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McClintock of Dunmore House, Co. Donegal


I have stayed at Dunmore House on at least three occasions as a guest of the late Sir John McFarland and his son Stevo. The McFarlands purchased the house in 1954, less than 20 years after the McClintocks of Dunmore had extincted themselves in a tragic triple-homicide. I had expected to feel unnerved by this house, to succumb to the glum ambience of sad and wounded ghosts, but my stay was in fact utterly delightful and Sir John insisted they had never experienced the slightest inklings of spooky McClintock ghosts.

Dunmore House lies just outside the pretty village of Carrigans on the western banks of Lough Foyle in County Donegal. The house commands a fine view across the lake and, by night, one can make out the lights of Londonderry twinkling to the north. It is a curiosity to think that the McClintocks beheld this same view while the city was being constructed nearly 400 years ago. The house was superbly located for trips to and from the new capital of the north west and lay directly along one of the main roads south from Derry to Dublin. In the woods near the house lie the remnants of an ancient stone fort, presumably the original Dun Mor.

Following the failure of the Jacobite army to take Londonderry in 1688, Sir John believed the army would have retreated south along the Dublin Road and through Carrigans, burning and looting every Protestant homestead they came across - including the McClintocks stronghold at Dunmore. A potted history of this branch follows below - if anyone has anything to add, please do let me know.


William McClintock (1657-1724) & the Harvey Family

William McClintock, the second son of Alexander and Agnes McClintock (and younger brother of John McClintock, ancestor of the Drumcar branch) was born in 1657, directly into a world recovering from the turmoil of the Confederate Wars in Ireland and the Civil War across the sea in England. William's father died in 1670, when he was 13. He was probably based at Brokach, the farm adjoining Trintaugh. During William's youth, he was actively involved in the defence of Derry. As a consequence of this, his home and the village of Carrigans was burnt by the retreating Jacobite army. In 1685, 28-year-old William married Elizabeth Harvey (1666-1722), daughter of David Harvey of Malin Hall. David's grandfather or great-grandfather was the son of a Bristol merchant who came to Ulster during the plantations of the early 17th century. By this marriage, the McClintocks came into possession of the original Dunmore House at Carrigans, some 5 miles south of Londonderry. Indeed, William was the executor of his father-in-law, David Harvey's will, in 1702. (1) The present house at Dunmore was commenced in 1709 and remodelled to its present size in 1742 by William's son and heir, Captain John McClintock, Donegal Militia. Sir John McFarland believes the cellars belong to the original 1620 house.

Deed Number 630 in the Irish Registry Office, dated 20 Nov 1710, records that Archdeacon Andrew Hamilton of Raphoe sold the corn mill in Carrickins (aka Carrigans) for £340 to William McClintock of Dunmore. This included two houses in Carrigans in the possession of Archibald McClintock and Ambrose McCarter. William Harvey of Imlick was a witness. Corn from this mill would have been in big demand at the St Johnston fair.

William was also mentioned in the wills of John Harvey of Imlick in 1706 and George Harvey of Bristol, 1710. A deed from 1710 indicates that William purchased a corn-mill and two tenements at Carrigans from his cousin, Archibald McClintock and Ambrose Carter. (2)

William and Elizabeth had a son and heir, Captain John McClintock, and at least four daughters.

The eldest daughter Mary McClintock married her cousin William Harvey, son of James Harvey, on 30th June 1708.

The second daughter Elizabeth McClintock married Nathaniel Alexander, Alderman of Londonderry, of Gunsland, Co. Donegal, by whom she was mother of the Earl of Caldeon and ancestor of Field Marshal Lord Alexander of Tunis. (See McClintock's in India below)

The third daughter, Margaret McClintock married her cousin William Stinson (or Stevenson) of Knockan, Co Derry, in 1730. Margaret died on 4 Dec 1743 aged 35. Her husband survived her by nearly 20 years, before passing away on 1 Dec 1762 aged 73.

The youngest daughter, Jane McClintock married her cousin John Harvey. (3)

Elizabeth McClintock died on 18 May 1722 and William McClintock on 5th September 1724. They were both interred at Taughboyne. William's will is recorded in Sir Arthur Vicars 'Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland, 1536-1810’ (1897), p. 300, where he is referred to as William McClintock of ’Dunmore’ and a ‘gent'.

NB: In August 1715, Frederick Hamilton, former MP for Donegal, wrote to George I that although the county is well affected, ‘The great scarcity of armes in ye country is beyond anything I could have imagin’d till about three days ago that I had occasion to send some men after seven Tories that were hunted out of Fermanagh, and in the barony of Kilmakrenan, I could not get thirty men tolerably armed tho’ I believe the country will be able to array seven thousand men’.


Captain John McClintock (1687-1752) of Dunmore

William was succeeded at Dunmore by his only son, Captain John McClintock, who held a commission as captain in both the Donegal Militia (27th December 1745) and the Tyrone Militia (30th December 1745), the year of Culloden. John was an agent for James Hamilton, 8th Earl of Abercorn, collecting rents, managing some of the property, renting out lands, mills, and ferries from circa 1745: see here. (7) He wrote to the Earl at least once a month, informing him about his tenants and properties. John also farmed out some of the legal work to his cousin, Alexander McClintock (of Drumcar), who lived in Dublin.(8)

On 4th December 1728 he married Rebecca McCausland, daughter of Colonel Robert McCausland of Fruit Hill in County Derry and Newtown Limavady. The McCausland family had come to Ireland from Scotland at the end of James I's reign; they must have been well connected for Colonel McCausland was a personal beneficiary in the will of Speaker William Connolly.

John and Rebecca McClintock had two sons - Robert and William and five daughters - Rebecca, Lydia, Hannah, Jane and Elizabeth. (9)

The eldest son Robert succeeded to Dunmore and is dealt with anon.

The second son, William was born in Strabane in 1748 and served in the 107th Regiment. (10) He never married, but received from his father's will a freehold and lease for life in St. Johnstown. He died aged 38 in 1786.

The eldest daughter, Hannah McClintock, was married twice - first to Robert Spence of Strabane and secondly, on 17th June 1762, to Sir Hugh Hill, MP for Londonderry. (Sir Hugh was also a widower, his first wife being Mary Hodgson, who passed in 1760). A plaque to them hangs in an alcove in St Columbs Cathedral, inside the walled city, in Derry. [Registry of Deeds, Dublin: Abstract of Wills, Vol. II; 1746-1785 indicates that Hannah was actually married to a Robert Spence, although other sources suggest his name was J Spence (Burkes Peerage 1845), and a Brent Spence. However, the Abstract will makes mention of “Her brother John McClintock, as well as her brothers William and Robert, and her uncle Connolly McCausland." Did Hannah have a brother John, about whom we have lost detail (perhaps from her father's previous marriage to a lady called Margaret, see footnote 9) or is this a transcription error? In 2018, Sylvia McClintock observed a Nathaniel Spence, an uncle of James Nesbitt / Nisbet of Greenhill. Co. Donegal. See here for more on this McClintock-Nesbitt-Spence axis.

The second daughter, Lydia McClintock married Andrew Ferguson of Burt House, Londonderry.

The third daughter, Elizabeth McClintock married Rowley Heyland of Castle Roe.

The youngest daughter Jane McClintock did not marry and died on 27th February 1802.

Captain John McClintock died prematurely circa 1752 in Strabane, Co. Tyrone. It was probably during his time that the present gable-ended Dunmore House was built; Dr. Craig considers it may be by Michael Priestly. It is a two storey, with an attic, lit by window in the gable ends. A staircase extends into the central projection at back of house. The five bay front has a central Venetian window above tripartite doorway, later obscured by a porch. A lower two storey wing was added sometime later.

Captain Robert McClintock (1730-1813) of Dunmore

Upon the death of Captain John McClintock in 1752, his eldest son Captain Robert McClintock succeeded to 'the house, garden and fields at Strabane, also lands in Altagha, Derry and in the barony of Raphoe, Donegal'. This also presumably included to Dunmore. Like his father he was a captain in both the Donegal and Tyrone Militias. He was also a JP, as well as High Sheriff of Tyrone (1759) and Donegal (1764). The deed books record a lease of 1762 from Robert to the family of James McFarland of Lislap and Samuel Steel of Belteny. Another deed from July 1774 relates to lands at Lislap exchanged between Robert McClintock and Josias Du Pre of the City of London (11)

On 19th May 1763 Robert McClintock married Alice Patton (1747-1820), daughter and heiress of Andrew Patton of Springfield, Co. Donegal. (12) See Burke’s Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry (1837) The Patton family descend from the Rev. William Patton who was born in Scotland in 1590 and came over with the Ulster plantation, settling first with William Stewart and then buying Croghan House on Mulroy Bay. The Rev. Patton is reported to have died in 1641 but whether this was related to the uprising is unknown so far. The Killadoon Papers at the National Library of Ireland (Ms. 36,030/5) contain a letter, dated 29 Sep. 1787, from Daniel Chambers of Rockhill,, County Donegal, to the Earl of Leitrim. Mr Chambers was agent for the Clements estate in Co. Donegal estate. At one point he writes: “Mr Patton talked of going to live with his son-in-law, Mr McClintock. I proposed asking his house, but he would not. He’s an easy, good-natured man and did not wish I should disturb the peace of that country."

There was tremendous excitement in the neighbourhood on 16 December 1761 when John MacNaghten, gambler, duellist and brother-in law to the Earl of Massareene, was hanged at Strabane jail for inadvertently killing 16-year-old Mary Anne Knox, daughter of Andrew Knox, MP for Donegal, during a foiled abduction attempt in November. At the first attempt to hang the Trinirt College graduate, the rope breaks but, ignoring offers from the crowd to assist his escape, he declared that he does not wish to be known for ever as ‘half-hung McNaghten’ and asked the hangman to proceed. He was buried in Patrick Street graveyard in Strabane.

28 March 1772 – "An Act to repress Steelboy disturbances in five Ulster counties was passed. The Hearts of Steel, or Steelboys, was an exclusively Protestant movement originating in Co Antrim, due to grievances about the sharp rise of rent and evictions. The protests then spread into neighbouring counties of Armagh, Down, and Derry, before being put down by the army. The disturbances where so widespread in the affected counties, that the government passed legislation to severely punish the ‘wicked and disorderly persons’, and by the later half of 1772 sent the army into Ulster to crush them. Men were hanged, whilst many others were said to have drowned trying to flee across the sea to Scotland." (Details via the excellent Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland website)

Londonderry, July 3. Yesterday, the L. Derry battalion were reviewed by their Colonel Commandant, Robert M’Clintock, Esq; •-The battalion upon this occasion, performed all the manoeuvres, &c. preparatory to the general review. Dublin Evening Post - Saturday 07 July 1781

When John Bellew published William Crawford’s ‘A History of Ireland. From the Earliest Period, to the Present Time: In a Series of Letters, Addressed to William Hamilton, Esq.’ in 1783, the subscribers included Lieut Col James M’Clintock of Trintaugh, Colonel Rob M’Clintock of Dunmore and John M’Clintock esq of Drumcar.

AT a meeting of Delegates from Thirty-nine Volunteer Corps, held in L. Derry, the 23rd day of April, 1784, Col. Robert M‘Clintock in the chair,
The following Resolutions were unanimously agreed to:
That we pledge ourselves to our country, that we will use every exertion to encrease [sic] the numbers and improve the discipline of our respective Corps, being convinced that at no time have their aid and support been more necessary to assert the Freedom of Ireland.
That a review be held at L. Derry, on Thursday the 23rd day of next July. That James Stewart, Colonel of the 1st Tyrone Regiment, be requested to act as Exercising Officer.
That Captain Moore of the Society Volunteers, be requested to act as Quarter Master General.
That the Corps to be reviewed at Derry, do make returns to the Quarter Master General, on or before the 10th day of June next: And, that no returns be, on any account, received after that day
That copies of the Resolutions of this Meeting be transmitted by the Chairman to the Earl of Charlemont, commander in chief of the Volunteer army of Ulster, and Colonel James Stewart, our exercising officer.
That the thanks of this Meeting be given to Colonel M'Clintock, for his very proper conduct in the chair.
That the thanks of this Meeting be presented to our Secretary, Dr. Patterson.
That the Resolutions of this Meeting be published in the Dublin Evening Post, and in the Londonderry and Strabane Journals.
Dublin Evening Post - Tuesday 11 May 1784

Robert and Alice both enjoyed remarkably long lives, notching up 83 and 85 years respectively. Robert McClintock died in 1813, while Alice's death was recorded in Saint James's Chronicle of Thursday 13 April 1820: 'April 9, in Duke-street, Manchester-square, aged 73, Alice, relict of the late Robert M'Clintock, Esq. of Dunmore, county of Donegal, Ireland.'

Four of their five children died without issue but the branch survived through their third son, William McClintock, of whom more anon.

Their eldest son, Captain John McClintock, served with the 69th Regiment. The Killadoon Papers (Ms. 36,059/4) contain a letter, dated 28 Mar. 1808, from Robert McClintock, Dunmore to Lord Leitrim, Killadoon, requesting a field officer’s commission for his eldest son, John, who has served 15 years in the 69th Regiment, and sold his company at his father’s request, ‘... as I wished that he should settle himself on my property.’ Captain John McClintock's sword passed down to Colonel Bob McClintock's son Nicholas and was inscribed 'Captain John McClintock 69th Foot, Haiti 1796, North Holland 1799'. He is said to have suffered 'great fatigues and hardships in Holland' and died unmarried in 1805 at the age of 44. (13)

[Another letter in the Killadoon Papers (Ms. 36,064/3), dated 17 June 1812, from John Walker, Kildrum, to Lord Leitrim requests a lieutenant’s commission in the Donegal Militia for Robert McClintock of Derry, the ‘younger son of a most respectable family’ with two brothers serving in Portugal. Mr Walker is described as ‘a somewhat visionary mining expert.’ I think this is a different branch to the Dunmore McClintocks]

Captain John McClintock Snr's second son, Andrew McClintock was Rector of Kanturk & Newmarket in the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross. He never married and died in 1807.

Dunmore duly passed to Robert and Alice McClintock's third son, William (1773-1825), of whom more below.

The youngest son Thomas McClintock (1774-1845) born in 1774 emigrated to Philadelphia in 1824, on board the Montezuma from Liverpool, with a lady called Anna (she is named as Anna McClintock but there is a question mark as to whether she was his wife). He is thought to have been a Quaker. Also with them were four children, Ann (b. 1812), Thomas (b. 1814), Louisa (b. 1817) and Reuben (b. 1820). Thomas died in Philadelphia in 1845 aged 71; Ann McClintock wrote back to Ireland and reported his death. (14)

In 1813, the year of Robert's death, his only daughter, Alicia Anne McClintock (1765-1847) was married on Great Pulteney Street (the widest, grandest thoroughfare in Bath) to Wooley Leigh John Spencer (1769-1844), a son of Wooley Leigh Spencer (1746-?) and Mary Willis (1749-?). In 1762, his father was one of three men who successfully claimed that they should become fellows of All Souls College at the University of Oxford, simply because they descended from one of the founders of the college. In 1796, he became a cornet in the Hampshire Fencible Cavalry. That same year, he was apparently married to Esther Lister, of whom I have no further record. Alicia Anne McClintock was thus his second wife. They had no children.



In 1752, 23-year-old James Alexander (youngest son of Nathaniel Alexander Elizabeth McClintock) and arrived in India and established himself as a factor in Madras. Within two years, he was Sheriff of Madras, an office he held again in 1757, the year in which Robert Clive led a British East India Company force to victory over a much larger army of the Nawab of Bengal and his French allies at Plassey, securing control of vital saltpeter (potassium nitrate) supplies. He continued his rise during the 1760s and was one of the wealthiest merchants in Bengal, alongside Francis Sykes (Resident at Murshidabad) and , Thomas Rumbold (Resident at Murshidabad at Patna). James Alexander was Resident at both Murshidabad and Patna at this time. By the time he returned to Ireland in 1772, he was reputedly worth about £150,000. He used £96,400 to acquire nearly 9,000 acres (36 km²) of Ulster from Edmund Boyle, 7th Earl of Cork and Orrery, namely the Caledon estate (derived from Caledonia, I guess), as well as the house and demesne of Boom Hall, outside Derry city, the Churchland estate of Moville, County Donegal, and a fee simple estate near Ballycastle, County Antrim. On 28th November 1774 he married the heiress Anne Craufurd [Crawford] who died just three years later on 21st December 1777. A strong Tory, he was Tory MP for Londonderry (1775-1790), Sheriff of County Tyrone (1780) and of County Armagh (1781). On June 6th 1790 he was created Baron Caledon of Caledon, Co. Tyrone. On the 23rd November 1797 he was raised as Viscount Caledon. On 29th December 1800, he became Earl of Caledon. (5) He owned the borough of Newtonards, for which he received £15,000 compensation at the Union which, whether from self-interest or political conviction, he strenuously supported. He died on 22nd March 1802 aged 72 at Rutland Square in Dublin. His Irish estates in 1779 are said to have been worth £12,000 a year. (6) [SEE APPENDIX 1 BELOW.] In 1770, Alexander and Company established the Bank of Hindostan (1770-1832), the first commercial bank in colonial India, basing it on the British banking system.

Lord Caledon’s nephews James Alexander and Josias Du Pré Alexander (1771-1839) were also big players in Calcutta, frequently serving as Sheriff. [i] In Calcutta (Kolkata), they founded Alexander and Company, one of the most successful brokerage agencies in India, a leader in insurance, indigo and, later, the opium trade. By the 1820s, their opium trade was so big that an American agent named Wilcocks netted commissions worth $21,825.12 in 1825, $45,487.54 in 1826 and $25,738.70 in 1827 on opium sales alone through Alexander and Company, Calcutta.[ii] One of their partners was a merchant and agent by name of Robert McClintock (1770-1836), who must have been a cousin of some form but I am unsure who Robert’s parents were. Robert moved to India in 1796 and had joined the Alexanders by 1802, as per this notice in the Calcutta Gazette of 22 April 1802:

‘Messs. Gardiner & Alexander, HAVING admitted Mr. ROBERT M'CLINTOCK, as a Partner in their House of AGENCY, the Business will, after the First of May, be carried on under the Firm of Gardiner, Alexander & Co. Calcutta, April 15, 1802.’

Drama intervened on 4 March 1803 when the banker and agent John Philip Gardiner (1762-1803), one of the partners, died on board the Walthamstown, a British East India Company ship, off St Helena while on passage from Bengal to The Downs in England.[iii] Four months later, the Calcutta Gazette of 21 July 1803 updated its readers:

‘NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, THAT in consequence of the Demise of JOHN PHILIP GARDINER, Esq. late a Proprietor of the Bank of Hindostan, and a Partner in the Agency House of GARDINER, ALEXANDER, and Co. his Interest in those Establishments has ceased from the period of his death; and the Business will, in future, be carried on by JAMES ALEXANDER, ROBERT M'CLINTOCK and JOSIAS DU PRE ALEXANDFR, under the Firm of Alexander and Co. Calcutta, July 14 , 1803.’

(See 1807 ad for business)

Both James Alexander and Robert McClintock are listed as Jurors at a session of the Madras Supreme Court in 1810.[iv] Robert McClintock was Sheriff of Calcutta in 1824; the Sheriff in both 1823 and 1825 was Sir William Hay Macnaghten, later assassinated during the First Afghan War. [Macnaghten’s wife Frances was the widow of Colonel James McClintock of the Bombay Army, see below].

On 4 June 1807 Robert was married at the New Church in Calcutta (with the Rev P Limrick presiding) to Marianne Hardyman.[v] I believe that Marianne was a daughter of Rear Admiral Lucius Ferdinand Hardyman (1771–1834) and his wife Charlotte, daughter of Mr. John Travers, a director of the East India Company. A biography of the admiral by John Knox Laughton appears in the Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 24 suggests that Marianne had a brother, Lucius Heywood Hardyman, who was killed during the retreat from Kabul in January 1842, while serving as a lieutenant in the 5th Bengal cavalry, and two sisters. Mrs. Hardyman died, aged 93. in 1872. In February 2021 I was contacted by James Talbot of Robert James Art Services in Dublin, regarding a portrait of a lady by Sir William Beechey, painted I. 1820 and signed by the artist. He stated that the sitter was ‘the grandmother of Sophia Morley Caulfeild and that her family name was McClintock.’ He states that her mother was ‘Sophia Emilia McClintock and her grandfather was John Travers. We do not know to whom John Travers was married but we suspect that she is the lady in the portrait.’

Robert and Marianne's son G.M. McClintock was born in Calcutta on 15 Sept 1808, educated at Charterhouse (1821-July 1822) and Harrow (1822-25) and married in Calcutta on 12 January 1839 to Elizabeth Catherine, eldest daughter of W. Graham, MD, of Calcutta.[vi]

Robert and Marianne’s daughter Sophia Amelia married Moring Agnew Bignell, Esq., of Calcutta. Following his death, she was married secondly on 20 January 1852 at Sunning-hill Church, Berkshire, to William Alexander Parker (1818-1886) of Edinburgh.[vii] Mr Parker went on to serve, in succession, as Chief Justice of the Gold Coast and Judicial Assessor to the native chiefs of the Gold Coast Protectorate, as Chief Justice of St Helena (1869-1875) and as Chief Justice of British Honduras (1875-1881).[viii]

Among the influential heads of Alexander and Company was James Young, a Benthamite, a merchant and a leading player in the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK). He served as an intermediary between Bentham and General Governor William Bentinck, and was tasked to ‘explain the details of Benthamite principles to the new Governor General.’ Was he a kinsman of William Young, Baron Lisgar, a director of the East India Company, whose mother was a McClintock?

At some point, Robert McClintock left Alexander and Company to become a partner in Fulton and Co. alongside Lisburn-born John Williamson Fulton (1769-1830).[ix] In November 1815, Robert M'Clintock, Esq. of the firm of Messrs. Mackintosh, Fulton and M'Clintock, and Mrs McClintock, were noted as passengers on board HS Ship Lord Melville sailing back for England.[x] Confusingly, the McClintocks are also noted as passengers bound for Europe on the Lord Melville in February 1816.[xi] In any case, this tallies with the proposal that Robert ‘returned to England’ but came back to India again and established the house of McClintock and Bell. Sure enough, on 25 March 1819, the Government Gazette (India) advised:

MR. ROBERT M’CLINTOCK begs to inform his Friends, and the Public that he proposes on the 1st of May next, to Establish himself again in business, as an Agent in Calcutta,1st March 1819

Directly above this notice was another notice of relevance:

The Partnerships carried on by and between LACHLAN MACKINTOSH, JOHN WILLIAMSON FULTON, ENEAS MACKINTOSH and ROBERT M'CLINTOCK, under the Firm of MACKINTOSHS, FULTON & M'CLINTOCK, until 30th April 1809, (when Mr. LACHLAN MACKINTOSH retired) and from that date until the retirement of Mr. ROBERT M'CLINTOCK, under the Firm of MACKINTOSH, FULTON and MACCLINTOCK, having respectively been dissolved : this Public are hereby informed, that since the dissolution of the last mentioned Partnership, JOHN WILLIAMSON FULTON, ENEAS MACKINTOSH, and JAMES CALDER, continue to carry on business as Agents at Calcutta, under the Firm of MACKINTOSH and Co. by whom all demands due to and from the abovementioned Partnerships, will be adjusted.

At some point, Robert had made so much money that he spent 10,000 rupees on a great chandelier and brass sconces which, I think, were installed at St. Paul's Cathedral in Kolkatta after his death.

The Bank of Hindostan failed in December 1832, following a crisis in Calcutta earlier that same year.

An obituary published in the Naval & Military Gazette & Weekly Chronicle of the United Service on Saturday 31 December 1836 hints that Robert took his own life, stating that ‘M'Clintock and Bell was unsuccessful, and involved him in difficulties from which he never recovered.’ He died in Calcutta on 28 August 1836, aged 67, and was buried at the North Park Street Cemetery. A note alongside his entry in the cemetery books remarks that he ‘here rests from the disasters in which his sun set.’[xii]

I suspect Robert was an older brother of Colonel James McClintock (1776-1821) who, as a lieutenant in the East India Company in 1798, raised the 2nd Battalion, 6th Regiment of Bombay Native Infantry, in Bombay (Mumbai). It evolved into the 112th Infantry in 1903 and then the 3rd Battalion, 4th Bombay Grenadiers in 1922. He died at Byculla, Bombay, on Saturday 14 April 1821 from inflammation of the bowels, aged 45.[xiii] Colonel McClintock’s wife Frances, a daughter of John Livingstone Martyn, was married secondly in 1823 to Sir William Hay Macnaghten, assassinated during the First Afghan War, and thirdly to the Marquess of Headfort.[xiv] She died in 1878.

I would love to establish how Robert and James McClintock fit into the plot but they would seem to be kinsmen of the Alexanders so the Dunmore branch fits the bill. Either one of them, or both, could be a son of Robert McClintock (nephew of Nathaniel Alexander, first cousin of the 1st Earl of Caledon) and his wife Alice Patton (1747-1823). Colonel Bob McClintock conceded that he did not know much about the Dunmore McClintocks. Burke’s LGI (1912) says Robert and Alice had 4 sons and a daughter but names neither a Robert nor a James. So, should Robert and / or James of India should both be there? If so, why were they disincluded?? Possible shame over Robert’s business and possible suicide? And, of course, it’s also speculation that Robert and James were brothers …

[i] So was Du Pre Alexander, the 2nd Earl of Caledon. See also https://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1820-1832/member/alexander-josias-du-pre-1771-1839
[ii] Downs, J. (1968). American Merchants and the China Opium Trade, 1800–1840. Business History Review, 42(4), 418-442. doi:10.2307/3112527
[iii] J.P. Gardiner was former partner of Procher, Redhead & Gardiner with Josias Du Pre Porcher and Thomas Redhead. He was a son of Samuel Wharf. Gardiner, Esq. of Coombe Lodge, a Deputy Lieutenant for Oxfordshire, only son and heir of Charles Wrighte Gardiner, Esq., for many years Military Secretary to the East Indian Government at Calcutta under Lord Hastings. They descended from the family of Gardiner, of which Stephen Gardiner was Secretary to Cardinal Wolsey and Bishop of Winchester temp. Henry VIII. and Chancellor of England in the reign of Queen Mary. I’m not sure if they connect to the other Gardiner families who married into the Bunbury and McClintock family.
[iv] Madras Courier - Tuesday 03 July 1810
[v] Calcutta Gazette - Thursday 11 June 1807
[vi] According to Vernon Charles and Paget Hodson’s 'List of the Officers of the Bengal Army, 1758-1834[ (Constable, 1946), p. 112, ‘his sister [married] Moring Agnew Bignell.’ (See https://books.google.ie/books?id=euA5AQAAIAAJ&dq=%22bignell%22+mcclintock&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=%22bignell%22 … I can’t access the whole page).
[vii] MARRIED. Jan. 20, at Sunning-hill Church, William Alexander Parker, Esq., of Edinburgh, to Sophia Amelia, widow of Moring Agnew Bignell, Esq., of Calcutta. (Berkshire Chronicle - Saturday 31 January 1852)
[viii] The Solicitor’s Journal, 21 August 1886, Obituary: Mr William Alexander Parker, late Chief Justice of British Honduras, died in Jersey on the 27th ult. Mr Parker was the eldest son of Mr John Parker, solicitor, of Edinburgh and was born in 1818. He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy, and at the University of Edinburgh, and he was admitted a member of the Faculty of Advocates in Scotland in 1853. In 1866 he was appointed Chief Justice of the Gold Coast and Judicial Assessor to the native chiefs of the Gold Coast Protectorate. He was Chief Justice of St Helena from 1869 till 1875 when he was appointed Chief Justice of British Honduras and in 1881, after fifteen years judicial service in the colonies, he retired on a pension. Mr . Parker was married in 1852 to the widow of Mr . Moring Bignell , daughter of Mr Robert McClintock. His only son Mr Frederick Hardyman Parker was called to the bar at the Middle Temple in June 1880 and practises in British Honduras He was buried at St Martin’s Church Gorey Jersey on the 30th ult.'
Notes of relevance:
MARRIAGES. Caulfield and Parker—May 22, at the church of St. Mary, Belsize, Central America, by the Rev. A. Sullivan, Incumbent, James Edward Wilmot-Smyth Caulfield, Lieutenant 2nd West Indian Regiment, to Sophia Morley, only daughter of William Alexander Parker, Advocate, Chief Justice, and Judge of the Vice-Admiralty Court, British Honduras. Dublin Weekly Nation - Saturday 08 July 1876
James E.W.S Caulfield is the author of 100 Years' History of the 2nd West India Regiment 1795-1892. He commanded the battalion from 29 June 1891 to 24 February 1892. He was best man when Mr Wilmot Smith of Balynantye Hall, County Limerick.
Lieutenant William Talbot McClintock Caulfeild, the eldest son of Colonel J. E. Caulfeild 'lost his life while on duty in the military balloon 'Thrasher', May 28th 1907 in the 28th year of his age.’ Lieutenant Caulfeild, Royal Engineers was killed along with fellow Officer, Lieutenant Martin-Leake, RAMC, whilst demonstrating to King Edward VII and Prince Fushimi of Japan, the military balloon ‘Thrasher’, at Farnborough. The balloon headed SW and was last seen close to Abbotsbury, near Weymouth only 40 feet from the ground. On 31 May the trawler ‘Skylark’ picked up the remains of the balloon, 8 miles off the coast of Exmouth. The bodies of the balloonists were recovered from the sea some weeks later - Lieutenant Caulfeild from West Bay on 23rd June and Lieutenant Martin-Leake on 29th June off the coast of Burton Bradstock. Lieutenant Caulfeild was buried at Aldershot Military Cemetery, Hampshire. (https://www.flickr.com/photos/135768186@N08/32009884498/)
[ix] Theodore Cracraft, author of ‘Memoirs of the Fultons of Lisburn’, notes that Robert was born in the same year as JW Fulton and suggests Robert was a Lisburn man - https://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/theodore-cracraft-hope/memoirs-of-the-fultons-of-lisburn-epo/page-10-memoirs-of-the-fultons-of-lisburn-epo.shtml
[x] Government Gazette (India) - Thursday 23 November 1815.
[xi] Government Gazette (India) - Thursday 08 February 1816
[xii] Memorial number 333 at the North Park Street Cemetery : Sacred to the memory of Robert McClintock, Esquire, who died in Calcutta, 28th August 1836, age 67 years. A note adds: For the aged merchant prince, who presented this great chandelier and brass sconces at a cost of Rs.10,000 to the old Cathedral, here rests from the disasters in which his sun set.” (Vol. I, Indian Monumental Inscriptions, edited by C. R. Wilson, M.A., issued by the Government Press, Calcutta, 1896, p. 95)
An obituary published in the Naval & Military Gazette and Weekly Chronicle of the United Service on Saturday 31 December 1836 hints that Robert took his own life:It is with much regret that we announce the death of Robert M'Clintock. Esq,, at Calcutta, on the 28th Aug., very generally and deservedly lamented. Mr. M‘Clintock came to India in the year 1796, and entered as partner in the house of Alexander and Co. We next find him as member of the firm Fulton and Co., some time after which he returned to England. Upon his return to India, he established the house of M'Clintock and Bell, which was unsuccessful, and involved him in difficulties from which he never recovered. —Bengal Hurkaru, 1st Sept.
[xiii] Sun (London) - Wednesday 17 October 1821.
[xiv] See Marquess of Headfort at http://www.19thcenturyphotos.com/Marquess-of-Headfort-125454.htm ... MacNaghten had Clogher roots - https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0001669/18420319/056/0002


William McClintock (1773-1825) of Dunmore

Captain Robert and Alice McClintock's third son William McClintock was born in 1773. He is assumed to be the William McClintock of Greencastle mentioned in three of the Haslett Deeds. The first two deeds are dated 1 and 2 January 1802 (360457, 360458) in which Archibald Haslett of Whitehill, County Donegal, purchased Kildrum Lower for £5,550 and then mortgaged it for £3,550; William is named on both deeds, alongside the Rev. Richard Babington and Rev. Samuel Montgomery. These four men are also named on a deed of 1 January 1817 (488228), along with the Rev. Andrew Hamilton, in which Haslett paid £1776 to to prevent the sale of Kildrum Lower and Hamilton too over the mortgage. Robert McClintock of Dunmore was also named on the 1802 deed. This information comes via Earl Haslett, author of 'Along the River Foyle – A Haslett (Hazlett) Family of Ulster’ (1997), p. 82-84.

During his 20s, William appears to have impregnated a young lady on at least two occasions. In 1904, his grandson, Colonel William McClintock, wrote to his cousin Emory McClintock and spoke of correspondence between young William and his father, Captain Robert McClintock. The letters concern the education and clothing of two young boys, William and James, born circa 1798, who are assumed to have been the illegitimate offspring of this romance. The suggestion is that 'William was an idle boy, and that James was clever'. The younger William seems to have been apprenticed to some trade in Derry in 1817, but there is no further record of him. James was at college in Dublin in 1817. On 6th July 1823, a charge was made for his 'outfit for America', and for a sum of money given to him at the same time. When the Independence docked at Philadelphia on 25 Sep 1823 from England, on board was James McClintock 25 years of age. The fate of James McClintock or his brother William is at present unknown. (15)

On 8th March 1802, William McClintock married Catherine Ramage. She bore him two sons - Robert, his heir, and Benjamin McClintock (who died unmarried in 1827) and a daughter Margaret McClintock (who married John Gage Ball, Rector of Killea, in 1840).

By 1807, with both his brothers John and Andrew in their graves, William realized he was next in line for Dunmore.

Catherine McClintock, William's wife, died on 30th May 1810.

Could this have been the same man as W. McClintock, sheriff of the City Gaol in Londonderry, whose names crops up in the papers of the Chief’s Secretary’ Office between 1819 and 1820, along with his fellow sheriff Dominick Knox. For instance, on 16 Feb 1820 they sent a two page letter to the Charles Grant, Chief Secretary (CSO/RP/1820/810) reporting that four jail escapees charged with the murder of Henry Hagan had been recaptured and were being held temporarily in Lifford Gaol, County Donegal. The letter indicates that the four men were apprehended within a few miles of Strabane, County Tyrone. Six days later, on 22 Feb 1820, Knox and McClintock, sheriffs, sent an 11-page letter (CSO/RP/1820/812) to the Chief Secretary reporting on the investigation into the escape of the prisoners and recounting the Grand Jury’s declaration ‘that the Gaol was insufficient in point of security, extent and accommodation’ and proposal of a replacement building. Three of the recaptured prisoners were named as Marcus Doherty, John Walls and Patrick Walls. The letter also enclosed affidavits of William Waugh and Joseph Walker, assistant gaolers, outlining the means employed by prisoners to effect escape from prison. As if to highlight the urgent need of a new gaol, McClintock and Knox’s next letter (CSO/RP/1820/815), dated 8th May 1820, was a 2 page report on two new jail escapees, Robert Acheson and John McCarron, who ‘have been apprehended within this last week and are now lodged safe with us’.

William succeeded his father at Dunmore in April 1820. One wonders what his character was like or why did his younger brother Thomas and so many other McClintocks emigrate to Philadelphia in the next three years?

TO be LET, for such Term as may be agreed on, the FLOUR and CORK MlLLS of CARRIGANS, with a large airy Granary, two good Kilns, Houses for Clerk and Miller, and three acres of Land attached. The Flour Mill is high and extensive, as well as the Granary, has three Pair of Stones, with suitable Machinery, and can be put in working order at little expense.
The situation is one of the most eligible in the North of Ireland, being on the North-West Bank of the Foyle, within four miles of Derry, eight of Strabane, Lifford, and and convenient to other large Towns. Large Vessels can, with the greatest safety, come up and discharge their cargoes, which, with boats, can be brought to the Mill door; and the Flour, &c. can be sent from thence to Derry and Strabane, by water. The situation would answer for a Distillery, Breweryor Bleach-green.
If required, the Tenant can be accommodated with a good Dwelling-house and Offices, and any quantity of Land, up to twenty acres, at a fair value.
Proposals (free of postage) will be received by the Proprietor, Wm. M‘Clintock, Esq., or by M. Gallagher, (both of Dunmore,) who will give immediate possession, on a fair Rent being agreed for, by a good Tenant.
Dunmore, (near Derry,) Sept. 1823.
The Dublin Mercantile Advertiser, and Weekly Price Current - Monday 06 October 1823

William's reign at Dunmore lasted just five years and he died on 17th February 1825. 'On the 17th ult, in the 53rd year of his age, William M'Clintock, of Dunmore, County Donegal, Esq.' (Enniskillen Chronicle and Erne Packet, 3 March 1825) (16)

It has also been mooted that William fathered another natural child, namely Mary Jane McClintock (1807-1863), who emigrated to Canada in the early 1820s when she was between 13 and 17 years old. She is said to have emigrated because she disagreed with her father's marriage plans for her. She married John Alex Quigley (1781-1870), who was 26 years her senior. He actually adopted the McClintock surname because of the status it bestowed upon him and their ten children, born between 1823 and 1848. Mary Jane's grave in Breadalbane Cemetery, Utica, Ontario spells her surname 'McClintick.' [Sylvia's mother once told her that McClintock was pronounced McClintick in the old days ...]. This potential link was proposed to me in March 2021 by a descendant of John Alex Quigley McClintock named Ian McClintock from Surrey, British Columbia.


Robert McClintock of Dunmore (1804-1859)

William and Catherine McClintock's heir Robert was born on 13th December 1804 and went onto be a Justice of the Peace for Counties Donegal and Londonderry, as well as Deputy Lieutenant and High Sheriff (1835) for Co. Donegal. It seems likely it was either him or his heir Robert who is listed on an undated map of Dunmore, which also shows Prospect Hill (home to Arthur and Jilly Porter, 2018) right beside Dunmore House. Prospect Hill is mentioned on a map of 1777.

On 30 December 1833, Robert was married at St Mark's Church, Armagh, to Margaret Macan, third daughter of Robert Macan of Ballynahone House, Armagh. (17) They were married at St. Mark's Church, Armagh, by the Rev. William Lodge. Margaret bore him four sons and six daughters.

The eldest son Robert McClintock was born in 1838 and succeeded to Dunmore in 1859. See below.

The second son, Colonel William McClintock, was born in 1841 and succeeded to Dunmore in 1899. See below.

The third son Major Benjamin McClintock was born on 27th August 1843, served in the Shropshire Light Infantry (53rd Regt) and died on 8th July 1911.

The fourth son, Charles McClintock was born on 15th June 1849 and died unmarried on 27th October 1885.

The eldest daughter was Letitia McClintock (1835-1917), a writer and collector of folklore whose writings were an influential source for W B Yeats who included some of her Donegal fairy-lore stories in his Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry (1888). Her works include 'A Boycotted Household' (an anti-Land League novel), 'A Donegal Fairy' and 'Far Darrig in Donegal'. In 2015, May McClintock of New Mills, Letterkenny, wrote to say that she had found another 'Big House' novel by Letitia called 'Alice's Pupil', printed in Scotland in the 1880s, and set between Donegal and Letterkenny. 'The staff all speak in the Donegal accent,' wrote May, 'Letitia obviously did not trust them, nor did she appreciate Catholics. A new rector and his family arrive to "bring them to Jesus" and succeeed.' At the time of the 1901 census Letitia was staying with her sister Alice Smyth; at the 1911 census, she was with her youngest sister Isabel Barton.

The second daughter Alice McClintock (b. 1836) married John Acheson Smyth, eldest son of Ross T. Smyth, Esq., of Ardmore, Co Derry, on 17th April 1860. She died on 24th July 1874.

The third daughter Margaret Elizabeth McClintock (b. 1840) married Holt Waring Esq., 88th Connaught Rangers, second son of Major Henry Waring, of Waringstown, county Down, on 20th May 1862.

The fourth daughter Emma McClintock (b. 1845) married John Goold Adams, Archdeacon of Derry, and rector of Clonleigh, on 23 September 1878.

The fifth daughter Anna Mary McClintock (b. 1847) married Henry Stevenson on 27 Jun 1876.

The sixth and youngest daughter Isabel McClintock (b. 1856) married Baptist Johnston Barton on 29 Jul 1875.

Margaret died in 1893 and Robert died aged 55 on 6th December 1859. For more see here.

Robert McClintock (1838-1899)

Upon his death in 1859, Robert McClintock was succeeded by his first-born son, 21-year-old Robert McClintock. Born on 27th June 1838, this man was also a JP and High Sheriff (1878). In 1976, the Dunmore estate amounted to some 1977 acres. On 19th October 1881, he married Jessie McLeod Alexander. He died on 24th April 1899, leaving three daughters, and Dunmore passed to his younger brother, Colonel William McClintock.

Hilda Margaret McClintock, the eldest of Robert's daughters, was born on 25th November 1883 and married Frederick Ernest Grubb on 24th January 1906.

Hilda was followed by twin girls born on 17th February 1884 - Vera and Madeline. The youngest twin, Madeline McClintock died aged 26 on 2nd February 1910. The elder twin, Vera McClintock, was married ten months later to Richard Grubb on 12 December 1910.

Colonel William McClintock (1841 - 1912)

Colonel William McClintock was born on 16th May 1841, entered the Army in 1860, a year after his fathers death. He served with the Royal Artillery. From 1892 to 1894, he served as Superintendent of the Royal Gunpowder Factory at Waltham Abbey. He retired in 1895 and succeeded his brother at Dunmore two years later. He was deputy lieutenant and a magistrate of County Donegal and acted as High Sheriff in 1903. He was married first on 15th May 1873 to Elizabeth Esther, daughter of Mr Samuel Lyle of Oaks Lodge, Londonderry.

Their son Robert Lyle McClintock was born the following year. Elizabeth seems to have died soon afterwards for Colonel McClintock was married secondly on 27th August 1877 to Isabella, daughter of Mr George FitzMaurice, RN. He died of inflammation of the lungs on Monday October 13th 1912 at Dunmore aged 71. (18)

Colonel Robert Lyle McClintock (1876 - 1943)

Robert Lyle McClintock was born on 26th March 1874. He was educated at Wellington College and entered the Army as Second Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers on 25 July 1893, rising to Lieutenant exactly five years later. He served with the Niger Expeditionary Force, 1897-1898, including the Illah Expedition. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 2 January 1900] and received the Medal with clasp. He distinguished himself during the South African War (1899-1902), serving on the Staff, and was slightly wounded during the Defence of Kimberley.

He took part in operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900, including actions at Poplar Grove and Driefontein. He was in the Orange River Colony from May to November 1903, taking part in the action at Wittebergen. He was also involved in operations in the Orange River Colony and Cape Colony, 1900-02. He was again mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 8 May 1900]; received the Queen's Medal with three clasps, 'Defence of Kimberley', 'Driefontein', and 'Wittebergen', the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished. Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April 1901]: "Robert Lyle McClintock, Lieutenant, Royal Engineers. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by Lieutenant General Sir C. Tucker, KCB, 9 November 1901. He became Captain on 1st April 1904, and was given the Brevet of Major 2 April 1904.

He was married on 11th November 1908 to Jennie Casson Walker, daughter of Sir George Casson -Walker, KCSI, Assistant Minister of Finance to His Highness the Nizam of Hyderabad's Government. She is sometimes described as Jeanie Margaret Casson Walker.

He succeeded his father at Dunmore in 1912.

During the Great War, he commanded the Sappers and Miners at Bangalore and saw much active service in Tanganyika. He is hailed as the inventor of the Bangalore Torpedo. He was given the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel 1 January 1917, and created a CMG, 1916.

Robert and Jennie had one son, Lieutenant William McClintock, Royal Artillery, born in 1913 who was paralysed in a riding accident in the 1930s. In a tragedy of immense proportions, Jennie shot William dead in the walled garden at Dunmore and then shot herself. When William's fiancée Helen Macworth came upon the bodies, she too shot herself. Colonel Robert McClintock died in 1943 and with him the male line of this branch died out. Dunmore was sold, 220 years after it first came into the family.

Irish News Sept 27 1938: Tragic Donegal bride-to-be is buried in her wedding dress
LIEUTENANT William George McClintock (24), his fiancé, Miss Helen Macworth (22) of Sidmouth, Devon, who were to be married yesterday and Mrs McClintock, his mother, were buried in the parish churchyard at Carrigans, near Derry yesterday. Mother and son were interred in the McClintock family grave and Miss Macworth close by.
Miss Macworth was in her bridal gown and the bridal bouquet was placed on her coffin.Mrs McClintock shot her son, who had been crippled in a hunting-field accident, and then herself.
Miss Macworth, finding her fiancé dead, shot herself.
Quietly and with only a few people as mourners, apart from the half dozen family members, the funeral took place from Dunmore House, Carrigans, Co Donegal yesterday. Mr McClintock and Miss Macworth were to have been married yesterday afternoon at Dunmore House.The wedding cake, prepared for the celebration, was given back to the family cook who had made it and all signs of festivity had been removed.The coffins, which were conveyed in Individual hearses to the parish church at Carrigans, were carried up the aisle by estate workers. In a seat close to the remains were Colonel McClintock, the 65-yearold veteran of the Boer War and Great War, with bowed head, and District Inspector Landale, Antrim. His wife's nephew.
Women present wept as the coffins were carried out of the church to the burial ground, the organist playing How Brightly Those Glorious Spirits Shine.The colonel, who had kept up bravely during the last couple of days, broke down and wept as the coffins were being lowered into the graves.
No member of the family of Miss Macworth attended.Other mourners included Mr Bertram Barton (cousin), Mr James Stevenson DL. Banagher (relative) and Lt Col Gledstanes DL.The service was conducted by the Rev David Kelly BA, rector of Glendermott who was to have officiated at the wedding.As the coffins were carried out by estate workers to the burial ground adjoining, the organist played The Sands of Time Are Sinking.The graves had been lined with asters, sweetpea, laurels and ivy, a service voluntarily performed by tenants of Carrigans village which is on the Dunmore estate.
In a reference at the service, Rev Mr Kelly referred to Mrs McClintock's work for the Protestant Orphan Society and foreign missions, and added in reference to the triple deaths: "This was a tragedy. A triumph of love. The bond of love was stronger than the thread of life."

The Times Obituary: Sir George Casson Walker

Sir George died Casson Walker aged 71 in Hove in April 1925. 'Born on July 9th 1854, he was the son of the Rev Joseph Walker and Catherine Mary, daughter of Admiral Sir William F Carroll, KCB. He was a scholar of Winchester, and went up to New College, Oxford, and took a first class in Mathematical Moderations. Passing the Indian Civil Service examinations in 1875, he was posted to the Punjab, where he arrived early in 1878. he had the good fortune in one so young (assisted by his linguistic aptitude) to go up to Kabul for nine months in the closing stages of the second Afghan War as assistant political officer. He had his first experience of the work of the Financial Department of the Government of India soon after, being Assistant Accountant-General, forts in his own province and then in Bengal. Later he alternated between an under-secretaryship at the head of the Indian Government and settlement and district works in the Punjab.

He was Commissioner of Excise there when, in 1901, Lord Curzon singled him out for the formidable task of attempting to straighten out the tangled and embarrassed finances of Hyderabad. The late Nizam asked for the loan of an experienced officer and accordingly, Walker went to the premier Indian State 'on deputation' as Comptroller-General. Certain stipulations had been made as to the measure of independent judgment he was to exercise and within a few months he was given the position of Assistant Minister of Finance. In his recent statement of claim for the rendition of Berar, the present Nizam states that in the famous confidential interview with his father on the subject of a permanent lease of the Province, Lord Curzon brought into the discussion the question of the designation and powers of the lent Financial Adviser (ie: Walker) and 'went to the length of saying that if his suggestions were not given effect to, he would recall that officer'.

Walker continued his work in Hyderabad until his retirement from the Indian Civil Service in July 1911, and indeed, for some months longer. The finances of the State were completely reorganised and placed on a sounder footing. The present Nizam, who succeeded just as it was time for Walker to leave the Service, found, to his keen satisfaction, an effective system of financial administration, which has since been developed by Mr M Hydari, the present Finance Minister. Walker, who had received the CSI in 1906, came home with the knighthood of the Order.

He settled at Hove, where he served on the magisterial bench. He married in 1883, Fanny, daughter of Dr Samuel Coates, and she received the Kaiser-I-Hind Medal in 1910 for services in connexion with the Hyderabad floods. They had a family of one son and three daughters, one of whom is the wife of Lieut-Col R.L. McClintock, of the Royal Engineers who served with great distinction in the South African War.' (19)

The McFarlands of Dunmore

After Colonel Robert McClintock's death, Dunmore was sold to Sir Basil McFarland, 2nd Bart. He was the only child of Sir John McFarland, 1st Bart, Mayor of Londonderry 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912; High Sheriff of Londonderry (1904) and Co. Derry (1905), a member of the Port & Harbour Commission, JP for Co's Londonderry & Donegal, Chairman of Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway. Born 15 Sept 1848, making him a direct contemporary of 2nd Baron Rathdonnell (1848 - 1929), Sir John supported Home Rule for Liberals and was created a Baronet on 23 Jan 1914. He was promised a peerage for his support, alongside Kitchener and others, but after the bill was passed, he was given a baronetcy anyway). On 15th May 1893, he married Annie Talbot (who d. 13 Oct 1939), 2nd daughter of John Talbot, JP, of Terryglass, Co. Tipperary, and Londonderry. Sir John died on 28th May 1926 aged 78 and was succeeded by his only child, Basil.

Sir Basil Alexander Talbot McFarland, 2nd Bart, of Aberfoyle, Londonderry, was born on 18th Feb 1888. He was educated at Bedford School and served in the Great War with the Artists Rifles. He played International Rugby for Ireland from 1920 - 1922. His career positions include Chairman of Lanes (Derry) Ltd., Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway Co. ; and John Corbett & Sons, Londonderry Port & Harbour Commissioners, Londonderry Gaslight Co., Belfast Banking Co. Ltd., Belfast Bank Executors & Trustees Ltd., Chairman of Londonderry branch of St. John's Ambulance Association, Commissioner of Irish Lights, member of Northern Ireland Air Advisory Council, Chairman of Alexander Thompson & Co Ltd; member of London Midland Area Board of British Transport Commission from 1955 - 57. Council TA and AF Assocn (Territorial Army & Air Force?). He was ADC (additional) to the Queen. He was High Sheriff of the City of Londonderry from 1930 - 1938 and of Co. Londonderry in 1952. HM Lieut for Londonderry, Mayor of L'dery 1939 and 1945 - 50. Hon Freeman of Londonderry. Senator of N. Ireland 1945 - 50. Hon. Col. Of 246 (M) HAA Regt RA (TA) and 245 (M) LAA Regt. RA (TA), Chairman of Co. Londonderry T & AFA, Commanding Officer of Londonderry Home Guard, served in WW2 and mentioned in despatches. CBE (1954), ERD (1954). He succeeded his father in 1926.


Sir Basil married (1) on 10 Sept 1924 Annie Kathleen Henderson (d. 26 Feb 1952), 2nd dau of Andrew Henderson of Parkville, Whiteabbey, Belfast, (anything to Hendersons of Belfast Newsletter fame?) mother to the present Sir John and his elder sister Annie Maureen (b. 27 Sept 1926). He m (2) 1955 Mary Eleanor, 2nd dau of late William Dougan of St. James Street, Londonderry. He was a member of the Bath, Kildare St (Dublin), Ulster (Belfast) and Northern Counties (L'derry) Clubs.

Dunmore House was home to the wonderful Sir John MacFarland, 3rd Bart, who passed away in 2020.


With thanks to the late Col. R.S. McClintock, Jack McClintic, May McClintock, Sylvia McClintock, Dave Smylie, Sir John MacFarland, Stevo MacFarland, Frank McGurk, Dermot Kennedy, John Stimpson, Adrian Stevenson, Cheryl Moir and others.



Captain Andrew Alexander: Notes on his Life, his Ancestry, and his Descendants, by the Rev. Wilfrid Abbott, M.A. (Londonderry Sentinel, 12 October 1946)


For some reason that we have been unable to fathom, all compilers of the pedigree of Andrew Alexander's family and all writers on the subject are agreed that Nathaniel Alexander (1689-1761) of Broom Hall [i] and The Diamond, Londonderry, was John Alexander's second son, and that his brother, John Alexander, junior (1695-1766) of Ballyclose, Limavady, was the eldest son.

Dr. Rogers is determined that his readers will have no doubts in the matter. He states on page 100 of the second volume of the Memorials:—

'John, eldest son of John Alexander of Ballyclose, was born in 1695.''

On page 104 he states:—

"Nathaniel Alexander, second son of John Alexander of Ballyclose and Gunsland, and grandson of Captain Andrew Alexander, was born in 1689."

We can only surmise that Dr. Rogers was thinking in terms of the [word unclear? BC?]

The dates of birth are quite correct. We have verified them from tombstone inscriptions. Nathaniel was buried in St. Augustine's Churchyard, Londonderry. He died on 22nd September, 1761, aged seventy-two. John is buried in Drumachose Churchyard with his father. On the tombstone recording his father's death there is the additional inscription:—

John Alexander, his son, who died in the year 1766, aged 71.

Dr. Rogers seems to have suffered from an anti-primogenital comp[??] - or an antipathy to eldest sons—for he seeks not only to pull down Alexander from his position of Andrew's first-born, but he treats Jacob's eldest son, Jacob junior, in like manner, declaring on page 165 of the Memorials (Vol. II.) that James Alexander was the eldest brother, and professes to know not Jacob.

In the case of the Jacobs, it may have been the name Jacob (a supplanter) that made him suspicious of the Jacobean pretensions, but such misgivings, surely, could not have obtained in the case of Nathaniel—called after (if slightly misspelt) an Israelite in whom there was no guile!


Born in 1689, Nathaniel Alexander entered upon life in a troubled year. But it was also a glorious year in our Ulster history. We can see Andrew's influence in the choice of the name, which, like Jacob, seems to have been chosen simply because it was a Biblical name. Nathaniel went to Londonderry, where he adopted a business career. He became a Burgess of the City in 1740, and was elected an Alderman in 1755. He married Elizabeth, second daughter of William McClintock of Dunmore, County Donegal. They had a family of five sons and six daughters. Rogers places the sons in the order—William, Robert. James, John and Nathaniel. The Deed of February 10, 1728-9 (previously referred to) between William Conolly and John Alexander, jun. (1695-1766), however, gives the latter a lease of "Shoue-Makers Close in Rathbreedymore" [ii] "during the natural lives of William Alexander, fourth son of Captain John Alexander, sen., of Newtownlimavady, John Alexander, eldest son to Mr. Nathaniel Alexander of Londonderry, merchant, and Robert Alexander, third son of said Nathaniel Alexander." As James Alexander was born in 1730, the names, consequently, should be placed in the order—John, William, Robert, James and Nathaniel. John and Nathaniel died young.

Of the six daughters all but two died young. One of them, Rebecca, married Josias Du Pre of Wilton Park, Bucks. Du Pre had been the intimate friend of Rebecca's brother, James Alexander, out in India, and Prebendary Robert Alexander, [iii] the Primate's father, relates in his Memoirs that the family tradition was that there they agreed each to marry the other's sister when they returned home, but when that day came Du Pre's only sister was dead. Du Pre, in any case, found Alexander's sister Rebecca, unwed, and married her in 1766. One of their daughters married General Sir Terence O'Loughlin (c. 1764-1843), sometimes O'Loghlin, who commanded the 1st Regiment of Life Guards in the Peninsula War in 1806, and later the Household Cavalry. A more detailed account of General O'Loughlin is here. (Thanks to Phil Redman)

Rebecca's only surviving sister had by that time been twice married. There seems to be some uncertainty as to her Christian name. Prebendary Alexander calls her Jane, Burke calls her Elizabeth, Betham calls her Mary, Rogers calls her Mary Jane. Her first husband was Joseph Weld, of Londonderry, son of the Rev. Nathaniel Weld. The marriage took place in 1750. Weld died in 1758. There were two daughters of the marriage, the Misses Weld, who lived all their lives in Londonderry. Four years after Weld's death his widow married Hamilton McClure of Dublin. By this marriage there was an only daughter, who married John William Foster of Fane Valley, County Louth. A daughter of this latter marriage, Louisa Jane Foster, married in 1819 the Very Rev. Thomas Plunket, Dean of Down, who became Bishop of Tuam in 1839, when, under the terms of the Church Temporalities Act of 1833, the former Archdiocese was reduced to the lesser status of an ordinary Episcopal See. His Lordship, who was the eldest son of Baron Plunket, Lord Chancellor of Ireland, was afterwards second Baron. There were four daughters of the marriage—Catherine, Emily, Mary and Louisa.

Of Nathaniel Alexander's three surviving sons—William, Robert and James—William went to Cambridge, where he studied Law, and was called to the Bar. He afterwards went to London, where he forsook the Law for a business career. In his Will, dated 30th June, 1773, he is described as a merchant, and his residence is given as Cateaton Street, London. He married Charlotte, daughter of Messenger Monsey, M.D., of Mulberton, Norfolkihire, on 1st January, 1753. They had a family of eleven. Their names were, in order of age—Charlotte, Monsey, Elizabeth, Anne, William, John, Jemima, Rebecca, Catherine, Robert and Mary. They are given in this order, with the exception of those of the eldest son, Monsey, and the youngest child, Mary, whose names are omitted,[iv] in their father's Will,[v] which shows that Rogers (who apparently had access to the Family Bible [vi] is correct and Prebendary Alexander wrong where they differ. William Alexander, senior, died in 1774, and was buried in the Churchyard of St. Lawrence, Jewry, London, W.

Monsey Alexander, the eldest son, was born in 1756. He entered University College, Oxford, on 23rd November, 1773, at the age of 17. [vii] He graduated in 1777. Ordained about the year 1780, he was a curate in the English Church for some 5 years. In 1785, probably through the influence of his uncle, Alderman Robert Alexander, of Broom Hall, Londonderry, he, was appointed by Bishop Hervey,[viii] Earl of Bristol, to succeed Gardiner Young as Rector of Moville Lower. He married Susanna, daughter of James McClintock of Trintagh, County Donegal. He died in 1790 at the early age of 34.

William, the second son, was drowned while bathing in a river at the Caledon Demesne when on a visit to his Uncle James, then Baron Caledon. He was then living in Dublin, and prior to this visit had made his Will. (It is dated December 5, 1791). He was then only about 30 years of age. Extracts from the Will, which was rather remarkable, are given by Dr. Rogers. The explanation of his making his Will at this early age may have been that he had a strong presentiment of his death, but a study of the passages quoted by Dr. Rogers suggests a mind somewhat unbalanced, and the death by drowning may not have been as accidental as Prebendary Alexander supposes.[ix]

John, the third son, died unmarried.

Robert, the youngest son, was born in 1771. He went to India in the service of the East India Company, and was member of Council at Madras. He was twice married. His first wife was a Miss Williams. The only child of the marriage, James William, died unmarried in India in 1836. By his second wife, Grace, daughter of the Rev. St. John Blacker, LL.D., Prebendary of Inver, County Donegal, he had a son, Robert, and two daughters, Charlotte and Mary. On his return from India Robert Alexander, senior, resided in Gloucester Place, London. Towards the end of his life he lost his sight. He died at Yalding, near Maidstone, Kent.

Of William Alexander's daughters, Charlotte, the eldest, was born in 1754 and died unmarried in 1829. Elizabeth, born in 1758, died unmarried in 1840. Anne (b. 1759) married William Dalton and died childless in 1840. Jemima (b. 1764) married in 1789 the Rev. John Edmund Rolfe, Rector of Cranworth, Thetford, Norfolkshire, first cousin of England's renowned Admiral, Horatio Nelson. Their son, son Robert Mounsley Rolfe, became successively Solicitor-General, Baron of the Exchequer (1839), Vice-Chancellor and Lord Justice of Appeal. Created Baron Cranworth in 1850, he was appointed Lord High Chancellor of England in 1852.[x] He died in 1868.


[i] Broom Hall was the name of the Alexander residence in the suburbs of Derry until early in the 19th century. It is shown on Taylor and Skinner's Map of 1777, as "Broomhall," with the name "Alexander, Seq"underneath. In the Register of the Royal School, Armagh (edited by Major Ferrar) we find on page 17 the following entry: "Robert Alexander. Born 17 September, 1795, eldest son of Major-General William Alexander of Broomhall." The name was sometimes written Broomhall, sometimes Broom Hall.

[ii] Shoe Maker's Close. It was situated near what was then known as "The Green," now Catherine Street.

[iii] Prebendary Robert Alexander (1795-1872) in his Family History. page 6. describes Lord Plunket erroneously as Bishop of Cashel. The con fusion is natural, as Cashel was reduced to an Episcopal See at the same time as Tuam.

[iv] The omission of Monsey's name—and that some five months before he entered Oxford (University College)—whs probably due to his grandfather, Dr. Messenger Monsey, having undertaken to finance him—perhaps to make him his heir. As Robert was born in 1771, Mary was probably not born when the Will was made.

[v] Our authority for the Will is Betham's Genealogical Abstract of Prerogative Wills in the Public Record Office, Dublin.

[vi] The fact that Rogers gives the dates of births shows that he had either access to the Family Bible or else consulted the Baptismal Registers. Rogers was then residing in London (Grampian Lodge, Forest Hill, S.E.), and perhaps he was given access to the Baptismal Registers in St. Lawrence's Church, Jewry.

[vii] See Alumni Oxonienses, page 14. Monsey Alexander was educated at Harrow (1770-71). Se:- Harrow School Register (1571-1800), page 51, where it is stated that he was "distinguished for classical scholarship. coupled with a love of disputation inherited from his celebrated maternal grandfather, Dr. Monsey."

[viii] With regard to, the statement made by Dr. Rogers and others that Bishop Hervey brought Monsey Alexander over with him as his chaplain, it is sufficient to point out that Monsey was 12 years old in March, 1768, when Bishop Hervey was enthroned in Derry Cathedral.

[ix] In his Will William refers to his coming "departure for a strange country." As he was residing in Dublin at the time, it is obvious that he was not referring to County Tyrone.

[x] The title must have lapsed through default of Male issue either in 1868 or in the next generation, for in January, 1899, Robert Thornhagh Gurdon, M.P., was createdBaron Cranworth, of Lefton and Cranworth, Norfolk.


GENERAL Footnotes

1. For details of this and other early McClintock of Dunmore wills, look at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~jackmcclintic/donegal.html

2. Deed No. 6303 Irish registry office, dated 20 Nov 1710, between Andrew Hamilton, archdeacon of Raphoe in County Donegal of one part and William McClintock of Dunmore in said County, gentl. For 340 pounds conveys to William McClintock the corn mill in Carrickins containing four acres in the possession of Archibald McClintock and Ambrosse McCarter and also two tenemt. in the said town of Carrickins in possession of Archibald McClintock and Ambrosse McCarter. Wit: John McCausland and William Patterson of Strabane, William Harvey of Inclick. Signed and sealed in the presence of John, William Harvey and And[rew] McClintock.

3. There is also a John Harvey who married Rose McClintock, daughter of Robert of Castrues.

4. She was the second daughter of James Craufurd of Craufurdsburn, Co. Down, by Mabel, sister and heiress of Arthur Johnson and daughter of Hugh Johnson.
5. This was one of 18 Irish peerages conferred on persons who already possessed a peerage in Ireland and received a new one on the last day before the Act of Union. The Complete Peerage, G.E.C., Volume III, Appendix H. In "England and the English" by Price Collier (1910), a book exposing the humble origins of many English peers, Caledon is labelled as a rich parvenu from India who "buys a seat and becomes Earl of Caledon".
6. The 1st Earl of Caledon was succeeded by his only son, Du Pre Alexander, born 1778, an old Etonian and graduate of Christ Church College, Oxford. Du Pre filled the family borough as MP for Newtonards in the last Irish Parliament from January - December 1800. Sheriff of Armagh in 1801, he was elected a representative peer of Ireland in 1804 and stood as Lord Lieutenant for Co. Tyrone from 1831 until his death. He was Governor of the Cape of Good Hope from July 1806 to 1811, being the first Governor after the former Dutch province's cession to Britain. A district and town in the Crown Colony are named after him On 16th October 1811, the 33 year old former Governor waltzed up the aisle of St. James's in Westminster to marry Catherine Freeman, second daughter and co-heiress of Philip Yorke, 3rd Earl of Hardwicke. Her mother was Elizabeth Lindsay, daughter of James Lindsay, 3rd Earl of Balcarres. Catherine came with a large dowry and the result was Inigo Jones got the call up to design the Alexander's lovely house at Tittenhanger near St. Alban's. Du Pre died at Caledon House on 8th April 1839, aged 61, and his will was proven that August showing a fortune of approximately £140,000. His widow, born April 1786, baptized at Marleybone, died at Tittenhanger 8th July 1863 aged 77.
Du Pre was succeeded by his only son James Du Pre Alexander, 3rd Earl of Caledon, another Christ Church graduate, born 27th July 1812. He was MP for County Tyrone from 1837 to 1839. He entered the army in 1833 and was a Captain in the Coldstream Guards in 1839. In 1836, as Viscount Alexander, he stood as Sheriff of Co. Armagh. In September 1845 he married 20 year old Jane Frederica, daughter of the 1st Earl of Verulan. Her mother, Charlotte, was a daughter of the 1st Earl of Liverpool. He died aged 42 in Carlton House Terraces on 30th June 1855 and was buried at Caledon. His widow was awarded a VA (2nd class) and was a Lady of the Bedchamber from 1858 - 1878. She died at Tittenhanger aged 63 in March 1888.
The 4th Earl, James, was born in July 1846 and educated at Harrow and Christ Church College, Oxford. He was an officer in the 1st Life Guards and served in Egypt, winning medal and clasp in the Khedive bronze star in 1882). He was later a Major in the 1st Inniskilling Fusiliers. He married a daughter of the 3rd Earl of Norbury in October 1884. He died of blood poisoning and pneumonia in April 1898 while staying in Curzon Street Mayfair., He was 51 years old at the time. His 13 year old son, who later acted as a Page at the Coronation of King Edward VII, duly inherited. In 1883 the Caledon family estates in Ireland came to about 32,000 acres with the vast bulk of that in County Tyrone. They also had about 2000 acres in Hertfordshire. Their total income was about £22,321 a year. The family still live at Caledon today include the Field Marshal in their distinguished pedigree.
7. . See the Abercorn papers, LDS file no. 1736518, Irish letters 1744-1755. Deed Book 108, page 207, 6 May 1739 John McClintock of Dunmore, gentl lease to Moses Beard of Kirkminster in Parish of Lifford, farmer 1/3 part of townland Carricashee in parish of Donaghmore, Co. Donegal for 14 years lease at 5 pounds yearly rent, Wit: William Patton of Castlefinn and Robert Lowry of Toveglass, Co. Donegal.
8. Will in Bethams Abstracts, Book Ma, p. 80
9. The Prerogative Wills of Ireland, Betham Will Abstracts, has a will abstract for John McClintock of Strabane, Co. Tyrone, dated 1 Feb 1750 and proven 21 Feb 1752. Another source, a chart which was in the possession of Col. William McClintock of Dunmore in 1904, stated that John had a first wife, Margaret, who was mentioned in the will of John's father. So perhaps some of the children may have come from the first wife?
10. Jack McClintoc says it is the 107th but Colonel RS McClintock suggested the 103rd.
11. Deed Book 283, p. 545, Irish registry, Robert McClintock of Strabane a lease to James McFarland of Lislap, Cappey Parish, Co. Tyrone, dated 2 Apr 1762. For the lives of James' only son Andrew McFarland 28yrs, George McFarland eldest son of Arthur McFarland of Graage a brother of the lessee aged about 9 years and of William Steel eldest son of Saml Steel of Belteny 7 years. Wit: Joshua and Charles Nesbitt of Greenhill, Lifford parish, Co. Donegal.
Deed No. 204381 in Irish registry office, dated 1 Jul 1774 between Robert McClintock of Dunmore in Co. Donegal and Josias Du Pre of the City of London, Esq. a tract known as Lyslop aka Leslap Gortgranahg aka Gortgamorag aka Gortgreanathan aka Legacorry, lands that have been in the possession of Manasses Trenton, Gent. and his tenants in the manor of Newton Stewart in the parish of Cappagh, Co. Tyrone and also the lands of Doreastroose aka Castruse aka Altaherie aka Altaghaderry aka Cargan aka Carigans lands of Tuberslane, John Kinnier or his tenants in the Barony of Raphoe, Co. of Donegal. Wit: James Hamilton and Thomas Hamilton. Recorded 12 May 1775.
12. Other sources say that Robert and Alice Patton married 16 May 1760
13. 'A History of the McClintock Family', Colonel R.S. McClintock.
14. 9 Sep 1904, letter from Col. William McClintock to Emory McClintock: "A bundle of letters from Thomas McClintock to his father and mother, from them it appears that he went to Philadelphia in 1824 with a lady who was not his wife, and two sons. He died in 1845 aged 71, and Ann McClintock wrote reporting his death, so she may have married him after going to America. I have no further information about them". (courtesy of Jack McClintic).
15. From a letter dated 9 Sep 1904 from Col. William McClintock to Emory McClintock: "A bundle of letters from the agent to my Grandfather and Great Grandfather, who were then living in Bath. Amongst other matters they refer to the teaching, clothing, etc., of William and James McClintock (who must have been the natural sons of my grandfather or of one of his brothers). From the latter it appears that William was an idle boy, and that James was clever. William seems to have been apprenticed to some trade in Derry in 1817, but there is no further record about him. James seems to have been in college in Dublin in 1817, and the last mention of him is on 6 July 1823, when a charge is made for his outfit for America, and for a sum of money given to him at the same time. I wonder what has happened to these offshoots of the Dunmore family, but after this lapse of time it would be impossible to find out; and perhaps under the circumstances they might not care to claim relationship."
16. Some sources say that he died 17 Mar 1825.
17. The Macans (Macaus?) were a Louth family although Margarets' father, Robert Macan, lived at Ballynahone House in Armagh.
18. Col William McClintock Obituary, The Times ( Friday, Oct 18, 1912).
19. Sir GC Walker Obituary, The Times, Tuesday, Apr 28, 1925.