Monday, 4 October 2021

The Harland Baronetcy

 (1831-95), son of Dr William Harland and his wife Anne, was born at Newborough, Scarborough, North Yorkshire.
Dr William Harland, MD (1787-1866), was thrice Mayor of Scarborough and a successful physician, with his own medicinal baths at the bottom of Vernon Place in the town. His mother, Anne Pierson, was a talented artist who helped her husband with his engineering drawings.
In 1846, aged 15,  he took an apprenticeship at the engineering works of Robert Stephenson and CompanyNewcastle-upon-Tyne.

Afterwards he was employed in Glasgow and again in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, before moving to Belfast in 1854 to manage Robert Hickson's shipyard at Queen's Island.

Four years later Mr Harland bought the yard and renamed the business Edward James Harland & Company.

In 1861, he formed a business partnership with Gustav Wilhelm Wolff, his former personal assistant, creating Harland & Wolff.

Later, Harland recruited William James Pirrie (afterwards 1st Viscount Pirrie) as another partner.

Messrs Harland, Wolff and Pirrie ran a successful business, receiving regular orders from the White Star Line, before Harland's retirement in 1889, leaving Wolff and Pirrie to manage the shipyard.

Sir Edward Harland, Baronet (Image: Belfast City Hall)

Harland also served as a Belfast Harbour Commissioner.

In 1885, he was granted a knighthood and a baronetcy:
LONDON GAZETTE, Friday, July 24, 1885:-


THE QUEEN has been pleased to direct Letters Patent to be passed under the Great Seal granting the dignity of a Baronet of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland unto Edward James Harland, of Ormiston, in the parish of Holywood, in the county of Down, and of Brompton, in the North Riding of the county of York, Esq., mayor of the borough of Belfast.
Sir Edward served the office of Mayor of Belfast, 1885-86.

The Harlands' Belfast residence was for a period ORMISTON HOUSE.

He later moved to London and served as North Belfast MP until his death on Christmas Eve, 1895, at his Irish home, GLENFARNE HALL in County Leitrim.

Harland left no heir to his baronetcy, which expired on his death in 1895.

There is a statue of Sir Edward in the grounds of Belfast City Hall.

First published in September, 2010.

1 comment :

Demetrius said...

We lived in Scarborough in the 60's. It pains me to say that our dentist was on Vernon Place.