Thursday, 22 April 2021

Wilson of Currygrane


JOHN WILSON, of Rashee, County Antrim, is supposed to have landed at Carrickfergus in the suite of WILLIAM III.

He married Barbara, daughter of Andrew Porter, and had issue,
Francis, of Rashee;
HUGH, of whom we treat;
Janet; Susan.
Mr Wilson died in 1692.

His second son,

HUGH WILSON, of Rashee, wedded firstly, Jane Ramsay, and had issue,
WILLIAM, of whom presently;
John, of Derry;
Barbara; Jane; Susan.
He espoused secondly, Jane White.

Mr Wilson, whose will was dated 1737, was succeeded by his eldest son,

WILLIAM WILSON (d 1822), of Rashee, who married, in 1773, Jane Craig, and had issue, an only child,

WILLIAM WILSON (b 1787), of Daramona, County Westmeath, and Larkhill, County Dublin, who wedded, in 1815, Rebecca Dupré, daughter of John Mackay, of Elagh, County Tyrone, and Prospect, County Londonderry, and had issue,
John, of Daramona;
Robert Mackay, of Coolcarrigan;
George Orr, of Dunardagh;
JAMES, of whom we treat;
The fourth son,

JAMES WILSON JP DL (1832-1907), of Currygrane, County Longford, High Sheriff of County Longford, 1864, espoused, in 1861, Constant Grace Martha, eldest daughter of James Freeman Hughes, of The Grove, Stillorgan, County Dublin, and had issue,
James Mackay, JP DL, of Currygrane;
HENRY HUGHES, of whom we treat;
Arthur John de Courcy;
Cecil William;
Florence Grace; Ada Dupré Martha; Eileen Geraldine Edith.
Mr Wilson's second son,

Memorial to Sir Henry in Winchester Cathedral

FIELD-MARSHAL SIR HENRY HUGHES WILSON, 1st Baronet (1864-1922), GCB DSO, MP for North Down, 1922; assassinated by the IRA, 1922.

Wilson's childhood home, Currygrane, near Edgeworthstown, County Longford, was burnt to the ground by the IRA in 1922.

Field-Marshal Sir Henry Wilson, Bt, GCB DSO
(Image: National Portrait Gallery)

I've only seen one image of the ivy-covered house myself.


Brian Curragh said...

Tim, there’s a photo of the house from the Illustrated London News (1st July 1922) - have you seen that? I have a copy but can’t seem to post here.

Ronan McGreevy said...

Hi Lord Belmont,
My name is Ronan McGreevy.
I am writing a book about the assassination of Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson and would like your help with any family detail you can provide.
Dr Eileen Quinn in Longford has provided an excellent resume of the family history.

Timothy Belmont said...

Brian, many thanks for that. I've included it in the article.

Ronan, many thanks for that. If I discover anything I'll contact you. Tim.