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McClintock of Newtown & Seskinore


See the McClintock of Seskinore website at http://www.mcclintockofseskinore.co.uk/home.html

For much of this information, I am indebted to Alex Watson who went to the help of his friend Patrick Joynson-Wreford a number of years ago to trace his half sister Xenia. It turned out Xenia was the last owner of the Mcclintock’s of Seskinore estate, by way of her mother Leila McClintock. Xenia’s grandmother was Amy Eccles of Ecclesville. Alex has recorded her story at www.mcclintockofseskinore.co.uk



'The ancient residence of this family, was at a place called Mullaghmore, (most likely the Irish name of the townland on which the old family house is situated) but denominated Perrymount, during their occupation of the place; and this with the beautiful village of Seskinore, erected by the Perry family, in the immediate neighbourhood of the lodge, are parts and parcels of the same property; but of the extent of this property, its natural history, or the names of the townlands composing it, beyond what has been just mentioned, we know nothing.
Some who profess (what we do not) to have a deep and extensive acquaintance with the Irish language, maintain that Seskinore, or more properly Sheskinore, is a combination of two Irish words which (by a free translation) may be made to signify "the rich or golden soil of thistles," the thistle weed, when shooting up in large quantities being the sure indication of a rich and marrowy soil. Whether this be admissible as a free translation, or whether it diverges too far from the literal meaning of the parent root to come within the limits of a just literary licence, we presume not to say; but as the best that we could make out we give it, and let the reader who finds fault with our translation provide us with a better.
These various respectable features of the Perry property, stand within a short walk (perhaps an English mile or more) of the great coach road between Dublin and Derry, by Omagh, which is the post town to them, and from which they are about five Irish miles distant. N.B. A school for the education of the Protestant children of the neighbourhood, has been established in or near the village of Seskinore, by Mrs. Perry, and when we passed through that country in 1830, it was well attended, and very satisfactorily conducted by Mr. Halcoo, a young man educated for this office by the Education Society, in Kildare- street, Dublin.'
(A. Atkinson,‘Ireland in the nineteenth century, and seventh of England's dominion’, 1833)



In 1724, Alexander McClintock (1692-1775) purchased the Lands of Tullyrush, Drumconnelly and Seskanore [aka Seskinore] in County Tyrone from Henry Mervyn, son of Sir Audley Mervyn. It is thought that he subsequently bequeathed these lands to his nephew Alexander McClintock (1746-1796) of Newtown (now An Grianan) in Termonfckin, County LouthThat said, an alternative theory holds that these lands were conveyed to the Perry family and came to the younger Alexander through his marriage in 1781 to Mary Perry.


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Above: A coat of arms on the wall in the courtyard at Seskinore was apparently once part of the
pediment above the porte-cochère of Seskinore House and represents the Perry-McClintock family.
The lime-wood arms on the right was made in 2019 by Sarah Goss. (With thanks to Alex Watson)

Two quarters of the coat for the Seskinore arms are taken from the McClintock arms (below left). John
O'Hart's Irish Pedigrees suggests the other half (below right) is the arms of the Perry family of Perrymount
arms, as borne by George Perry-McClintock. The College of Arms in London has no official record of these
arms, suggesting they were were never formally granted. The arms are also to be seen on the Orange Hall
in Seskinore Village

Its thought the stone plaques were made by George Perry McClintock as a decorative nod to his Perry-
McClintock ancestry. He may have been commemorating his great-uncle George Perry, from whom he
inherited the Seskinore estate in fee, via his father Samuel McClintock, who had inherited it on a life
rent in trust, to be vested if he should have a male heir. John Knox McClintock only used the
McClintock arms and crest.

The two excellent coats of arms below are the work of heraldry expert Eddie Geoghegan (ARALTAS).

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The Perry family are thought to be of Welsh descent. In 1662, James Perry received a grant of the Town and Lands of Ranelly and the mill of Ranelly, a few miles south of Omagh, County Tyrone from Sir. William Usher (Ussher), Knight. He also received a fee farm grant for the lands of Moyloughmore, from Sir Audley Mervyn. James Perry’s two sons Francis and Samuel married two sisters, Elizabeth and Catherine Lowry, daughters of John Lowry, of Ahenis, or Pomeroy, Co Tyrone, and great aunts of the first Earl of Belmore.

Samuel and Catherine Perry’s third son George Perry of Perrymount married Angel Sinclair, daughter of Rev James Sinclair, of Holyhill, near Strabane. Their eldest son Samuel succeeded to Perrymount, and also owned or held Mullaghmore. His wife Jane Perry was a daughter of Wybrants Olphert, of Ballyconnell House, Co Donegal.

[Samuel's brother George maried Miss Crawford, of Cooley, co. Tyrone, and had Sinclair Perry, who mar. Miss Dick, and had Mary Perry, who mar. Oliver Speer.]

Samuel and Jane were the parents of another George Perry (1762-1824) who served as a Cornet of Horse, presumably during the time of the American War of Independence, and who married Mary Burgess, daughter of John Burgess, and niece to Sir John Smith-Burgess and to Margaret, Countess of Poulett. When George died without issue in 1824, his property at Perrymount and Moyloughmore passed to his nephew Samuel McClintock, the second son of his only sister Mary by her marriage to Alexander McClintock, of Newtown, Co Louth (1746-1796), younger brother of John McClintock, of Drumcar.

George's widow Mary continued to live at Seskinore Lodge, near Fintona, as related in A. Atkinson’s guide, 'Ireland in the Nineteenth Century, and Seventh of England's Dominion: Enriched with Copious Descriptions of the Resources of the Soil, and Seats and Scenery of the North West District’ (London: Hamilton, Adams, & Co, 1833), p. 326. He states: 'Seskinore Lodge, the seat of Mrs Perry (relict of George) is part and parcel of the Seskinore estate, and comprehends a neat and fashionable lodge, a tastefully planted lawn, and about sixty Irish acres of a farm, well adapted to the growth of flax and corn crops, and to that of garden vegetables and ornamental trees. The demesne however lies low, and the prospect from the lodge is exclusively confined to the little beauties of the home view; in which the rose, the sweet William, and the sweet brier, seem to vie, which shall diffuse the larger proportion of its fragrance through the surrounding scene.'


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Above: Alexander McClintock of Newtown.


Alexander McClintock (above) of Newtown House, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth, was a son of John McClintock (1698-1765) of Trintaugh, and his wife Susanna Maria Chambers (1700-1742) [although either Alexander's birth or Susanna's death date must be wrong!] Alexander was a younger brother of Bumper Jack McClintock of Drumcar. Born on 30 March 1746, he worked with the East India Company. In December 1781 he married Mary Perry (1762-1817), a daughter of Samuel Perry Esq. (1728-1774) of Perrymount and Mullaghmore [Moyloughmore]. Co. Tyrone, by his wife Jane Olphert (d. 1790).

The McClintock and Perry families were closely inter-related since the 17th century, not least through the Lowry family. Alexander the younger's mother Janet McClintock (nee Lowry) of Trintaugh was a full sister of Catherine Perry (nee Lowry) of Moyloughmore. As such Alexander McClintock and George Perry of Perrymount were 1st cousins.

The Church of Ireland (St Fechin’s) at Termonfeckin was built in 1792 to the design of Francis Johnston. Four of the monuments in the church bear coats of arms. The first to Alexander McClintock (of Newtown House) bears the McClintock crest (a lion) above the inscription. The McClintock and Perry impaled coat of arms and the McClintock motto are beneath the inscription. An impaled coat of arms has the husband’s arms appearing on the ‘dexter’side (left to the viewer), while the arms on the ‘sinister’ side (right to the viewer) are for the wife. In this case the dexter side has the McClintock arms (containing three escallops) and the sinister side has the Perry arms (containing three crowns) for Alexander McClintock and his wife Mary Perry.

Alexander and Mary had a son Samuel McClintock (1790-1852) [and possibly a son John], and three daughters, including Jane (1783-1811) who married Mr Bird but died on 22 April 1811, aged 28, and was buried in Termonfechin; her death followed seven months after that of her baby Henry, born Jan 1810, died 7 Oct 1810. His youngest daughter Mary Donnelly died in 1856, as per this notice in the Dublin Evening Mail of Wednesday 27 February 1856:

'Deaths - February 25, at Warrenpoint, Mary, relict of John Donnelly, Esq., and youngest daughter of the late Alexander M'Clintock, Esq., of Newtown House, county Louth.'

Alexander died on Dec. 14th 1796 aged 50 years.

Mary McClintock (nee Perry) died on Feb 9 1817 aged 55 years. According to the will of her brother, George Perry ‘of Seskanore Lodge’, dated 1824, he bequeathed his estate to his wife for life and thereafter to his nephew Samuel McClintock, son of Alexander and Mary.



December 25th 1793 - Newtown, the feat of Mr. M'Clintock, in the county of Louth, was attacked by a numerous body of Defenders, who fired many shots into it. [To the magistrates, the military, and the yeomanry of Ireland [signed Camillus, by Sir Richard Musgrave, 1st Bart, 1899, p.

Dublin - Jan 1: The accounts from the county of Louth, with respect to the proceedings of a banditti, calling themselves Defenders, grow daily more alarming; near forty houses have been attacked, belonging to Protestants, for the purpose of plundering them of their arms and most of the attacks have been successful. Among those whose houses were attacked was Mr Owen's of Roxborough, Mr Henry Brabazon, Mr JT Foster of Stone house, Mr Blacker, Mr Hanlon, Mr M'Clintock &c. At the latter place they met with resistance and were beaten off. This banditti were linked together by an oath of secrecy and they have their regular leaders and captains; they train themselves by night in the practice of firearms, or execute plans of robbery. Last week these daring insurgents are said to have met in Dunleer in very great numbers, perhaps from 1500 to 2000, some armed with guns, some with pitchforks, but it does not appear they had any settled object. The army were immediately dispatched from Dundalk and on their approach the mob dispersed. On Saturday morning about thirty of these men were, about the hour of six, fighting in the streets at Castlebellingham when the Mail Coach arrived there from Drogheda, and the Mail Guard, having left the post bag at the Post office was returning to the inn when he was violently attacked; but having his pistols in his belt, he immediately fired one of them at the mob and effected his retreat to the inn; however the door was soon forced, and overpowered by numbers, he was robbed of his pistols and cut and otherwise abused, insomuch that his life is despaired of; however it does not appear that there was the smallest intention on the part of the rioters to attack the Mail as some of them told the passengers in the coach that they took the Guard to be a military man from his dress’. (The Gentleman's Magazine, and Historical Chronicle, Volume 63, Part 1, E. Cave, 1793, p. 81)

Walker's Hibernian Magazine subsequently stated that six men were to stand trial of the attack but when the men came before the Spring Assizes at Dundalk before the Hon. Justice Chamberlaine, they were aquitted in what I would have thought was a rare case of such defendants triumphing over their accusers. Saunders's News-Letter ran the following on Wednesday 26 March 1794:

"Mathew Kirwan, Patrick Teernan, Patrick Kenny, James Morgan, Dennis M‘Kenna alias’ Thomas M‘Kenna, and Richard Kelly, were tried upon four indictments, for attacking the house of Alexander M‘Clintock, of Newtown, on the 25th of December 1793. The evidence in this cafe, produced on the part of the Crown, were Mr. M'Clintock, who proved the attack, and of there having been several shots fired which broke the windows of his houfe, but could not identify the prifoners. The next witnefs was Thomas Murphy, an approver, who fwore he was with the prifoners at the bar and others, at the attack on the above night - that they were armed wfith guns and blunderbusses, and were all sworn Defenders, and determined to plunder the hoofe of arms and ammunition; his testimony was in some respects not consistent, and several gentlemen were produced, who gave evidence that he was not a person to be credited on his oath — and they knew him to be guilty of several robberies. — The Jury after retiring for a few minutes, found the prisoners — not guilty."

Walker's Hibernian Magazine (R. Gibbons, 1794, p. 379) is available on Google Books, and includes further deatils of the case).



Born in 1790, Samuel McClintock served as a lieutenant in the 18th Royal Irish Regiment. His first wife Jane, who died in 1837, was a daughter of Lieut.-Col Lane. Two years after her death, he was married secondly to Dorothea, or Dora, fourth daughter of John Knox of the Moyne Abbey family. He was a Justice of the peace for JP for Co’s Tyrone and Louth, and High Sheriff for Co Louth in 1843.

Rejoicings at Termonfechin. —On yesterday evening as Samuel M’Clintock, Esq, of Newton house, arrived in the town of Termonfechin, after his return from taking possession of a large property at Siskinore, County Tyrone, amounting, we understand, to upwards of £5,000 a year, his numerous and respectable tenantry met their worthy landlord, took the horses out of his carriage, and amidst the loudest acclamations and rejoicing, was drawn to his residence. The inhabitants of the village of Termonfechin and the country round observed the day as a holiday. Indeed the rejoicings were heartfelt, as there is not a more worthy landlord or gentleman of more kindness, amiability and hospitality ii the kingdom. As night approached, every hill for miles around blazed with bonfires—and the rejoicings were kept up to a late hour—and the peasants were regaled with barrels of ale &c. Samuel M'Clintock, Esq., is a resident landlord, and one who is deservedly respected by every person who appreciates worth and merit. —Drogheda Conservative, April 12. (Copied to the Enniskillen Chronicle and Erne Packet, Thursday 17 April 1845).

'SESKINORE.—We have great pleasure in stating that Samuel M‘Clintock, Esq., the much respected landlord of the estate, has come to reside at the Lodge, Seskinore. It will be seen, from advertisement that he has already taken measures to improve that part the Country—the fairs and markets of Seskinore are to re-established, and Mr. M‘Clintock has offered liberal premiums to both buyers and sellers. (Tyrone Constitution, 22 August 1845). One such advertisement appears in the Tyrone Constitution, 29 August 1845.

Samuel died on 13 Dec 1852. His death was recorded in the Dublin Evening Mail of 20 December 1852 thus: "December 13, Samuel M'Clintock, Eeq., of Siskenore, county of Tyrone, and late of Newtown House, county Louth."

His widow Dora lived to a magnificent age and died in 1896 as per the Tyrone Constitution of Friday 4 September 1896: "We regret to record in this day’s issue the death of Mrs Dora M'Clintock, which took place on Monday last at Seskinore, the residence of her grandson, Captain John Knox McClintock. D.L., after a lengthened illness. She was mother of the late Colonel G. Perry M'Clintock, D.L., and widow of Samuel M'Clintock, Esq., of Newtown House, County Louth, and Seskinore. The funeral was private, the flower-covered coffin being carried from the house through the grounds to the Church The rector, the Rev. J. Sides, conducted the service. The chief mourners were - Captain J. K. M'Clintock, Mr. L. A. M’Clintock, Mr. H. V. M’Clintook, Mr. Guy R M'Clintock, grandsons; Colonel A. Rutledge, nephew; also Dr. Edward Thompson, Colonel Alexander, Major H, Alexander. General Browne, Major Stuart, etc. Wreaths, not including those from her grandchildren and great grand-children, were as follows—Colonel and Mrs. Rutledge, Colonel and Mrs. Alexander. Master C. Alexander, the Misses Alexander. Miss Thompson, Miss Lowry, the Misses Stewart, Mrs. Bearnes (maid), Nurse Russel."

Newtown House went from McClintocks to Smyths to Vida Lentaigne, an unsung hero of the Second World War. Hats off to Nicola Cassidy for rectifying the latter's anonymity.


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Above: John Knox McClintock, courtesy of Michael McClintock. His peculiarly
shaped right hand suggests he may have been injured.


Lt Col. George Perry McClintock (1839-1887), DL, JP, of Seskinore, was the eldest son of Samuel and Dora McClintock. His younger brother Samuel John McClintock died young in 1856. Born on 6 November 1839 and educated at Cheltenham, he joined the army and became Lt-Col and Hon Col of the 4th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He served as ADC to the Duke of Abercorn and Earl Spencer, when Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. As well as being a DL and JP, he was High Sheriff Co Tyrone, 1865. On 1 May, 1860, he married Amelia Harriett, dau of Rev Samuel Alexander, of Termon, Co Tyrone, by his wife Charlotte, dau of Rev Charles Cobbe Beresford, Rector of Termon. George died on 26 Dec, 1887; his widow survived him by nearly two decades, dying on 23 June, 1906.

On 23rd October 1890, George's daughter Dorothea 'Dodo’ McClintock was married at the Chapel of Ease, Seskinore, to Dr Edward Charles Thompson M.D - F.R.C.S.I (1852 - 1935), a former Fusilier and Surgeon of the Tyrone County Infirmary. He had previously married Diana Ellis in 1877 but she died in 1887. Dodo died 13 Aug 1928 and Dr Thompson on 20th Jan 1933.


The last McClintock to reside at Seskinore was Colonel John Knox McClintock (1864-1936), CBE (1921), DL, JP, High Sheriff (1891) of Seskinore and Ecclesville, Co, Tyrone. He was born on 8 February 1864, the second son of Lt Col. George Perry McClintock and his wife, Amelia Harriet. JKM was six years old when his older brother Beresford George Perry McClintock died on 31 January 1870, aged nine, leaving JKM as heir to Seskinore.

Educated at Cheltenham and Oxford Military College, he joined the 4th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 1881, becoming its Lieutenant Colonel in 1909. He commanded the 3rd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers from 1909-1919, becoming Brevet Colonel in 1917, and served in WW1 from 1914-1918 (despatches). At the height of the Easter Rising, the 3rd Inniskillings captured Liberty Hall after it had been shelled by the Helga and laid claim to the green harp flag that hung from the building; in 1935, Col. John handed it in to the Inniskillings Museum in Enniskillen Castle, where it now hangs.

Colonel McClintock later served as ADC to Governor of Northern Ireland, Co. Commdt., Special Constab., Co. Tyrone 1920, Vice-Chairman, Tyrone County Council, Master of the Seksinore Hounds (1887-1905 and 1922-36).

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With the death of J.K.McClintock in 1936, the head of this branch became his nephew Captain Hubert Victor Perry
McClintock, DSO, RN,
who was married in 1942 to Josephine Patricia Cleeve of Oaklands, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. Their
son is Michael James Perry McClintock, aka Mike McClintock, a family friend of ours. Hubert's younger brother was
James Leopold Perry McClintock
was born in 1908 and was, I think, father to Yvonne McClintock and her sister Jean.

I think these must be the James and Hubert (aka Herbert?) McClintock who feature in this photograph of Lord Waterford's
soccer team as reported by the Butlerstown and Kilmeaden History & Photo Archive::

Even though “his Lordship’s team” from Curraghmore were beaten 6-2, it was reported in the local press that the Marquis
of Waterford, Hugh Beresford, “played a splendid game at left-back”, showing "clever touches...particularly with his head”,
against a Waterford League Selection at Ozier Park in April 1929. His cousin, the Hon. Ronald Dawnay, son of Lady Susan,
Whitfield Court, figured at inside-right, while James McClintock (Portlaw) came from Cambridge University to assist
Curraghmore at centre-back and also impressed.
In the second half, team captain Lord Beresford and McClintock each scored, but Waterford — who had a wind-assisted
four-goal lead by the interval — netted twice more and were easy winners. The gate receipts amounted to £1 10/- and this
sum was handed over to the Portlaw AFC soccer club, which Beresford was president of.


In April 1893 Colonel John Knox McClintock married Amy Henrietta, eldest daughter and co-heiress of John Stuart Eccles, DL, of Eccelsville, Co. Tyrone; they later separated and Amy settled in Effingham, Surrey near her sister Anna Theodosia Stoney. Amy died on 4 April, 1942 and is buried in St Lawrence Churchyard, Effingham; her sister Anna was later buried in the same grave in 1960.

When the colonel died on 24 October 1936, he left a daughter Amelia Isobel Eccles McClintock, known as Leila. Born in 1898, Leila married Harold (Cecil Rhodes) Field, divorced him, and married secondly Captain. Wilfred Heyman Joynson Wreford a.k.a. Tony, son of Dr. Heyman Wreford M.R.C.S., Esq. and Catherine Hannah Guerrier, of The Firs, Exeter. Leila died of meningitis on 30 January 1837, just three months after her father. Her daughter Xenia, the last of the Seskinore McClintocks, was about two years old; Xenia's father Tony Joynson Wreford died of TB in Switzerland on 23 March 1940.

Seskinore was sold after the war by Xenia's guardians to the Forestry Commission and the house was demolished in 1952. Xenia was never consulted or told of her genealogy; she was brought up by a guardian. Her husband Glynn was a tea planter in India and later the manager at a sugar plantation in North Queensland, where they had moved to with their three children. She came over to visit Seskinore a decade ago. When Patrick Joynson-Wreford passed away in August 2015, hs ashes were, as he requested, buried next to his father's grave at Seskinore in May 2016.

Yvonne McClintock of Rochestown, Cahir, Co. Tipperary, passed away on 6 January 2021. Her family include her sister Jean, niece Erica, nephew Dan and Claudia.


With many thanks to Alex Watson, Sylvia McClitock, Eddie Geoghegan and others.