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McClintock of Kilwarlin, County Down & Glendaragh, County Antrim

Major Stanley McClintock (1812-1898), JP


Major H. Stanley McClintock by Richard Dighton.

H. S. McClintock by Yates. Courtesy of Andrew McClintock.

When he died in 1898, the Northern Whig described Major H.S. McClintock as ‘one of the best-known gentlemen in North-East Ulster.’ [1]

Henry Stanley McClintock was born on 27 March 1812, the fourth son of John ‘Old Turnip’ McClintock of Drumcar, County Louth, by his second marriage to Lady Elizabeth McClintock.

He was educated at Woolwich and served for a time as a lieutenant in the Royal Artillery as a young man in the 1830s.

In 1839, he married his first cousin Gertrude La Touche, only daughter of Robert La Touche (1773–1844), MP, of Harristown and his wife Lady Emily (née Le Poer Trench). During the 1798 Rebellion, Robert La Touche had commanded a troop of yeomanry under General Dundas. It was Robert who purchased the Sarsfield estates in Lucan and commissioned Francis Johnston to build a new mansion of St Catharine’s Lodge on the banks of the Liffey. The three-storey mansion was destroyed by fire less than ten years later and never rebuilt.

Stanley McClintock, with thanks to Karen Ievers.

Lady Emily La Touche, Gertrude’s mother, was one of the 1st Earl of Clancarty’s nine daughters. Lady Elizabeth de la Poer Trench, Lady Emily’s sister, was an aunt of both Gertrude and Stanley through her marriage to John ‘Old Turnip’ McClintock. (John McClintock was father of the 1st Baron Rathdonnell and of William McClintock Bunbury who built Lisnavagh House in County Carlow).

Robert La Touche died in 1844 and Gertrude’s brother John La Touche (1814-1904) succeeded to Harristown. Tragedy struck the following year when John was paralysed by a horse fall and his younger brother Robert was killed in a stand [?] at the Curragh. Nonetheless, the La Touche family would remain deeply connected to the Kildare Hunt throughout this time through Gertrude’s surviving brother William.

In the late 1840s, Major McClintock was living at Newberry (formerly Carnalway House) at Brannockstown, outside Kilcullen, County Kildare. From here he bred Berkshire pigs. One such pig, pigged in February 1847, scooped the first prize, valued at four sovereigns, at the Royal Agricultural Society of Ireland’s show in August 1849 for ‘the best breeding sow of the large breed.’ He won another first prize (and another 3 sovereigns) at the same event for ‘the best lot of pigs of the same litter, not more than three months old’.


Major Stanley McClintock, half-brother to Captain McClintock Bunbury, evidently had some fun with the name of this prize Berkshire sow, Lady Bunbury, a sow, which he imported into Ireland. This image was in one of Major McClintock’s scrapbooks. A breeding sow pigged at his home in County Kildare in 1847 scooped first prize at the Royal Agricultural Society of Ireland Show in 1849. (Courtesy of Andrew McClintock.)


Arthur McClintock of Rathvinden, County Carlow, succeeded his uncle Stanley McClintock as manager of the Downshire estate in 1891, retaining the office until 1902. See here for more.

Major McClintock of Randalstown

The McClintocks lived in Randalstown, County Antrim, from 1851 to 1869, during which time Major Stanley McClintock was land agent to Lord O’Neill of Shane’s Castle, Randalstown, County Antrim.

Stanley was a co-founder of the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society which first met at Hillsborough on 21 September 1854 under the presidency of the Marquis of Downshire. It was initially called the North-East Agricultural Association of Ireland and embraced Counties Down, Antrim, Armagh and Monaghan. [2]

With his Royal Horse Artillery experience, Stanley was appointed a major of the Antrim Militia Artillery, the first regiment of artillery in the United Kingdom, when it was founded on 15 November 1854 with its initial headquarters at Carrickfergus Castle. He was second-in-command to John Skeffington, 10th Viscount Masserene and Ferrard. As such, he may have served in both the Crimean War and the “Indian Mutiny”, as it was called. He was generally known as the “Old Colonel” though the War Office did not recognise this honorary rank. The Antrim Artillery was able to train with the guns from Carrickfergus Castle but, like most militia units, the corps had limited resources. Major H. S. McClintock complained the ‘guns were so old and so bad that they were not fit to exercise the men with’. [3] Further details of the reserve follow below.[4] By 1901, the Antrim Artillery was the largest militia artillery unit in Ireland, with 739 men enrolled (from an establishment of 980) in 1901.

Gertrude died at Randalstown on 22 March 1864.

Lady Elizabeth McClintock, née Le Poer Trench, Stanley’s mother was a daughter of the Earl of Clancarty.

John ‘Old Turnip’ McClintock, Stanley’s father, was also father of the 1st Lord Rathdonnell and Captain William
McClintock Bunbury, as well as eight other children.

In May 1867, Stanley McClintock left Randalstown to become land agent to the Marquess of Downshire‘s estate at Hillsborough, County Down, a position he retained until 1891 when succeeded by his nephew, Arthur McClintock of Rathvinden. The Downshires were involved with John McClitnock’s elevation to the peerage as Baron Rathdonnell in 1868. (Arthur managed

Hillsborough was one of the most important agencies in Ireland, also boasting one of the finest shoots on the island. Stanley’s tenure coincided with the death of the 1st Baron Rathdonnell in 1879 and the Land Wars of the late 1870s and 1880s.

Kathy Trant relates an event in her book ‘The Blessington Estate, 1667- 1908’, which I haven’t transcribed properly yet. In a nutshell, Mr Wynn, a senior Downshire official, arrived from England in early December 1881 to assess the situation and to report back to the chief trustee, Viscount Bridport, 4th Duke of Bronte, a descendent of Admiral Nelson’s family. Major McClintock and William Owen, another agent for the Blessington estate, were summoned to Dublin to discuss the problem. ‘They opted to take a hard line and make no concession to the tenants,’ writes Kathy. ‘Major McClintock thought that a concession would be a tactical mistake, as it would encourage the “tenants elsewhere to seek a similar reduction” … The Blessington tenants refused to back down.’

Major McClintock lived at Kilwarlin House, Hillsborough. It is said that his family disapproved of horse racing but Kilwarlin House had a flat roof from which the races could be ‘comfortably followed with field glasses.’

Colonel Bob McClintock recalled him as ‘a very fine looking and popular man with an inexhaustible fund of amusing stories.’ His obituary in the Northern Whig adds:

‘He was a justice of the peace for the County of Down, and was very regular in his attendance the Hillsborough Petty Seasons. The important position which occupied an agent of the Downshire estates earned him to be widely known. A few years ago he took a warm interest in the erection of the Mane Orange Hall, and was present with his family at the opening of the building, Miss M’Clintock performing the opening ceremony. It was in one of his fields Hillsborough that the Orangemen assembled some three yearn ago, and it was in the same field that a great Protestant demonstration was held at an earlier date. The late Major M‘Clintock was most liberal in his contributions to religions and philanthropic objects, and in this respect as well as others he will greatly missed. He held several important positions in connection with the Pariah Church of Hillsborough, and he was the right hand-man of the Rev. Canon Kernan.’ [5]

In 1895, Major H. S. McClintock launched his book `Random Stories, Chiefly Irish,’ published in Belfast by Marcus Ward & Company.  He also seems to be the key composer of a 4-inch thick green ‘Scrap Book’, now at Redhall, County Antrim, containing of all sorts of activities (1850-c. 1900) relating chiefly to Hillsborough and Randalstown, as well as Drumcar and Monasterboice, County Louth. There are thought to be copies in both the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the Linenhall Library in Belfast.

Major Stanley McClintock died at Kilwarlin on 9 September 1898 at the age of 86. He was the last surviving son of Bumper Jack and Lady Elizabeth’s six sons. The Northern Whig observed:

‘Major M’Clintock leaves to mourn his death three sons and two daughters—Mr. Fred. M’Clintock, London, formerly of the Home Office; Lieutenant-Colonel C. E. M’Clintock. J.P., Crumlin, agent to the Pakenham estate; and Rev. Canon M’Clintock, Rector of Drumcar, and chaplain-in-ordinary to his Grace the Archbishop of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland: and the Misses M’Clintock, who resided with their father at Kilwarlin House.’ [6]

The Scrap Album compiled by Major Stanley McClintock during the late 19th century suggests a tremendous creative and humorous streak, especially in terms of amateur theatricals and music, which the family both composed and performed, as well as some excellent drawings and artwork.
Particularly memorable are the beautifully illustrated envelopes received by the McClintocks of Randalstown. The Marquess of Downshire and his family, the Hills of Hillsborough Castle, play a prominent role, while the scrapbook compiler also had a soft spot for Admiral Nelson (as Duke of Bronte) and, quite rightly, the Gunning sisters.
(With thanks to Andrew McClintock)

The photo came from an album belonging to Lord George A. Hill of Ballyare, County Donegal, who married not one but two of Jane Austen’s nieces, Cass and Lou. Stanley was land agent to the Hill family (aka the Marquess of Downshire) and their estate at Hillsborough, County Down, in the time of the Land Wars. From 1891-1902, his cousin Arthur McClintock (1856-1929) had a twelve year spell as agent to the Downshire estate.
To add to the mix, Major Stanley McClintock’s oldest brother (or half-brother) John McClintock, 1st Lord Rathdonnell, was married to Anne Lefroy; it was to Anne’s father’s rectory in Hampshire that Tom Lefroy came to stay when he was allegedly a-courting Miss Austen!
Stanley was also a half-brother of the man who built Lisnavagh.
(Photo courtesy of Karen Ievers)

Gert McClintock (left) and Emily McClintock (right), the twin daughters of Major Stanley McClintock and his wife, Gertrude. In later life, they were reputedly the oldest twins in Ireland. These photos are from the album of Lord George A. Hill of Ballyare, County Donegal. (Photo courtesy of Karen Ievers)

The Children of Stanley and Gertrude McClintock

Major Stanley McClintock and his wife Gertrude had three sons and twin daughters, viz:

  1. Frederick Robert McClintock
  2. Col. Charles Edward McClintock(1844-1921), known as Charley.
  3. Very Francis George Le Poer McClintock, M.R.S.A.I. (1853-1924), known as Frank, Rector of Drumcar and Dean of Armagh. See here for more.
  4. Emily who died unmarried in September / October 1930. [7] See here for more.
  5. Gertrude (1846-1940), known as Gert, who died unmarried in 1942.[8] See here for more.

Further particulars about the first two sons follow below, while Frank, Emily and Gert are explored here:


Frederick McClintock


Frederick RobertMcClintock, known as Fred, was Stanley and Gertrude’s eldest son. He worked with the Home Office prior to 1898. On 1 February 1877, he married Lucy Antonia, youngest daughter of Sir Anthony Cleasby, Baron of the Exchequer, and granddaughter of George John of Penzance. The wedding took place at St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster. [9] According to Colonel Bob McClintock, he was ‘known as “Freddy the Fiddler” from his considerable musical attainments. He was in the London Civil Service and lived at Tite Street, Chelsea or near Brecon in the home of his attractive and accomplished wife.’ There was a travel writer knocking about in the 1880s by name of F. R. McClintock who could be the same man.

Lucy McClintock had addresses at Penoyre, Brecon, and 7 Ormonde Gate, Chelsea, S.W., when she died on 30 April 1939 aged 93 years. The Belfast Telegraph noted how she left property valued at over £21,321, much of which was distributed to worker’s homes and her own staff, as well as the church.[10]


Illustrated envelope by Charley McClintock to Augusta Lyster, c. 1861.

Lt.-Col. Charley McClintock (1844-1921)


Lt.-Col. Charley McClintock (1844-1921), circa 1895.

Charles Edward McClintock (1844 – 13 Feb 1921), Stanley and Gertrude’s second son, was born in Drumcar on 11 May 1844. Known as Charley, he was 25 years old when he was appointed land agent to the Pakenham Estate at Langford Lodge on the shores of Lough Neagh in County Antrim, in 1869. At this time, he moved to Glendaragh House in nearby Crumlin, overlooking the lough and Ram’s Island. He enlarged the existing cottage-style house, built in around 1805 by Lt. Col. Langford Heyland, and expanded the tree planting along the glen at the Crumlin River. On the cusp of bankruptcy, the Heylands had sold the property to the Rev. Arthur Pakenham sometime before 1857.

Charley leased Glendarragh off the Rev. Arthur Pakenham until 1896, when the lessee became Lieutenant General H. H. Pakenham. The McClintocks would sell their interest in 1923.

Charley later served with the 6th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, the old Louth Militia, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Indeed, he was known as “The Young Colonel”, in contrast to his father, “The Old Colonel”. He well known in Drogheda, when the Louths did their annual training there.

Bob McClintock recalled Charley as ‘a very fine figure of a man’ and, had he not been ‘handicapped by deafness and bad sight, he would probably have had a distinguished army career.’

In the Victorian Age, a charming craze for illustrated envelopes commenced when the public began to decorate their own envelopes with pen and ink illustrations and caricatures. David McClintock wrote an article about them for Country Life, published on 14 November 1963.

Robert Halls

Miniature on ivory from 1900 by Robert Halls

The late James Murray Rankin of Randalstown identified a series of twelve illustrated envelopes drawn by Charley between 1859 and 1863 and sent from Randalstown to Miss Augusta Lyster, youngest daughter of Robert Lyster, at various addresses in Brighton and London. Robert Lyster was born in Clones, County Monaghan. The artistic standard of Charlie’s envelope is considered very high standard; there was evidently a strong artistic streak in that side of the McClintock family. Charley McClintock’s brother Frederick also illustrated his envelopes. Mr Rankin also had a scrap book containing pen and ink drawings and sketches by Augusta`s elder sister, the ‘very talented’ Gertrude Lyster, who married Henry Leighton in 1864.

On 8 June 1867, Augusta Lyster was married at St Mary’s Church, Bryanston-square, London, to James Parlett Hornby Halls, a stockbroker. (Augusta’s sister Gertrude married Henry Leighton, a merchant, in London on 2 November 1864; they moved to Shanghai shortly after their marriage.) When Halls went bankrupt in 1895, the family moved to Essex.

James and Augusta’s son Robert James Halls (1873-1932) studied art at The Slade between 1889-90, painting on ivory, and later at the Royal Academy School. Robert became a successful artist and exhibited at the Royal Academy, mostly watercolour and oils miniatures on ivory. Robert James Halls was the first named beneficiary in the will of Jane ‘Jenny’ Patterson (1844-1924), George Bernard Shaw’s lover between 1885-1893. He inherited her books and artwork, including works by Robert Anning Bell. Jenny, whose family resided in Newry, County Down, close to Stanley McClintock’s sometime home, also had a home in Knightsbridge, close to the Halls family. She also knew the Lyster family who had property in from both Brighton and Kensington, London. Jane’s will of 1921 does not state her connection to Robert James Halls; she may just have been a friend. Following her death in 1924, she left her properties in Newry to her friend Arabella Gilmore.[11]

C. E. McClintock was almost certainly the ‘Charlie’ McClintock referred to in an article called ‘Donegal and Antrim Link: O’Neill and Chichester’ by the Hon. Mrs. Fionn Morgan. [12] Mrs Morgan says her great-aunt Anne O’Neill(1848-1934), the daughter of the Rev. William Chichester O’Neill, wanted to marry Charley McClintock, ‘the land agent of a neighbouring estate,’ but that the Rev. O’Neill’s second wife Elizabeth Grace (née Torrens, known in the family as E.G) ‘refused to countenance [the] marriage.’ Mrs Morgan also credits this ‘Charlie’ with devising ‘a Matinée Musicale.’ [13]

An example of an illustrated envelope sent by Charlie to Augusta Lyster. It is a coloured pen and ink drawing of a boy and girl playing on a field gate with a Church spire in the background. Postage stamp placed on top of a signpost.  Envelope posted in Randalstown 17th December 1862.

This photo is assumed to be the family of Major Stanley McClintock, his wife Gertrude and some of their three sons and their twin daughters, as well as Anne O’Neill (whose ambitions to marry Charley McClintock were thwarted by her stepmother).

On 2 August 1881, Charlie married Blanche Louise Dunlop, third daughter of Mr Dunlop / Delap of  Monasterboice House near Drogheda, County Louth. [14] (Full details of his wedding are at this footnote. [15])  Robert O’Neill was his best man. Blanche was the younger sister of Annette McClintock, the wife of Sir Leopold McClintock, the explorer.’

Charley McClintock died at his Glendarragh residence on Sunday 13 February 1921 ‘at an advanced age’. He was interred in the old Parish Church graveyard at Drumcar, County Louth. The Northern Whig carried this obituary to him on 15 February 1921:

“We regret to announce the death, which occurred at Glendarragh, Crumlin, on Sunday of Lieutenant-Colonel C. E. M’Clintock, J.P. Well known throughout Ulster the late Colonel M’Clintock, who was a son of Major H. Stanley M’Clintock, was born at Newberry, County Kildare, on May 11th, 1844. He served with the late 6th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, and retired with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. On leaving the service he went to reside at Glendarragh. He was a justice of the peace for the county, and agent for the Pakenham and Henry estates. A persona grata amongst the farmers of Antrim he took a keen practical interest in their welfare and the development of agriculture on scientific lines. Though a Unionist, whose adherence to the Ulster movement was irrevocable, he never took an active part in politics. He was a member of the Church of Ireland, and remarkable for his benevolence and kindly attributes of character. He was a popular figure at the Ulster Club, Belfast, and was also a member of the Junior Carlton, London.’

Memorial to Lt Col C. E. ‘Charley’ McClintock at Drumcar Church, County Louth, where he was buried.

Charley and Blanche were survived by two sons, Lieutenant-Colonel Stanley R. McClintock, D.S.O. (1882-1958) and the Rev. Edward McClintock (1886-1961). They were predeceased by their middle son William Frederick Charles McClintock (1883-1908).

After Charley’s death, Glendarragh was sold to the Aldworth family, while the contents and all farming equipment were sold off. Much of the original house was demolished in 1950 due to dry rot, but the modest sized Regency landscape park around it survives.


Lieutenant-Colonel Stanley R. McClintock, D.S.O. (1882-1958)


The elder son Stanley R. McClintock was born in 17 May 1882. He ‘received his baptism of fire in the South African war and received the Queen’s Medal with clasps.’ [16] During the Great War, he served in the Gordon Highlanders, while attached to the Seaforth Highlanders. He was awarded the brevet of major on the celebration of King George V’s birthday on 3 June 1916, being subsequently mentioned in despatches by Field-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig. [17] At about this time, he was given command of the 4th Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders.

In May 1917, it was reported that Colonel McClintock was ‘suffering from shrapnel wounds in the knee, and is in a London hospital.’ [18] He was awarded the brevet of major and the D.S.O. for gallantry in the field. The citation reads:

“While in command of his battalion, this officer, when the enemy had broken through the front, support and reserve lines, took up a defensive position and held up the attack. Later, while in command of the remnants of his battalion, he showed great tenacity in holding on to the last during various stages of the withdrawal.”

I think he was by now commanding the 7th Battalion the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He had recovered sufficiently by July 1917 to attend a ceremony at Crumlin at which over 60 certificates of honour were presented to the families of local men who had volunteered for service in the war effort. A band from Royal Irish Rifles performed while Colonel McClintock and his parents were the principal guests of honour. [19]

He returned to the Western Front soon afterwards and was given command of the 7th Battalion of the Black Watch and, later, the 3rd Battalion of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). He was mentioned a second time in Haig’s despatches but was ‘severely wounded’ in the thigh in the German Spring Offensive. He was admitted to hospital in Wimereux in France on 27 March. [20] He survived the war and continued as lieutenant-colonel with his regular unit. He was also appointed Deputy Assistant Adjutant- General for senior officers’ instruction.

On 20 December 1930, he obtained command of the 2nd Battalion the Gordon Highlanders.[21] At that time, they were stationed at Ballykinlar Camp in County Down where the 36th Ulster Division, formed from the Ulster Volunteers, had done so much training during the war, and where over 2,000 men from the thirty-two counties of Ireland were interned during the Irish War of Independence. He was still in command of the 2nd Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders at the time they left Ballykinlar for Aldershot on 26 January 1932.[22]

In 1934, General Sir Ian Hamilton, Colonel of the Gordon Highlanders, accompanied by Lieut. Colonel Stanley McClintock, officer commanding the 2nd battalion, received from General von Blomberg, the German Minister of Defence, the drums of the battalion, which had been in German hands since the autumn of 1914. The drums had been left behind at Ostend, by staff orders, in 1914, when the battalion was ordered to make forced marches towards Antwerp. After the handing over ceremony, Stanley McClintock and Sir Ian Hamilton met President von Hindenburg.

Stanley’s period of command expired in December 1934. He then became Officer-in-Charge of the Infantry Record and Pay Office at Leith, which served, among other regiments, the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Royal Ulster Rifles, London Irish, and Royal Irish Fusiliers. He was based at Bordon Camp, Hampshire, by 8 August 1927 when he married Carline (Nellie) Brodigan of Piltown (sometimes Pilton) House, Drogheda, whose grandfather had been a key player in bringing the Dublin and Drogheda Railway to County Louth. The choral wedding service took place in the pretty church of Cople and his brother Edward officiated at the service.[23]

Colonel Bob McClintock observes:

‘A side-light on his character is given in the following incident: when on the way to a smart tennis party, his wife noticed his hat and exclaimed “Tanny, you can’t possibly go to a party in that hat” to which he answered “A man must have a hat he can kneel on when he’s gardening”.’

Stanley commanded, in turn, two battalions of the Black Watch … [he] was an excellent Battalion Commander and was a very imposing figure in this Highland uniform.

Upon his retirement from the army, he moved to his wife’s home, Piltown House, Drogheda. He died on 17 July 1958 at age 76. His obituary in the Drogheda Argus and Leinster Journal observed:

‘Of a quiet and retiring disposition, the late Col. McClintock had confined his activities for many years past to the picturesque demesne near Drogheda, where he resided. He had an extensive knowledge of and interest in wild-bird life, game and horticulture, particularly the production of flowers, fruit and vegetables and won many prizes at shows in many parts of the country. He was also a keen shot, even in his later years.’[24]


William Frederick Charles McClintock (1883-1908)


Charles and Blanche’s second son William Frederick Charles McClintock was born on 21 November 1883. He may be the W. F. C. McClintock who played cricket for Radley in 1900. (See here). He died in Santa Cruz, Tenerife, on 13 May 1908, aged 24. He is recalled by a memorial, alongside his father, at Drumcar Church in County Louth.


Rev. Edward McClintock (1886-1961)


Charles and Blanche’s third and youngest son Edward Louis Longfield McClintock was brought up at Glendaragh and educated at Trinity College Cambridge and Ridley Hall. Ordained at St Alban’s in 1912, he became a curate at St Andrews Church, Stanstead Abbotts, England.

In July 1912, he was married at St Andrew’s to Margaret Buxton, known as Maggie, with his brother Stanley as his best man. Maggie was given away by her father, John Henry Buxton of Easney, Ware, Hertfordshire. He was the director of Truman, Hanbury, Buxton Brewery and chairman of the London Hospital (1877-84). Mr Buxton was also a grandson of Fowell Buxton, aka Sir T F Buxton, a man who did much to push through Parliament the emancipation of slavery in 1833.

The Rev. Edward McClintock served as vicar of Haltwhistle from 1914-17. He was a temporary chaplain to the forces from 1917-19. He was later a representative of the Church Missionary Society in the dioceses of Oxford and Coventry.

Colonel Bob McClintock recalled him as ‘a fine looking and popular man and after a long life of service [who] now lives in retirement at Bishops Stortford.’

Edward died in 1961, followed by Maggie in 1974. They had one son David and five daughters, namely Kathleen (see below), Rachel, Monica, Rhoda and Margaret.


David McClintock (1913-2001) – The Botanist


David and Ann McClintock. Photo: Hugh McClintock.

Edward and Maggie’s only son was the Harrow and Cambridge educated botanist David Charles McClintock who made a name for himself with his horticultural knowledge and wrote ‘a most excellent book’, with Richard Fitter, the Pocket Guide of British Wild Flowers. His voice was often to be heard on the BBC.

During the latter stages of the Great War, David went to visit his grandparents at Glendaragh. He later recalled how during the crossing to Belfast, all passengers had to stay on deck for the entire voyage, wearing life-jackets, for fear of German U-boats. A report from his prep school offered the opinion that “McClintock’s cricket would be a good deal better if he did not waste his time studying the plants in the region of the wicket”.

David was president of the Botanical Society of the British Isles (BSBI), the Heather Society, the Bamboo Society, the Wild Flower Society and the Kent Field Club. It is said of him that he knew the Latin names of all the weeds in his garden.

In 1949, he married Elizabeth Ann Dawson, daughter of Major Dawson, with died in 1993, with whom he had four children – Alison (b. 1941), Andrew (b. 1944, married to Madeleine), Hugh J (b. 1946, married to Diana and lives in Nottingham) and Joanna (b. 1949). David died aged 88 in 2001, on the same day as his first cousin, Nicholas McClintock, father of Sylvia. David was widely regarded as a lovely man. See his obituary in the Telegraph here.


Kathleen Kinahan


Edward and Maggie’s eldest daughter was Kathleen. During a visit to the McClintock twins at Drumcar, she became ill (appendicitis, perhaps) and needed some hot water in the middle of the night: the coal stove was out, and there was no means of boiling water, so her mother Maggie gifted the McClintock twins a little spirit primus stove to cope with such emergencies.

Kathleen went on to marry the Belfast businessman Charles Henry Grierson Kinahan (1915–95), a son of Henry Kinahan and Blanche Grierson Kinahan, daughter of the Bishop of Connor and Bishop of Down and Dromore. Charles was sometime director of Dunlop Malayan Estates (1952-1956) and ran Lyle & Kinahan, the wine and spirit company.

Kathleen’s brother-in-law Sir Robin Kinahan of Castle Upton was Lord Mayor of Belfast from 1959-1961 and married the artist Coralie de Burgh, daughter of Captain Charles de Burgh, The Lodge, Seaforde, County Down. Coralie was a sister of the artist Lydia de Burgh, known as ‘Ladybird’, who was buried at Seaforde following a funeral at which her cousin Chris de Burgh performed. (See de Burgh of Oldtown.)

Kathleen and Charles had three sons John, Robin, and Timothy. John Kinahan became marketing manager of Guinness (Belfast) in 1981. The Rev. Timothy Kinahan is now Vicar of Helen’s Bay on Belfast Lough. Timothy is also the custodian of Major H. S. McClintock’s scrapbook, from which David’s son Andrew McClintock kindly sent me the image of the sow ‘Lady Bunbury’.



With thanks to Andrew McClintock and Sylvia Wright.



[1] Northern Whig, 10 September 1898, p. 6.

[2] The story is told in both the Belfast Telegraph of 25 May 1910, and the Northern Whig, 15 February 1921. Stanley’s name is given as ‘H. Stanley McClintock of Randalstown.’ His co-founding gentlemen were Very Rev. Dean Stannus, of Lisburn; Rev. Dr. Montgomery, Dunmurry; Messrs. John Waring Maxwell, of Finnebrogue; A.H. Montgomery, Tyrella; William Charley, Seymour Hill; Fitzherbert Filgate. Hillsborough; S. K. Mulholland, Eglantine; Jonathan Richardson, Glenmore; and S. D. Crommelin, Carrowdore Castle.

[3] Ian F W Beckett, ‘Citizen Soldiers and the British Empire, 1837–1902’ (Taylor & Francis, 2015), p. 44.

[4] Dublin Daily Express, 12 August 1912:


The Antrim Royal Garrison Artillery Reserve, which has just assembled at Greypoint Battery and Kilroot Battery for the annual training, under the command of Lieutenant- Colonel Southam, dates from 1854, when it was raised under the designation of the Antrim Militia Artillery. When the newly-raised Artillery Corps drew for their numbers the Antrim Artillery drew No. 1. and it became the first regiment of artillery in the United Kingdom. Its first commanding officer was the late Viscount Masserene and Ferrard, whose commission as lieutenant-colonel commanding was dated the 15th November, 1854, his Lordship having been previously lieutenant-colonel of the Louth Militia. The second in command was Major H. Stanley McClintock, an ex-Royal Artillery officer. The regiment was embodied during the Crimean War – December. 1854, till May 1856 – and again during the Indian Mutiny— April, 1859, till February, 1861—and many volunteers joined the regular army in those days, and did their “little bit” in helping to maintain the prestige of British arms in the snows of the Crimea and the sun-stricken hills and plains of the East. The regiment had various designations from time to time. At one time it was Brigade of the North Irish Division Royal Artillery, and on the abolition of the territorial divisions of the Royal Artillery it resumed its localise designation, which it has retained since in several modifications.

The regiment was embodied in May, 1900, whilst the South African War was in progress, and, having volunteered for active service, a service company of five officers and 163 non-commissioned officers and gunners was accepted and sent to South Africa in the militia siege train, which was intended to man part of the guns needed for the anticipated bombardment of the forte which defended Pretoria, and which were known to be of immense strength and powerful armament. But as the forts fell without a siege the services of the Antrim gunners were not needed in that direction. With the Antrim was a company of the Donegal Artillery. Lieutenant Colonel E. T. Pottinger, of the Antrims, was in command of the whole, and Major E. G. Elmitt was in command of the company. For some time the company helped to man the defences of the Cape Peninsula, various detachments were engaged in escorting Boer prisoners of war to St. Helena, and subsequently the company went to Orange River, where it built the celebrated fortifications known as “Fort Antrim.” Said the inspecting officer —‘The finest bit of fortification I have seen in South Africa,” and “A permanent monument to the industry of the Irish Brigade.” In June, 1901, the company returned home, and in the meantime the regiment itself had been disembodied. The company lost three non-commissioned officer and men during its service the Cape.

When the Artillery Militia of the United Kingdom was wiped out under Lord Haldane’s scheme the Antrim Artillery was very fortunate in escaping the general catastrophe, it and the Cork Artillery being the only corps left out of some thirty. The remainder were disbanded. Had it not been for the fact that forts were being built for the defence of Belfast Lough the Antrim Artillery would have shared the general fate. The regiment at the same time was converted into special reserve, which is a distinction without much difference to the old militia. The Antrims have always borne a very high reputation for efficiency, discipline, and good conduct, and the present-day gunners are indeed a very fine lot of men.

[5] Northern Whig, 10 September 1898, p. 6.

[6] Northern Whig, 10 September 1898, p. 6.

[7] Northern Whig, 4 October 1930, p. 10.

[8] ‘The death at Drumcar, Co. Louth, or. the 7th instant, of Miss Gertrude M’Clintock at the great age of 94 has removed the last of a family closely connected with Ulster and the Church of Ireland. Her father, Major H. S. M’Clintock, a brother of the first Lord Rathdonnell, was for many years agent to Lord O’Neill at Shane’s Castle, and later to Lord Downshire at Hillsborough, and these places most of her earlier life was spent. Her uncle, the Rev. Robert M’Clintock, who died in 1879, was for more than 40 years rector of Kiisaran, Co. Louth, while her brother, the Rev. Francis G. M’Clintock. a man of great musical and artistic gifts, was from 1908 till 1924 Dean of Armagh. While at Hillsborough she and her sister, the late Miss Emily M’Clintock, who died some ten years ago, taught regularly in the Sunday school, and she was a constant contributor to the parish magazine and also not infrequently to the “Church of Ireland Gazette.” Some thirty-six or thirty-seven years ago the sisters, after the death of their father, removed to the old home of their family in Co. Louth, where to the last they continued their interest in Church matters and, among other things, worked assiduously to collect for Belfast Cathedral. Like many of her day brought up in a quiet country home, Miss M’Clintock cared little for society in the fashionable sense of the word or for fashionable amusements, but she had travelled on the Continent in her youth and was all her life a great reader and delighted in good literature. Being gifted with remarkable memory her mind was stored with a wide range of general knowledge on nearly every subject, and to the last she could recite by heart long passages of poetry by Shakespeare, Byron and other writers, as well as many old rhyming riddles and epigrams which she loved to quote for the amusement of her friends. She had a great sense of humour and great courage in any difficulty, and in late years her patience and her cheerful happy spirit in spite of the usual afflictions of age. and latterly of almost complete deafness and blindness as well, were utterly beyond praise. For all these qualities, and most of all for her simple spontaneous goodness, her touching gratitude for the smallest acts of kindness, and her strong and constant affections, she will be always remembered by those who were happy enough to know her. She was one of an old generation and an old type that is fast passing away, and the loss of such is not easily to be replaced.’

Belfast News-Letter, 12 November 1940, p. 4.

[9] Royal Cornwall Gazette, 9 February 1877.


Mrs. Lucy Antonia M’Clintock, of Penoyre, Brecon, and 7 Ormonde Gate, Chelsea, S.W., who died on April 30 last, aged 93 years. widow of Fredk. M’Clintock, of Drumcar (County Louth) has left property of the value of £21,321 6s 4d with net personality £20,555 19s 8d. duty paid. She gives:— £500 to Morcombe Home. £500 to Porthcawl Home of Rest, £500 to the Brecon Infirmary, £500 to the Bishop of Brecon for Brecon Cathedral, £100 to the Vicar of Battle for the Church, £100 to the Breconshire War Memorial Hospital, £50 to Lily Heath, housekeeper; £50 to Laura Cook, housemaid; £100 to Louisa Bartle. maid; £40 to David Williams of the Home Farm, Penroye, and £30 to his wife: £100 to George Weekes, head gardener; £100 to Herbert Haines, chauffeur; £50 to George Akers, carpenter; £100 to Margaret Allenson, housemaid; £50 to Mary Lloyd, dairymaid; £100 to Mrs. Middleditch. cook; £10 for each year of service to other servants.

Belfast Telegraph – Monday 31 July 1939, p. 9.

[11] With thanks to John McIntyre and the late James Rankin. If anyone has further details on Jane Patterson, please email me as John McIntrye is keen to learn more.

[12] Journal of the County Donegal Historical Society, 2007, p. 8.

[13] Thanks to Karen Ievers.

[14] It was originally Delap, but changed to Dunlop.


On Tuesday, 2nd August, the marriage of Miss Blanche Louisa Dunlop, third daughter of the Hon. Mrs. Dunlop, Monasterboice House, was solemnized with Mr. Charles Edward M’Clintock, second son of Major H. Stanley M’Clintock, of Hillsborough, County Down. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Henry West, brother-in-law of the bride, assisted by the Rev. F. Le Poer M’Clintock, brother of the bridegroom, and the Rev. Francis Hannan, rector of Mellifont. The bride was magnificently attired in pearl white satin, tastefully trimmed with orange and myrtle blossom, tulle veil, orange and myrtle blossom wreath, ornaments, pearls, and diamonds.

The bridesmaids, Miss May Dunlop (sister of the bride), Miss Kathleen Balfour, and the Misses M’Clintock, sisters of the bridegroom, wore pale blue sateen skirts, cream Madrass muslin polonaises, trimmed with pale blue ribbon, hats of cream lace ornamented with pale blue Bowers. The bridegroom was attended by the lion. Robert O’Neill, as best man.

The church presented a magnificent appearance being profusely decorated with flowers. Miss Hannan presided at the harmonium. The hymns and psalms were ably rendered by the choir.

Amongst those present were—Hon Mrs. Ross, of Bladensburgh ; Mr. and Mrs. E. Ross, of Bladensburgh ; Rev. H. and Mrs. West, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Quin, Mr. and Mrs. Macan, Mr. Richard Macan, Major H. Stanley M’Clintock, and the Misses Welintock, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick M’Clintock, Rev. F. Le Peor M’Clintock, Rev. Francis and Mrs. Hannan, Miss Hannan, Mr. and Mrs. Wynne, Rev. Francis Balfour, Mrs. and the Misses Balfour, Mr. Murphy. Hon. Robert O’Neill, Mr. William Verschoyle, Mr. Gilbert Alexander Hannan, Colonel and Mrs. Bellingham.


Mrs. Bagenal’s copy of Shelley’s Poems; Misses Bagenal, china ornaments; Mrs. Balfour, brass inkstand; Misses Balfour, pair of brass candlesticks; Miss Letitia Balfour, brass stand and ivory card case ; Lieutenant-Colonel and Mrs. Bellingham, china desert service; Mr. and Mrs. Stopford-Blair, antique locket and silver monntecl paper knife; Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Braithwaite, six silver teaspoons; Rev. J. Stephen Campbell, “Farrar’s Life of Christ”;- Mr. H. J. Cameron, six silver gilt apostle spoons; Mr. Coddington, writing table set; Captain Douglas, cork screw; Mrs. George Douglass, china ornaments; Dowager Marchioness of Downshire, Queen Anne table; Hon. Mrs. Dunlop, amethyst and aquamarine necklace, bracelets, and earrings, diamond ring and cameo brooch; Miss Mary Dunlop, “Wordsworth’s Poems”; Mrs. F.  Filgate and Mrs. T. Filgate, Indian chess board; Mr. and Mrs. 0. B. Graham, set of desert knives and forks; Lady Gresley, pair of silver candlesticks: Rev. F. Hannan, Family Bible; Mrs Hannan, China Basket; Miss Hannan, Tartan Box: Mrs. Culling Haubury, set of garnet jewellery ; Lord and Lady Arthur Hill, six silver coffee spoons; Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Houston, four silver salt cellars; Mrs. Huardive and Bessie Emerson, glass biscuit box; Mrs. Jeffreys, Worcester china brackets; Misses Jeffreys, glass dower holders; Mrs. Hamilton, Jones, butter cooler, Mr. J. B. Kingscote, aster tea table; Miss Louisa Law, plush photograph frame; Misses Law, two plush photograph frames; Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Lefroy, claret jug; Mrs. Pennefathcr Lloyd, scent bottle; Mr. and Mrs. Longfield, silver tea pot; Mrs. Macan, dining room clock; Mr. and Mrs. A. Macan, claret jug: Misses E, and A. Macau, china ornament; Mellifont Church Choir and School, Church Hymnal; Sir F. Leopold M’Clintock, silver candlesticks ; Lady M’Clintock, photograph book; Major H. S. M’Clintock, two cameo brooches; Rev. F. G. M’Clintock, drawingroom mirror; Mr. and Mrs F. R. M’Clintock, two cutlet dishes; Miss M’Clintock, toast rack ; Miss G. M’Clintock, butter cooler; the Misses M’Clintock, china tea service, Mrs. M•Clintock, two bronze statuettes, and gold bracelet; Mrs. G. M’Clintock, brass inkstand and candlesticks; Miss Constance M’Clintock, silver pencilcase ; Miss Amy McClintock, china memorandum slate; Miss Georgie M’Clintock, two napkin rings; Rev. A. H. Pakenham, silver cream jug; Mrs. E. Poe, Dresden china figure; Mrs. Quin, mirror in china frame; Miss Quin, china basket; Mr. R. Quin, brass stand; Mrs. Augustin Ross. gold necklace and earrings; Hon. Mrs. Ross, of Bladensburg, cameo brooch, hair ring, and oil portrait of Harriette Viscountess Massereene ; Mr. E. Ross, of Bladensburg, venetian glass vase, Mrs. E. Ross, of Bladensburg, china card tray; Mr. and the Hon. Mrs. J. Ross, of Bladensburg, pair of Longvy china vases; Dowager Lady Rathdonnell, dressing-case; Lord and Lady Rathdonnell, silver-gilt sugar-bowl and spoon; Miss M’Carthy. embroidered chair-back ; Mrs. M’Lagan, Russian leather handkerchief-case and glove-box; Mrs. M’Neile, arm-chair ; Mr. George Marsham, silver sugar-bowl and spoon; Viscountess Massereene and Ferrard, four silver salt-cellars; Mr. John Murphy, pair of silver salvers and glass centre ornament; Captain and Mrs. Nicholson, glass flower-holders: Mrs. Oldfield, two Dresden china candlesticks; Misses Oldfield, two china brackets; Misses C. and F. O’Brien, Misses K. and M. Balfour, and Miss M. Moore, oak writingcase; Lord O’Neill, silver teapot; Lady O’Neill, silver sugar-bowl; Hon. Anne O’Neill, silver sugar-tongs; Hon. R. T. O’Neill, silver cream-jug; Mr. R. H. IReade, silver mounted glass salad bowl; Rev. E. R. Roe, silver cream jug; Mrs. Buxton, two old china cups and saucers; Misses Buxton, glass and brass basket; Sarah and Bridget, Belleek china ornament; Mr. and Mrs. Severne, diamond arrow broach; Mr. Edward Singleton, drawing-room clock; Hon. Mrs. S. Skeffington, photograph frame; Miss Stawell and Miss Garnett, five o’clock tea set; Mrs. Tighe, cut glass silver-mounted crat stand; Miss K. Verschoyle, carved table; Mr. W. R. Young. salmon gaff; Mr. and Mrs. Waldie, cut glass jog and glasses; Mr. and Mrs. Wynne, mirror in china frame; Mrs Hilton, silver and oak salt ; Mrs. Coddington, antique bronze frame; Mr. Dixie Coddington, brass pen rack; Mrs. Verschoyle, Worcester china vase; Mrs. Macklin, case of books; Miss Verschoyle, hand painted terracotta plate; Mr. W. Verschoyle, pair of antique bronze vases, Mr. Fredrick Foster, bronze ink stand; Mr. Chas. M’Clintock, dressing case; Mr. Richard Macau, revolving breakfast tray; Mr. L. Wynne, four gold spoons; Rev. Henry West, two china vases; R. A. A. and H. West, toilet table set; Mrs. West, Mrs. Quinn, and Miss May Dunlop, Dresden china ornaments.
Drogheda Conservative, 6 August 1881, p. 5.

Colonel Stanley M‘Clintock Wounded.
LIEUT.-COL. STANLEY R. McCLINTOCK Gordon Highlanders attached Seaforth Highlanders, officially reported wounded, is a son of Lieutenant-Colonel Charles E. M’Clintock, J.P., of Glendaragh, Crumlin, County Antrim, late officer commanding 6th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, and a nephew of the Dean of Armagh Very Rev. F. G. Le Poer McClintock, M.A. Born on 17th May, 1882, Lieutenant-Colonel McClintock received his baptism of fire in the South African war and received the Queen’s Medal with clasps. He has seen a good deal of service in the present campaign in France, and was awarded the brevet of major on the celebration of the King’s Birthday on 3rd June, 1916, being subsequently mentioned in despatches by Field-Marshal Sir Douglas Haig. He is suffering from shrapnel wounds in the knee, and is in a London hospital.
Lisburn Standard
, Friday, 4 May, 1917; Belfast News-Letter, Thursday 3 May 1917.

[17] An insight into his war record can be found via the following newspaper records which show that he was wounded twice, once severely; recuperated at home in Ireland; and that his courage caught the eye of Field Marshal Haig.  Lisburn Standard, Friday, 4 May, 1917.

[18] Lisburn Standard, Friday, 4 May, 1917.

[19] CRUMLIN’S VOLUNTEERS. PRESENTATION OE CERTIFICATES. A very interesting, and to many a memorable, ceremony took place in Crumlin on Saturday, namely, the presentation of over 60 certificates of honour to the near relatives of men from the town and neighbourhood who, at the outbreak of the war, volunteered for active service. The proceedings, which were arranged by Mr. T. J. English, were held opposite the courthouse in the main street, and attracted large crowd of the inhabitants. The band from the depot the Royal Irish Rifles attended, and under the directorship Mr. Allen, bandmaster, contributed an entertaining programme of martial and popular music. Colonel E. S. M‘Clintock. J.P., Glendarragh, (who was accompanied by Mrs. M’Clintock, and his gallant son, Lieut.-Colonel Stanley M’Clintock. D.S.O., Gordon Highlanders), presided.
Larne Times – Saturday 7 July 1917.

Colonel Stanley M‘Clintock Severely Wounded.
LIEUT–COLONEL STANLEY E. M’CLINTOCK, D.S.O., Gordon Highlanders, commanding a battalion of the Black Watch, son of Colonel Charles E. McClintock, J P., Glendaragh, Crumlin, was admitted to hospital in Wimereux on 27th March, having been severely wounded in the thigh. This gallant officer has served with distinction in the present war. He has been twice mentioned despatches by Sir Douglas Haig, and was awarded the brevet of major and subsequently the D.S.O. for gallantry in the field. He was previously wounded.
Belfast News-Letter, Monday 1 April 1918.

[21] Crumlin Officer’s Appointment
Lieutenant-Colonel Stanley R. M’Clintock, D. S.O., whose period of command of the 2nd Battalion the Gordon Highlanders expires in December next, will become Officer-in-Charge of the Infantry Record and Pay Office at Leith, which serves, among other regiments, the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Royal Ulster Rifles, London Irish, and Royal Irish Fusiliers. He is a son of the late Lieutenant Colonel Charles E. M’Clintock, of Glendaragh, Crumlin, a former commanding officer of the 6th Royal Irish Rifles. and a grandson of Major H. S. M’Clintock, of Kilwarlin House, Hillsborough, who served in the Antrim Artillery. Lieutenant-Colonel Stanley M’Clintock has a distinguished record of service the Great War, in which he commanded the 4th Battalion the Gordon Highlanders, the 7th Battalion the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, the 7th Battalion the Black Watch, and the 3rd Battalion the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). He was twice wounded and twice mentioned in despatches, and was awarded the brevet of major and the D.S.O. and Bar for gallantry in the field. He was also lieutenant-colonel with his regular unit, and Deputy Assistant Adjutant- General for senior officers’ instruction. He obtained command of the 2nd Gordons while they were stationed at Ballykinlar in 1930.
Belfast News-Letter – Thursday 30 August 1934.

[22] The 2nd Battalion the Gordon Highlanders under the command of Lieut.-Colonel Stanley M’Clintock, D.S.O., Glendaragh, Crumlin, will leave Ballykinlar Camp, Co. Down, on T[hurs?] day, 26th inst. to take its place in the *** Infantry Brigade at Aldershot.
Belfast News-Letter – Monday 11 January 1932

[23] Meath Herald and Cavan Advertiser – Saturday 13 August 1927, p. 4.

[24] Drogheda Argus and Leinster Journal – Saturday 26 July 1958, p. 2.