Tuesday, 14 September 2021

The McConnell Baronets


JOSEPH McCONNELL (1829-72), son of Robert McConnell, of Clogher, County Antrim, married, in 1851, Elizabeth, daughter of James McBride, and had an only son,

ROBERT JOHN McCONNELL JP DL (1853-1927), who married firstly, in 1874, Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Smiley, and had issue,
JOSEPH, his heir;
Alfred Edward;
Thomas Herbert;
William Clarke;
Charles John;
Sarah Elizabeth; Mary Elizabeth; Margaret; Ethel Muriel.
He wedded secondly, in 1897, Elsie, daughter of George Hewson.

Mr McConnell, Lord Mayor of Belfast, 1900, was created a baronet in the same year, designated of the Moat, Strandtown, Belfast.

Sir Robert McConnell, 1st Baronet.
Photo Credit: Belfast City Hall

Sir Robert was succeeded by his eldest son,

SIR JOSEPH McCONNELL, 2nd Baronet (1877-1942), DL, MP for County Antrim, 1929-42, who espoused, in 1900, Lisa, daughter of Jackson McGowan, and had issue,
Jackson Desmond;
Josephine Patricia.
Sir Joseph was succeeded by his elder son,

SIR ROBERT MELVILLE TERENCE McCONNELL, 3rd Baronet (1902-87), VRD, Commander RNVR, who married firstly, in 1928, Rosamond Mary Elizabeth, daughter of James Stewart Reade, and had issue,
ROBERT SHEAN, his successor;
(James) Angus (1933-2018);
(William) Donn, b 1938;
Elizabeth Moyne , b 1935.
He wedded secondly, in 1967, Alice Ann Mary, daughter of Robert Graham Glendinning.

Sir Robert was succeeded by his eldest son,

(ROBERT) SHEAN McCONNELL, 4th Baronet (1930-), of London, who does not use the title.

The presumptive heir apparent is the present holder's nephew, Terence Reade McConnell (eldest son of Angus McConnell).

THE MOAT, Old Holywood Road, Belfast, was designed in 1862 by the architect W J Barre for Thomas Valentine JP (below), a well-known Belfast linen merchant:
Thomas Valentine married Elizabeth Harriet Purdon, in 1852, in Belfast. His son,

George Frederick Valentine, was born in 1858 in County Antrim. His father was Thomas.

A List of Subscribers to the Historic Memorials, First Presbyterian Church of Belfast, published in 1887, lists Thos. VALENTINE, J.P. at The Moat, Strandtown, and William VALENTINE, J.P. at Glenavna, Whiteabbey.

The Moat was leased by John L Bell in 1863 from Sir Thomas McClure Bt.

St Mark's Church Dundela lists Thomas Valentine as a church warden in 1879 and 1881.

Thomas Valentine died in 1898.
Thomas Valentine JP

It has a full height bay window and an entrance portico.

The Moat was converted into apartments in 1938 and restored in 2008.

In 1907, The Moat was purchased from Sir Robert McConnell, 1st Baronet, by Frank Workman, of Workman Shipbuilders, who lived at The Moat until his death.

Sir Robert's estate comprised 421 acres of land in 1876.

First published in May, 2009.


Anonymous said...

It occurs to me that Otto Jaffe didn't receive a baronetcy, despite serving two terms as Lord Mayor. Quite sad really.


Anonymous said...

I would suggest that baronetages should be reserved for the wealthy who -
* have contributed to a great extent to employment;
* have made a great contribution to exports;
* have made a great and positive impact on civil society (in an unpaid capacity).
This would be an encouragement for wealthy people to get involved with society - eg become Lord Mayors, MPs - and put something back. It would be an encouragement for the brightest people to set up businesses that create wealth - ie not property developers and the like. We do not laud highly enough people who - like the Gustav Wolffs and the linen barons - created the wealth we enjoy today. It would exclude 'career politicians' who have done nothing else for the wider world, and the myriad celebrity musicians and TV personalities which our society seems to worship! The likes of James Dyson and the late Allen McClay spring to mind.

Sandy said...

Agree with anonymous 11.41.
Let it be so....