HENRIETTA ANNE CARLETON (1846-1925), was created BARONESS DORCHESTER, of Dorchester, Oxfordshire.

Her ladyship wedded firstly, in 1864, Francis Paynton Pigott, and had issue, an only child,
She married secondly, in 1887, Major-General Richard Langford Leir.

Her ladyship was succeeded by her only son,

DUDLEY MASSEY PIGOTT, 2nd Baron (1876-1963), OBE, who wedded, in 1911, Kathleen, daughter of William, 6th Baron de Blaquiere, and had issue,
Diana Claudia Patricia (1912-90);
Lorraine Charmian Gabrielle (1919-2010).

GUY CARLETON was born at Strabane, County Tyrone, in 1724; and went on to become military governor of Quebec.

He was instrumental in successfully challenging an invasion of Canada by the rebel forces of the American Colonies in 1776, when he was appointed to the Order of the Bath.

A plaque in Strabane reads,

Born at Bowling Green, Strabane, Carleton was commissioned ensign in 1742 in the 25th Foot rising rapidly through the ranks and serving in several campaigns notably in Canada as Captain General and Governor in Chief of Quebec from 1768.

His policies acknowledged the French colonists and incorporated the French system of land ownership and inheritance.

Guy Carleton, 1st Baron Dorchester, KB (Strabane, Co. Tyrone, Ireland, 3 September 1724 – 10 November 1808 Stubbings, Maidenhead, Berkshire), known between 1776 and 1786 as Sir Guy Carleton, was an Irish-British soldier who twice served as Governor of the Province of Quebec, from 1768–1778 (concurrently serving as Governor General of British North America), and from 1785–1795.He commanded British troops in the American Revolutionary War.

In 1742, he was commissioned as an Ensign in the 25th Regiment of Foot and in which in 1745 he was made a lieutenant. In 1751 he joined the 1st Foot Guards as a Captain and in 1752 a Captain and in 1757 was made a lieutenant colonel.

In 1758 he was made the lieutenant colonel of the newly formed 72nd Regiment of Foot. He became a friend of James Wolfe.In 1778, Sir Guy resigned the Governorship only to be brought out of retirement in 1782 to act as Commander in Chief of British Forces in North America.

In this capacity he oversaw the surrender of New York to George Washington (among whose personal bodyguard was Captain John Dunlap) and the evacuation of British troops from North America.

Sir Guy was ennobled as the Right Honourable Guy Carleton, Baron Dorchester, in 1786; and was appointed Commander-in-Chief, North America.

In 1772, Carleton married Maria, daughter of Thomas, 2nd Earl of Effingham.
His firm but fair administration at that time (especially in regard to recognising the status of French Canadians) was responsible for the successful inauguration of the respective institutions which became the foundations of modern Canada.
At the time of his death in 1808, Lord Dorchester was recognised as one of the most decisive figures of the 18th Century.

In retirement, Lord Dorchester lived mostly at Greywell Hill, adjoining Nately Scures, Hampshire.

After 1805, he moved to Stubbings House, Burchett's Green, near Maidenhead, Berkshire.

In 1808, he died suddenly at Stubbings.

He was buried in the parish church of St Swithun's, Nately Scures.

First published in December, 2009.  Dorchester arms courtesy of European Heraldry.

The Dukedom

THE DUKEDOM, the most elevated dignity in the peerage, was first introduced by EDWARD III.

His Majesty created his eldest son, Edward, The Black Prince, in 1337 (then Earl of Chester), Duke of Cornwall, and subsequently Prince of Wales, when the Dukedom merged in the Principality, and has ever since been vested in the heir apparent to the Crown, who, at his birth, becomes Duke of Cornwall.

The second dukedom was conferred in 1351, upon Henry of Grosmont (son and heir of the Earl of Derby), under the title of Duke of Lancaster, which dignity expired at His Grace's decease, in 1360, without male issue; but was re-conferred, in 1362, upon John of Gaunt, who had espoused the Duke's second daughter, and eventually sole heiress, Blanche of Lancaster.

In the reign of ELIZABETH I, in 1572, the whole order became utterly extinct; but it was revived about fifty years later by her successor, in the person of George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham.

A duke is styled "His Grace" and the "Most Noble", and he is officially addressed by the Crown, "Our right trusty and right entirely beloved Cousin and Counsellor".

The most recent non-royal dukedom to be conferred was in 1900 for Alexander Duff, 6th Earl Fife, KG, KT, etc, who was created Duke of Fife (second creation).

Following his retirement as Prime Minister in 1955, Sir Winston Churchill was offered a dukedom (Prime ministers were customarily offered hereditary peerages), though he declined the offer.

THE ROBES worn by a duke at a coronation consist of a mantle and surcoat of common velvet, lined with white taffeta, the mantle doubled from the neck to the elbow with ermine, having four rows of spots on each shoulder.

His Grace's parliamentary robes are of fine scarlet cloth, lined with taffeta, having four guards of ermine on the right side, and three on the left, placed at equal distances, each guard surmounted with gold lace; the robe is tied up to the left shoulder by a white ribbon.

His cap is of crimson velvet, lined with ermine, having a gold tassel at top; and his coronet, which is of gold, is set with strawberry leaves, also of gold.

First published in December, 2013.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Clonbrock House


This family deduces its descent from a common progenitor with the Dillons, Earls of Roscommon, and the Dillons, Viscounts Dillon.

Sir James Dillon, brother of Sir Maurice, who was ancestor of the Viscount Dillon, was father of Sir Robert, who had two sons, Sir Richard, of Riverston, ancestor of the Earls of Roscommon; and Gerald, ancestor of the Barons Clonbrock.

This Gerald married Elizabeth, daughter of John, Baron Barry, and was ancestor of Thomas Dillon, of Clonbrock, County Galway, Chief Justice of Connaught, 1603; from whom was descended

ROBERT DILLON (c1704-46), MP for Dungarvan, 1728-46, who wedded Margaret, daughter of Morgan Magan, of Togherston House, County Westmeath, and was father of

LUKE DILLON, of Clonbrock, who wedded Bridget, daughter of John Kelly, of Castle Kelly, County Galway, and the Lady Honoria Burke, daughter of John, 9th Earl of Clanricarde, and had issue,
ROBERT, his heir;
Honoria; Susanna.
The eldest son,

ROBERT DILLON (1754-95), MP for Lanesborough, 1776-90, was elevated to the peerage, in 1793, in the dignity of BARON CLONBROCK, of Clonbrock, County Galway.

His lordship married, in 1776, Letitia, only daughter and heir of John Greene, of Old Abbey, County Limerick, and niece, maternally, of John, Earl of Norbury, and had issue,
LUKE, his successor;
Catherine Bridget; Letitia Susannah.
His lordship was succeeded by his son,

LUKE, 2nd Baron (1780-1826), who wedded, in 1803, Anastasia, only daughter and heir of Joseph Henry, 1st Baron Wallscourt, by the Lady Louisa Catherine Bermingham, his wife, third daughter and co-heir of Thomas, Earl of Louth, and had issue,
ROBERT, his successor;
Louisa Harriet; Letitia.
The only son,

ROBERT, 3rd Baron (1807-93), espoused, in 1830, Caroline Elizabeth, daughter of Francis, 1st Baron Churchill, and had issue,
Luke Almeric, died in infancy;
LUKE GERALD, his successor;
Fanny Letitia; Caroline Anastasia.
His lordship was succeeded by his surviving son,

LUKE GERALD, 4th Baron (1834-1917), KP PC, who married, in 1866, Augusta Caroline, daughter of Edward, 2nd Baron Crofton, and had issue,
ROBERT EDWARD, his successor;
Georgiana Caroline; Edith Augusta; Ethel Louisa.
His lordship was succeeded by his only son,

ROBERT EDWARD, 5th Baron (1869-1926), who died unmarried, when the title expired.

CLONBROCK HOUSE, Ahascragh, County Galway, was built between 1780-88 by Robert Dillon, later 1st Baron Clonbrock.

It comprised three storeys over a basement, and replaced a an older castle which was burnt in 1807 owing to a bonfire lit to celebrate the birth of his lordship's son and heir, the 2nd Baron.

Clonbrock had a seven-bay entrance front with a three-bay, pedimented breakfront.

A single-storey Doric portico was added about 1824.

In 1855, the 3rd Baron added a single-storey, two-bay bow-ended wing to the right of the entrance front.

Following the death of the bachelor 5th Baron in 1926, Clonbrock passed to his sister, the Hon Ethel Louisa Dillon.

It was subsequently bequeathed to her nephew, Mr Luke Dillon-Mahon, who sold it in 1976.

Clonbrock suffered a catastrophic fire in 1984 and is now ruinous.

First published in March, 2014.  Clonbrock arms courtesy of European Heraldry.

Armagh Manor


The Hares are traditionally of Scottish origin, and are stated to have settled in Ulster at the period of religious persecution in Scotland.

They were first established in the barony of Glenawley, County Fermanagh, and were subsequently moved to the barony of Clonkelly, in another part of the same county, on the acquisition of the property of Armagh Manor by

JAMES HAIRE (c1737-1833), who first adopted the additional i in the surname.

He wedded Anne, daughter of William Henry, a Dublin merchant, and had issue,
ROBERT, his heir;
Hamilton (Rev), of Glasdrumman, Co Fermanagh;
Henry, in military service;
Mary Anne.
Mr Haire was succeeded by his eldest son,

ROBERT HAIRE, of Armagh Manor, Barrister, who married, in 1799, Elizabeth, daughter of William Babington, of Cavan, and left issue at his decease, about 1851, a son and daughter, viz.
JAMES, his heir;
Anne, m to Rev H Dawson.
Mr Haire was succeeded by his only son,

JAMES HAIRE, of Armagh Manor, born in 1801, High Sheriff of County Fermanagh, 1853, who was succeeded by his cousin,

WILLIAM HAMILTON HAIRE JP (1834-1914), of Armagh Manor, Major, 3rd Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers, son of the Rev Hamilton Haire, of Mount Bailey, County Louth, by his wife Charlotte, daughter of William Forster.

Major Haire wedded, in 1876, Sarah, daughter of William H Jackson, of Killarney House, County Wicklow.

He was succeeded by his nephew,

ARTHUR J McGREGOR HAIRE (1869-1938), of Armagh Manor, who married, in 1914, Rebecca, daughter of Thomas Courtney, of Ballagh, County Fermanagh, and had, with other issue, a son,


ARMAGH MANOR, near Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh, is a Scottish-Baronial style Victorian country house of 1865.

A centrally attached turret, containing the main doorway, faces south-east.

The block to the left has a canted bay window, three small sash windows above it, and a bartizan at the corner.

To the right there are two sets of three-sash windows, and two to the left.

Crow-stepped gables are prominent.

James Haire (JH) welcomed visitors to his new home, in 1865, with the adage "Ye Blissin of God be Heirin" above the threshold.

There is a crow-stepped archway into the courtyard, with outbuildings attached.

The landscaping was never completed after the nearby quarry was flooded by a spring and the contractor suffered bankruptcy.

The Haire family continues to live at Armagh Manor, which now comprises 250 acres of land.

First published in February, 2015.

Monday, 11 February 2019

The Argory Acquisition


PROPERTY: The Argory, Moy, County Armagh

DATE: 1979

EXTENT: 280.92 acres

DONOR: Hoare Trustees and Walter MacGeough-Bond


PROPERTY: Derrygally Farm

DATE: 1979

EXTENT: 77.1 acres

DONOR: Hoare Trustees and Walter MacGeough-Bond

First published in December, 2014

1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston

This family, of great and undoubted antiquity, came out of Normandy with WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR, to whom that prince gave lands and possessions for their valiant services.

ROBERT DE COURÇON, Seigneur of Courçon, near Lisieux, Normandy, was granted Fishead, Oxfordshire, West Lockinge, Berkshire, etc by WILLIAM I.

His grandson,

RICHARD DE COURÇON, was granted Knights' fees of Croxall, Kedleston, Edinghall and Twyford, in the counties of Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

Richard's second son, STEPHEN, held Fauld, Staffordshire.

ROBERT OF COURÇON (also written Curzon), the celebrated English cardinal, was living in the reign of KING JOHN.

Photo Credit: National Trust Images

The senior line terminated in Mary, daughter and heir of Sir George Curzon, of Croxall Hall, who married, in 1612, Edward Sackville, 4th Earl of Dorset KG, the second line being Curzon of Kedleston, and the third, Curzon of Waterperry.

JOHN CURZON (1598-1686), of Kedleston, MP for Brackley, 1628, Derbyshire, 1640, was created a baronet in 1641, denominated of Kedleston, Derbyshire.

Sir John married Patience, daughter of Sir Thomas Crewe, and sister of Baron Crew, of Stene; and dying in 1686, was succeeded by his only surviving son,

SIR NATHANIEL CURZON, 2nd Baronet (c1640-1719), who wedded Sarah, daughter of William Penn, of Buckinghamshire, and was succeeded by his eldest son,

SIR JOHN CURZON, 3rd Baronet (c1674-1727), MP for Derbyshire, 1701-7, who died unmarried, when the title devolved upon his brother,

SIR NATHANIEL CURZON, 4th Baronet (c1676-1758), MP, who espoused Mary, daughter and co-heir of Sir Ralph Assheton Bt, by whom he had issue,
NATHANIEL, his successor;
Assheton, created Viscount Curzon, in 1802.
Sir Nathaniel was succeeded by his eldest son,

SIR NATHANIEL CURZON, 5th Baronet (1726-1804), MP, who was elevated to the peerage, in 1761, in the dignity of BARON SCARSDALE, of Scarsdale, Derbyshire.

His lordship married, in 1750, Caroline, daughter of Charles, 2nd Earl of Portmore, and had issue,
NATHANIEL, his successor;
Charles William;
David Francis;
Caroline; Juliana.
He was succeeded by his eldest son,

NATHANIEL, 2nd Baron (1751-1837), who wedded firstly, in 1777, Sophia Susanna, third daughter of Edward, 1st Viscount Wentworth, and had issue,
NATHANIEL, his successor;
Sophia Caroline.
He espoused secondly, in 1798, Felicité Anne Josephe de Wattines, a Flemish lady, and had further issue,
Alfred, grandfather of the 4th Baron;
Francis James;
Felicité; Mary; Caroline.
his lordship was succeeded by his eldest son,

NATHANIEL, 3rd Baron (1781-1856), who died unmarried, when the family honours devolved upon his cousin,

ALFRED NATHANIEL HOLDEN, 4th Baron (1831-1916), JP, who married, in 1856, Blanche, daughter of Joseph Pocklington Stenhouse, and had issue,
GEORGE NATHANIEL, his successor;
Alfred Nathaniel;
Francis Nathaniel;
Assheton Nathaniel;
Sophia; Mary; Blanche; Eveline; Elinor; Geraldine; Margaret.
His lordship was succeeded by his eldest son,

GEORGE NATHANIEL, 5th Baron (1859-1925), KG, GCSI, GCIE, PC, who wedded firstly, in 1895, Mary Victoria, daughter of Levi Zeigler Leiter, and had issue,
Mary Irene, Baroness Ravensdale of Kedleson;
Cynthia Blanche; Alexandra Naldera.
 His lordship espoused secondly, in 1917, Grace Elvina, daughter of Joseph Monroe Hinds.
His lordship, VICEROY AND GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF INDIA, 1899-1905, was advanced to the dignity of a marquessate, in 1921, as MARQUESS CURZON OF KEDLESTON.

Ancestral seat ~ Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire.

Curzon arms courtesy of European Heraldry.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

The Green Book

There was something happening yesterday morning at a local sports club of mine, CIYMS, or "CI" as we call it.

There were cars lining the road, some with Irish registration numbers.

The time was about ten twenty-five.

I was meeting my aunt for coffee and a Chelsea bun at S D Bell's Leaf & Berry tea-room.

I don't think Bell's has changed very much in its traditional character for - shall we say - fifty years.

Indeed it has tripled in size, with a few flat-screen televisions, a shop, and so on, though essentially it remains a thriving, popular place.

In the afternoon I swam the customary eighty lengths of my health club (Bannatyne's), wallowing in the hot tub adjacent to the pool thereafter.

Self at Campbell

The club has undergone major renovation recently, though the swimming-pool, sauna, jacuzzi, steam-room and changing-rooms haven't been refurbished at all.

Now I have to admit that I do enjoy a good Chinese meal, particularly the sweet-and-sour prawns or chicken.

I've been making my own for about a year, and this was one of my better decisions.

I buy battered chicken pieces and those handy pouches of egg-fried rice.

The sauce is easy and quick to make: wine vinegar, stevia brown sugar, pineapple juice, tomato ketchup, cornflour paste to thicken; onion chunks, garlic, pineapple chunks, finely-sliced red pepper or carrot.

Of course the quantity of these ingredients and the method matters.

I consider the quality, viscosity and taste of the sauce to be essential, so I have it precisely to my liking, and judge restaurant sweet-and-sour sauces by my own.

I've more or less stopped drinking now, unless you count the odd half-glass of wine.

My aunt had recommended a film when we were at S D Bell's, The Green Book.

The intention had been to go and see The Favourite, though my aunt's thumb's-up to The Green Book was so good that I climbed into the jalopy and made a bee-line for Queen's Quay in Belfast, viz. the Odyssey Pavilion, where there's a cinema.

This pavilion, as they call it, is a ghost-town these days, because all the restaurants have closed, apart from about two.

There is one bar at the front entrance, the W5 science museum, and the multi-screen cinema.

The splendid IMAX theatre was closed down many years ago and appears to be in moth-balls.

What a shame!

Still, I did enjoy The Green Book, a really lovely film about Dr Don Shirley, an eccentric black-American concert pianist and his journey to various American venues in the Deep South with his bodyguard/driver, Tony Lip, a gruff, no-nonsense Italian-American bloke.

Remarkably I counted a mere six couples in Screen Seven, a number that certainly doesn't reflect the excellence of the film.

If you get a chance, do and see it.

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Hillsborough Painting

Photo Credit ~ Historic Royal Palaces

Art UK is a marvellous resource.

I was searching for a painting recently and came across Hillsborough Guard with a Horse.

The artist is unknown.

In the background we can see the spire of the parish church and Hillsborough Fort.

The 210 foot spire of St Malachy's was built in 1773.

Mayoral Robe

Belfast is one of the few cities in the United Kingdom where its Lord Mayor is styled "Right Honourable".

This rank was conferred upon the Lord Mayor of Belfast by GEORGE V in March, 1923.

The prefix usually indicates that a person is a privy counsellor; though in the case of lord mayors of London, Belfast, Cardiff, York etc it indicates their rank as a baron. Photo Credit: Belfast City Hall

Alderman Jim Rodgers OBE (above) was Lord Mayor, 2001-2 and 2007-8.

The mayoral robe is probably made of black silk damask, trimmed with gold lace.

The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Lord Chancellor, 2015-16

The Lord Chancellor wears similar attire on ceremonial and state occasions.

A white lace jabot and white lace cuffs can also be worn.

Pictured above is the Rt Hon Sir William George Turner (a privy counsellor), Lord Mayor of Belfast, 1924-28, accompanying HRH Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood.

First published in July, 2016.

Friday, 8 February 2019

Kilbroney Lodge

WILLIAM RAINEY (d 1606), of Ayrshire, settled in County Antrim, and was father of

JOHN RAINEY (1600-88), of Killybegs, County Antrim, who left three sons and two daughters,
WILLIAM, of whom presently;
Robert, of Killybegs;
Hugh, of Magherafelt;
Elizabeth; Mary.
The eldest son,

WILLIAM RAINEY (1640-1720), of Belfast, wedded a daughter of _____ McCormick, and left four sons and four daughters,
John, of Belfast;
WILLIAM, of whom hereafter;
Robert, of Newry;
Daniel (Rev), minister of the church at Amsterdam;
Jane; Mary, Anne; Grizzel.
The second son,

WILLIAM RAINEY, of Belfast, espoused Katherine, daughter of _____ Shaw, by Elizabeth, daughter of James Maxwell, and sister and co-heir of Arthur Maxwell, of Drumbeg, County Down, and had four sons and a daughter,
Arthur Rainey MAXWELL, of Castle Hill, Co Down;
JOHN, of whom we treat;
The second son,

JOHN RAINEY, of Greenville, County Down, married Mary, daughter of Surgeon William Hamilton, of Dublin, and had an only son and two daughters,
WILLIAM, his heir;
Frances; Elizabeth.
The only son,

WILLIAM RAINEY (c1745-1803), of Greenville, wedded firstly, Henrietta Maria, daughter of the Rev James Hutchinson, by whom he had five sons and two daughters,
WILLIAM HENRY, of whom we treat;
Martha; Mary.
He married secondly, Mary Anne Boyd, and had a son, Boyd, and a daughter, Elizabeth.

The second son, 

WILLIAM HENRY RAINEY JP (1780-1830), of Mount Panther, County Down, Major, 4th Bengal Cavalry, East India Company, espoused Margaret, daughter of Robert Macan, of County Armagh, and had issue,
Elizabeth Matilda, m R L Ogilby of Ardnargle.
The only son,

MAJOR-GENERAL ARTHUR JACOB MACAN RAINEY (1826-1906), wedded Caroline Susannah, eldest daughter of the Rev William Robinson, Rector of Bovagh, County Londonderry, and sister and co-heir of Henry Jeffery Robinson, of Portrush, County Antrim, and had issue,
William John, died in infancy;
Francis Edward;
Edward Flower;
Caroline Susanna; Esther Sophia.
The eldest surviving son,

ROBERT MAXIMILIAN RAINEY-ROBINSON CB CMG (1861-1932), Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding, 62nd Punjabis, Indian Staff Corps, assumed the arms and surname of ROBINSON in 1897.

He wedded, in 1903, Alice Frances, eldest daughter of Arthur Hidding Hildebrand CIE.

The Rainey Mausoleum is at Knockbreda parish graveyard, County Down.


THE VERY REV WILLIAM FRIEND (1714-66), Dean of Canterbury, 1760, wedded, in 1739, Grace, youngest daughter of William Robinson, of Rokeby, Yorkshire, and sister of the Most Rev Richard Robinson, Lord Archbishop of Armagh, and had, with other issue, a son,

THE REV SIR JOHN ROBINSON, Baronet,  formerly Archdeacon of Armagh, who assumed the surname of ROBINSON in lieu of Friend, 1793, and was created a baronet in 1819.

Sir John had, with other issue,


THE LODGE, Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor, County Down, is said to have built by Robert Ross.

The Lodge was situated on a rise overlooking the lower meadow.

Kilbroney Lodge was razed to the ground by the local council when they acquired the forest park.

First published in February, 2013.

Palace Barracks, Holywood

PALACE BARRACKS, Holywood, County Down, was constructed between 1894 and 1898 by various contractors and was probably designed by the War Office Architects department, London.

The officers' mess bears the date 1899.

The building was reputedly completed in two phases: the contractors for Phase One being Lowry of Belfast, and for Phase Two, Campbell, also of Belfast.

From the mid-1880s, the Army established the Kinnegar camp at Holywood, County Down, as a training ground for regiments stationed in Belfast.

The camp could accommodate more than 400 personnel under canvas.

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The Bishop's Palace in Holywood, Ardtullagh, formerly the official residence of the Lord Bishop of Down, Connor and Dromore, fell vacant on the succession of Bishop Reeves in 1886, who resided at Dunmurry.

Attempts were made to sell the Palace and grounds but these proved fruitless until, in 1890, an offer of £1,000 from the War Office was accepted.

By 1891 the palace and grounds were being used for training by the Royal Irish Rifles.

In 1893, work began on officers' quarters; and in 1894, the construction of barracks.

The barracks were almost completed in 1896 and the old palace had been demolished.

Four blocks which comprised accommodation for the men were already finished.

The Belfast Newsletter described the scheme, which was pioneering in its day,
In all there will be nine blocks, constructed to quarter one regiment of infantry. Each block will afford accommodation for 84 men and two unmarried sergeants. A recreation establishment of the newest type is in course of construction which will contain lecture-room, coffee-room, billiards-room, and a canteen, with separate accommodation for corporals.
The usual cook-houses, baths, and workshops, which appear to be very numerous, are in the course of erection. A sergeants' mess establishment and guardhouses are being erected near the site of the central lodge of the old palace. The commanding officer's quarters is a separate building and is situated at the south-west angle of the grounds.
The officers' quarters will accommodate twenty-seven officers, with mess establishment ... a hospital is almost completed, with a medical officer's residence adjoining, which is the first time in this part of the country that accommodation for a medical staff has been constructed in conjunction with a military hospital.
There is also in course of construction quartermaster's and warrant officers' quarters and there will also be erected several blocks of buildings for the accommodation of married men. These houses will be erected at the north end of the park, along the side of the road known locally as Jackson's Road.
The buildings are lighted throughout with gas, supplied by the Holywood Gas Company Limited. The water is supplied by the Belfast Water Commissioners. The sanitary arrangements are perfect. Nothing has been left undone for the comfort and health of the men, who seem well pleased with their new quarters".
The records of a parliamentary debate in 1907, in which improving the accommodation at Holywood barracks was discussed, noted that,
"There is much more difficulty in recruiting in Ireland than in any other part of the UK and therefore it is important to make the barracks in Ireland as attractive as possible".
Palace Barracks has been the regimental headquarters of the Royal Irish Regiment since 2008 and the home base of several squadrons of the 152 (Ulster) Transport Regiment (Volunteers).

Since 2014 it has been the base for the Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

First published in January, 2015.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Princess Anne Visit

The Princess Royal this morning opened Foyle College's Springham Campus, 67 Limavady Road, Londonderry, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of the County Borough of Londonderry (Dr Angela Garvey).

Her Royal Highness, Fourth Warden, the Fishmongers' Company, this afternoon visited Ballykelly Primary School, 8 Glenhead Road, Ballykelly, and was received by Mrs Stella Burnside OBE DL (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of County Londonderry).

The Princess Royal afterwards visited the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs' Ballykelly House, 111 Ballykelly Road, Ballykelly, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of County Londonderry (Mrs Alison Millar).

Her Royal Highness later opened the renovated Coleraine Library, Queen's Street, Coleraine, County Londonderry.

The Cullintraw Acquisition


PROPERTY: Cullintraw, Ballydrain, County Down

DATE: 1994

EXTENT: 13.91 acres

DONOR: Joan Morrow

This site is a field adjacent to the northern shores of Strangford Lough.

Photo Credit: Craig McCoy

The soil is relatively low in nutrients and there are some interesting damp flushes throughout the field, so there is great potential for increasing its biodiversity value.

The National Trust's goal is to increase the numbers of wild flowers in the grassland and hope that it might attract some breeding waders in the summer.

It is felt, however, that there are too many rushes, and the Trust been trying to reduce the amount of this plant.

Click on image to enlarge

Several years ago the field was grazed with traditional breeds of livestock such as Dexter and Galloway cattle, and Konik ponies.

These tough animals thrive on rough ground like this and their grazing helps to improve the species composition of the grassland.

They will even nibble at the rushes when they are young and tender and they have been doing a great job at reducing them.
First published in January, 2015.

Field-Marshal Sir John Dill

DAVID DILL, son of John Dill, of Tullynadall, County Donegal, born in 1640, married, in 1665, Catherine Sheridan, and had issue,
FRANCIS, of whom we treat.
The youngest son,

FRANCIS DILL, of Aughadreena, County Donegal, born in 1675, wedded, in 1720, Catherine Anderson, and had issue,
JOHN, of whom hereafter;
The elder son,

JOHN DILL (1726-1804), of Springfield, County Donegal, espoused, in 1764, Susan, daughter of Richard McClure, and had issue,
Richard (Rev);
Samuel (Rev);
JOHN, of whom we treat;
Margery; Mary.
The fourth son,

JOHN DILL, of Oakbank, Ramelton, County Donegal, born in 1774, married Anna Scott, and had issue,
JOHN, of whom we treat;
Anna; Susanna.
The younger son,

THE REV JOHN DILL, Minister of Carnmoney, County Antrim, wedded, in 1828, Elizabeth, daughter of the Rev Samuel Dill, and had issue,
John Alexander Scott;
Samuel Richard;
JOHN, of whom hereafter;
Hessy Nesbitt.
The Rev John Dill died in 1841. His third son,

JOHN DILL (1841-94), of 6, College Gardens, Belfast, Manager in the Ulster Bank, married, in 1876, Jane, daughter of John Waite Greer, and had issue,
Nicholina Frances.
7 College Gardens, Belfast, in 2017

6, College Gardens was demolished in the 1970s and the Queen's University Common Room (now Deane's at Queen's restaurant) was built in its place.

Mr John Dill's only son,

FIELD-MARSHAL SIR JOHN GREER DILL GCB CMG DSO (1881-1944), Chief of the Imperial General Staff, 1940-41, wedded firstly, in 1907, Ada Maude, daughter of Colonel William Albert Le Mottée, and had issue, an only child,
He married secondly, in 1941, Nancy Isabelle Cecil, daughter of Henry Charrington.

Sir John's only son,

COLONEL JOHN de GUERIN DILL MBE (1916-71), Royal Horse Artillery, wedded, in 1942, Heather Avice Fenton, daughter of Harold Arthur Falkner, and had issue,
John Peregrine, b 1946;
Felicia Rosanne; Priscilla Avice Bettina.
First published in February, 2017.