Thursday, 15 July 2021

The Clark Baronets

This family originally came from Dykebar in Renfrewshire.

JAMES CLARK (1747-1829), of Paisley, Renfrewshire, son of William Clark and Agnes Bryson, wedded, in 1768, Margaret, daughter of Andrew Campbell, and had issue (with seven daughters),
JAMES, his heir;
John, father of
STEWART CLARK MP, grandfather of Edith Lady Dixon.
His occupation was thread manufacturer.
This James started out in business as a heddle harness, heddle twine and lash twine manufacturer. He started making cotton thread in 1813 and, together with his son James (1782-1865), built a mill at Seedhill, Paisley, Renfrewshire.

This mill was acquired in 1819 by his sons James and John, who formed J & J Clark, thread manufacturers, Paisley, Renfrewshire. Their father continued to run a separate business at Cotton Street and Thread Street, Paisley and died in 1829.
The younger son, 

JAMES CLARK (1782-1865), of Chapel House, Paisley (below), married Agnes, daughter of James McFarlane, in 1830.

The eldest son,

JAMES CLARK (1831-1910), of Chapel House, married firstly, in 1858, Jane, daughter of George Smith; and secondly, in 1871, Katherine, daughter of Major-General George King.

Mr Clark, a partner in J & J Clark, thread manufacturers, was Provost of Paisley, 1882-85, was succeeded by his second son,

GEORGE SMITH CLARK DL (1861-1935), shipbuilder and politician, who wedded, in 1881, Frances Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Matier, of Dunlambert, Belfast, and had issue,
GEORGE ERNEST, his successor;
Henry Douglas.
Mr Clark was created a baronet in 1917, designated of Dunlambert, Belfast.

Sir George was succeeded by his elder son,

SIR GEORGE ERNEST CLARK, 2nd Baronet (1882-1950), DL, High Sheriff of County Down, 1940-1, who married, in 1910, Norah Ann, daughter of W G Wilson, and had issue,
GEORGE ANTHONY, his successor;
COLIN DOUGLAS, 4th Baronet;
Peter Aubrey;
Beatrice Norah.
Sir George was succeeded by his eldest son,

SIR GEORGE ANTHONY CLARK, 3rd Baronet (1914-91), DL, of Tullygirvan House, near Ballygowan, County Down, MP for Belfast Dock, 1938-45, High Sheriff of County Antrim, 1954, who wedded, in 1949, Nancy Catherine, daughter of George Wallis Newport Clark, and had issue an only daughter,
Elizabeth Frances Catherine.
Sir George Clark Bt

Sir George died without male issue, when the baronetcy devolved upon his brother,

SIR COLIN DOUGLAS CLARK, 4th Baronet (1918-95), MC, Major, Royal Engineers, Managing director, G Heyn & Sons, Ulster Steamship Company, etc, who wedded, in 1946, Margaret Coleman, daughter of Major-General Sir Charlton Watson Spinks, and had issue,
JONATHAN GEORGE, his successor;
Sarah Louise; Gillian Margaret Anne.
Sir Colin was succeeded by his eldest son,

SIR JONATHAN GEORGE CLARK, 5th Baronet (1947-), of Somerset House, Threapwood, Malpas, Cheshire, Captain, Royal Green Jackets, 1966, Managing Director, Paragon Homes, 1992, who married, in 1971, Susan Joy, daughter of Brigadier Thomas Ian Gordon Gray, and has issue,
Polly Caroline; Tessa Louise.

DUNLAMBERT HOUSE, a large Victorian villa near Fortwilliam, Belfast, was built ca 1872 for Sir George's father-in-law, the linen manufacturer Henry Matier (1822-91).

Dunlambert was Italianate in style, of sandstone.

The architect was James Hamilton, of Glasgow.

The house and lodge were swept away in 1955 for Dunlambert Secondary School.

Dunlambert House (Image: PicClick UK)

Dunlambert House was located off Fortwilliam Park (remains of the grand entrances built by George Langry, who owned the estate in the early 1800s, remain).

A picture from the Lawrence Collection provides an indication of the dwellings within the park, including the Clarks' gate lodge and drive (above).

Dunlambert features in J A K Dean's Plight of the Big House in Northern Ireland.

First published in July, 2010.


Anonymous said...

Sir George had a pack of beagles at his house near Ballyknockan well into the 1980s, maybe even 1990s. Nice place.

Anonymous said...

Fascinating photograph of Fortwilliam Park.


Epona said...

My grandparents lived in the gatehouse. Depending when the picture was taken, those two young lads by the gatehouse might be my uncle’s.