Saturday, 11 September 2021

Ulster Peers' London Homes

Few hereditary peers whose ancestral seats are in Northern Ireland maintain London homes nowadays.

A hundred years ago, though, most, if not all, did (with the exception of the peers of Ireland).

I have compiled a list of peers with Ulster connections and their London addresses in 1911 and, in a few cases, 1860:-

The Duke of Abercorn: pre-1869, Chesterfield House, South Audley Street; from 1869-1915, Hampden House, Green Street; 68 Mount Street, Park Lane, 1939.

The Marquess of Downshire: Downshire House, 24 Belgrave Square (1860), later the town residence of Lord Pirrie.

The Marquess of Donegall: 22 Grosvenor Square (1860).

The Marquess of Londonderry: Londonderry House, Park Lane.

The Marquess of Dufferin and Ava: 75 Cadogan Square.

The Earl of Roden: No address found other than Tollymore Park, Bryansford, co Down.

The Earl of Clanwilliam: 36 Draycott Place.

The Earl of Antrim: No address other than The Castle, Glenarm, Co Antrim.

The Earl Annesley: 25 Norfolk Street, Park Lane (1860).

The Earl of Enniskillen: No address other than Florence Court, Co Fermanagh.

The Earl of Erne: 21 Knightsbridge.

The Earl of Belmore: 56 Eaton Place (1860).

The Earl Castle Stewart: No Address other than Stuart Hall, Stewartstown, Co Tyrone.

The Earl of Caledon: No Address other than the Castle, Caledon, Co Tyrone; Derg Lodge, Co Tyrone; Tyttenhanger, St Albans, Hertfordshire.

The Earl of Gosford: 22 Mansfield Street.

The Earl of Kilmorey: 5 Aldford Street, Park Lane.

The Earl of Ranfurly: 33 Lennox Gardens.

The Viscount Charlemont: ________

The Viscount Massereene and Ferrard: _________

The Viscount Bangor: _________

The Viscount Brookeborough: __________

The Viscount Craigavon: __________

The Lord de Ros: 22 Wellington Court, Knightsbridge.

The Lord O'Neill: ________

The Lord Dunleath: _________

The Lord Rathcavan: _________

The Lord Glentoran: _________

First published April, 2009.


Anonymous said...

Nice to have these peers' residences listed in once handy place. At first glance it suggests to me that, as a rule, only the older and grander families had places in London ie Abercorn, Londonderry, Erne.

It also indicates those families which had interests in London, whether they be political or social. Our sole duke, all our marquesses and half our earls had London houses probably due to Court and House of Lords business for all of them, and certainly for social purposes in the case of Londonderry; the balls at Londonderry House were legendary.

So would it be churlish to suggest that the others, such as Roden, Antrim and Enniskillen, spent much of their time in Ireland and had not much interest in London society?

Anonymous said...

Also, the 4th Marquess of Dufferin and Ava and his wife acquired a different London address, in Hans Crescent, Knightsbridge, which was sold after Maureen Lady Dufferin's death in 1998, while the present Lady Dufferin and her late husband were renowned for their fabulous parties in their Holland Park house in the 1960s.

Speaking of which, here is a link which I know you will enjoy:

Anonymous said...

Don't forget Lord Ballyedmond's London pad...

Anonymous said...

The current Earl of Roden has a rather grand London residence.

Demetrius said...

In the late 19th Century and early 20th the Antrim's had close family among the Whitbread and Grey families, they may well not have needed one of their own.