Thursday, 20 May 2021

The Henry Baronets


THE RT HON SIR DENIS STANISLAUS HENRY, 1st Baronet (1864-1925), KBE, was born at Draperstown, County Londonderry, the son of James Henry, a prosperous businessman.
  • Londonderry MP 1916-21
  • Solicitor-General for Ireland 1918-19
  • Attorney-General for Ireland 1919-21
  • Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland 1921-25
  • Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE)
He married, in 1910, Violet, daughter of the Rt Hon Hugh Holmes, Lord Justice of Appeal in Ireland, and had issue,
JAMES HOLMES, of whom hereafter;
Denis Valentine, father of the 3rd Baronet;
Denise Olive; Alice Ellen; Lorna Mary.
Sir Denis was created a baronet in 1923, designated of Cahore, County Londonderry.

His eldest son,

SIR JAMES HOLMES HENRY, 2nd Baronet (1911-97), CMG MC TD, wedded firstly, in 1941, Susan Mary, daughter of Arthur Blackwell; and secondly, in 1949, Christina Hilary, daughter of Sir Hugh Oliver Holmes KBE CMG MC QC.
Sir James also followed a distinguished legal career as a barrister, legal draftsman, Solicitor-General and Attorney-General of Cyprus; and military service during the 2nd World War. He lived at Hampton-on-Thames, Middlesex.
Dying in 1997, he left issue, four daughters, viz.
Teresa Violet;
Christina Mary;
Sarah Rose;
Rosemary Jane.
Sir Denis died without male issue, and the title reverted upon his cousin,

SIR PATRICK DENIS HENRY, 3rd Baronet (b 1957), who lives near Leeds.

The Rath

THE RATH, 2 High Street, Draperstown, County Londonderry, dates back to Plantation times. 

It was built by the Worshipful Company of Drapers, which was granted lands at the parish of Ballinascreen.

The Rath was formerly the residence of Sir Denis.

It also served as sometime parochial house for Draperstown.

As well as the main residence, The Rath also includes the coachman’s cottage to the rear, which served as the servants' quarters for the house.

Former Belfast residence ~ 49 Wellington Park.

First published in July, 2010.


Mad Mandy Moans said...

You are the font of all knowledge Tim. I love Plum and you are quite right about his command of the English language. He wrote lyrics as well as plays, short stories and prose. He is on my wish list of people to have at a dinner party (if you could wave a wand).

Teresa Stokes said...

Sir James Holmes Henry and his wife Christine Hilary Holmes were first cousins. He didn’t actually “leave” four daughters when he died: one of them, Sarah Rose, had died in 1953, at three days old which must have been very sad.