Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Edenfel House


THOMAS BUCHANAN, of Carbeth, son of Thomas Buchanan (by Isabel, daughter of Murdoch Stuart, Duke of Albany), third son of Sir Walter de Buchanan, 13th laird of Buchanan, married his cousin, a daughter of Buchanan of that ilk, and had issue,

JOHN BUCHANAN (1545-1619), of Gartincaber, parish of Buchanan, Stirlingshire, who wedded and was father of

GEORGE BUCHANAN (1578-1660), of Gartincaber, who married Elizabeth, daughter of Walter Leckie, of Dishcour, and had issue,
JOHN, of whom presently;
George (descendants in America);
Thomas, of Gartincaber.
The eldest son,

JOHN BUCHANAN, born in 1615, for whom his father purchased the lands of Blairlusk, Dunbartonshire, espoused his cousin Jean, and had issue,

GEORGE BUCHANAN, of Blairlusk, who sold Blairlusk, 1674, to his brother William, and settled near Omagh, County Tyrone.

He married Elizabeth Mayne, and had issue,

JOHN BUCHANAN, born in 1676, who wedded, in 1703, Catherine Black, and had issue four sons, of whom,
JOHN, his heir;
Thomas, ancestor of JAMES BUCHANAN, 15th President of the USA.
The son and heir,

JOHN BUCHANAN, born in 1704, espoused firstly, in 1735, Jane Nixon, and had issue,

JOHN BUCHANAN (1736-1820), who married firstly, Maria, daughter of Captain Long, which lady dsp; and secondly, in 1771, Sarah, daughter of Oliver Sproule, and had issue (with several daughters),
James, HM Consul-General in America;
JOHN, of whom presently;
The second son,

JOHN BUCHANAN (1779-1842), of Omagh, County Tyrone, who purchased Lisnamallard from Sir Hugh Stewart Bt in 1828, wedded, in 1820, Mary Jane, daughter of James Blacker, a divisional magistrate of Dublin, and had issue,
Alexander Carlisle;
LEWIS MANSERGH, of whom hereafter;
Jane Elizabeth; Sarah Caroline; Elizabeth Eleanor.
The seventh son,

LEWIS MANSERGH BUCHANAN CB (1836-1908), of Edenfel and Lisnamallard, Honorary Colonel, Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding, 4th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (former officer of 88th Connaught Rangers, in which regiment he served throughout the Indian Mutiny), wedded firstly, in 1862, Eleanor Margaret, daughter of William Whitla, of Lisburn; and secondly, in 1878, Wilhelmina, daughter of George Molony, and had issue,
JOHN BLACKER, his heir;
Lewis Ernest;
Mansergh George Reginald;
Calvert James Stronge;
Ethel Elizabeth; Mary Jane Eleanor; Alice Lilian; Eleanora Agnes.
He espoused secondly, in 1878, Wilhelmina, daughter of George Molony.

Colonel Buchanan's eldest son,

JOHN BLACKER BUCHANAN (1863-1933), of Edenfel, Lieutenant-Colonel, Royal Army Medical Corps, married in 1894, Mary, eldest daughter of the Rev A Harland, of Harefield, Middlesex, and had issue,
Helena Margaret and
Evaleen Mary, twins born 1898;
Mary Elizabeth, born 1905.

EDENFEL HOUSE, near Omagh, County Tyrone, is a large,Victorian, multi-gabled, two-storey, four-by-two bay villa on an ‘L’ plan.

The west elevation has a three-bay range with two gabled breakfronts.

There is a central two-storey porch with pointed-arch doorway.

The main gable has a slim, projecting, two-storey window bay.

A rectangular gabled wing is to the south.

The north elevation has a chamfered bay window below a tripartite rectangular window, and a small lancet with  two-bay wing towards the east.

The slate roof is pitched; and there are decorative barge-boards.

Edenfel was built in 1862 for Colonel L M Buchanan to designs by Boyd & Batt.


Edenfel is on the outskirts of Omagh, not far from Crevenagh to the north-west.

The original gardens had fallen into disrepair, though the grounds are thickly planted with surviving trees.

Shelter renewal planting has taken place since 1972 and augmented with the assistance of a government grant in the early 1990s.

A terraced ornamental garden, adjacent to the house, is partly walled and retains the box-edged beds.

First published in February, 2015.

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