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Alexander McClintock of Drumcar (1692-1775)

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Above: The barrister Alexander McClintock (1692-1775) bought the Drumcar estate and
would become known as 'the Fairy Godfather' of the McClintock family.

Alexander McClintock, the eldest son of John and Janet McClintock of Trintaugh, Co Donegal, was born on 30 September 1692. He most likely went to Dublin in about 1710 where he read law and became a barrister of note during the early Georgian Age which, as Colonel Bob McClintock observed, enabled him to become ‘the fairy godfather to his nephews and nieces’.

The Wicklow Papers at the National Library of Ireland [Collection List No. 69] contain a Bond [MS 38,550 (5)] dated 25 July 1732 in which Alexander McClintock and Alexander Nesbitt, attorneys, receive instructions from between William Forward of Castle Forward, Co. Donegal, and Archibald Hamilton to pay £400. The Forwards owned 6,000 acres in the barony of Raphoe, county Donegal, which later passed to the Earls of Wicklow on the marriage in August 1755 of Alice Forward, only daughter of William Forward, M.P. Castle Forward, to Ralph Howard (1726-89). In 1734, Alexander was noted as ‘Attorney, Common Pleas’.

In 1725, Alexander McClintock married the wealthy Rebecca Sampson. She came from a prosperous Dublin family. Her brother Michael Sampson was a business associate of the notorious Redmond Kane.[ii] [To put this into context, this was Jonathan Swift's Dublin and, on 28 November 1727, William Connolly was unanimously re-elected Speaker of the Irish House of Commons.] [It is not yet know if Rebecca was related to William Sampson (1764-1835), the Derry-born son of a Presbyterian minister, who, also a lawyer, was imprisoned, disbarred and banished from Ireland for his support of the United Irishmen in 1798.

A deed of 1731 shows Alexander making a land purchase in Tyrone; it was witnessed by his brother John McClintock of Trintagh and the afore-mentioned Redmond Cahan, clerk, to Robert King of Dublin. [Registry of Deeds in Dublin, Vol. 65, p. 535, no. 46845. Thanks to Laurence Gilmore]. Elswhere, there is a reference to an undated deed of lease and release witnessed by Richard Den and 'Redmond Cahan', both of the City of Dublin, Gents, and this memorial [was] witnessed by the said Redmond Cahan and Alexander McClintock of the City of Dublin, Gents’.

The McClintocks of Drumcar held/owned land in the barony of Omagh, Co. Tyrone, (as did Redmond Kane, although his were held by the Bishop of Clogher): a draft fee farm grant of 1882 relating to Drumconnis and Kildrummin, present in a box of deeds at Lisnavagh ( 7/1-14 ), traces the title of the 2nd Lord Rathdonnell to his McClintock forebears. Cranny was another townland in County Tyrone that the McClintocks and the Kanes had in common; the Rathdonnell Papers include a lease dated 1 Apr. 1761 from Alexander McClintock of Drumcar to Joseph Scott and Robert Wiley of the lands of Curley, alias Cranny, for 14 years. Box D1 of the Rathdonnell Papers includes an exceedingly complicated deed of 15 July 1733 relating to Jordanstown, Co. Antrim, is endorsed 'Assignment from Mr Ralph Sampson to Mr Michael Sampson of his mortgage on Whitehouse [?lease] in trust for Alexander McClintock’.

'The Irish bar was in a state of decline in the 1740s and 1750s, to the extent that the King’s Inns premises were scaled back in order to save money, and barristers ceased to dine there together.' (Helen Barry, 'The Castrato and his Wife', p. 109) However, by this time, Britain also had a settled constitutional monarchy which, Jacobites aside, featured an ostensibly liberal backbone.

Box 2/5 of the Rathdonnell Papers includes a Deed of Settlement, dated 10 Feb. 1743, made by Daniel Eccles and Charles Eccles, and involving John McClintock of Trintaugh, Co. Donegal, and Alexander McClintock of Dublin, of Rathmoran (alias Ardmagh), barony of Clankelly, Co. Fermanagh. There is also a Marriage Settlement (2/7), dated 6 Apr. 1753, for Robert Eccles and Ann, his wife, that involves the McClintocks, and several other documents pertaining to the Eccles family of of Rathmoran and Killrusky. The Eccles family were very much tied up with the Seskinore branch.

Box 2/9 of the Rathdonnell Papers includes a lease dated 6 May 1760 from Alexander McClintock of Drumcar to James Noble of Clontaverin, Co. Fermanagh, and copy memorial of the same lease.

The McClintock motto is ‘Virtute et labore’
(‘By valour and exertion’).

The Wicklow Papers at the National Library of Ireland [Collection List No. 69] contain a Deed (MS 38,551), dated 1 Nov. 1765, concerning the uses of a fine of lands at Mount Stewart, Coolaghy, Mondooey, Drumbarnet, Monimore, Mill at Killyverry, Mill at Dunduffe, Barony of Raphoe, between William Forward and Isabella Forward [nee Stafford], of Castle Forward, county Donegal, and Alexander McClintock, of Drumcarr, county Louth. There is also an Agreement (MS 38,558), dated 3 Nov. 1766, between Alexander and the Forwards concerning the same lands [aka Mount Stewart: Coolaghy, Mondooey, Drumbarnet, Moneymore, Killyverry, Dunduff] which also refers to the uses of the land.

It was Alexander McClintock who first purchased the Drumcar property in Co Louth in 1767. Formerly known as Druim-cara, meaning 'the ridge of the weir', the property overlooks the southern bank of the River Dee, slightly upriver from its confluence with the Glyde River at Annagassan. There is assumed to have been a salmon weir here in ancient times while there was also a monastery which was said to have been founded in the 6th century by no less a soul than St Finian. The remains of this monastery stood near the farm at Drumcar and were still visible in the 20th century although I gather there are no traces remaining. Ceallach, son of Muirghis, is mentioned as the Abbot of Drumcar in 816 while there is also record of Erenach of Drumcar in 1065, the year before the Norman invasion of England. When those same Normans reached Ireland a century later, these lands were taken from the Bishop of Louth and granted by Prince John to Peter Pippard circa 1189 as part of the wider barony of Ardee. In about 1220, Ralph de Repentini (now Pentony) granted St Finian’s Church, plus 13 acres and all its appurtenances, to the super wealthy Cistercian abbey of St Mary’s near Abbey Street in Dublin. The abbey also acquired other lands in the area including La Cork, now Corstown. Right up until at least the 1890s, the Dee was regarded as excellent for salmon and trout fishing, particuarly by Drumcar.

Following the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII in 1539, Drumcar passed into the hands of the crown. By the time of the Cromwellian land confiscations of 1653-56, Drumcar comprised of 243 acres in the ownership of Thomas Tallon. Its western border was named Cashellstown after Michael Cashell of Dundalk whose wife Ismay was a daughter of local landowner Nicholas Gernon; Nicholas had gifted the Cashells 290 acres following their marriage in 1637 but these lands were also confiscated. There were subsequently granted to Captain Richard Holt, an officer in Cromwell’s army. Despite his involvement in Colonel Blood’s bizarre attempt to assassinate the Duke of Ormonde, Holt had Drumcar reconfirmed to him although Cashellstown was recovered by the Cashell’s son and heir Thomas.

In the early 18th century, Samuel Holt, a descendant of the captain, sold Drumcar to Robert Curtis of Dublin. This may explain a mortgage in Box D1 of the Rathdonnell Papers which is dated 1711 and affects Cashellstown [Drumcar], Co. Louth, but does not yet involve the McClintocks. The 1740 Corn Census for Co Louth lists a Mr McClintock of Cashellstown, Dromcar [sic], Louth & Ardee (265) so Alexander may have been living in the area from as early as 1740.

[Also of note, on 11th August 1711, Archbishop Narcissus Marsh, the Primate of Ireland, purchased a lease of the Rectory and rectorial tithes of Drumcar for 999 years from John Foster of Dunleer for £1800. Foster held the same by lease, dated Dec. 11, 1703, from Stephen Ludlow. Two days later, the Primate demised the same to Foster for 21 years at £100 rent. His Grace simultaneously settled the said rectory and tithes on Dr. Wye and his successors, the Rectors of Drumcar for ever, on condition that they paid £40 annually to the P.C. Moylary.] After Robert Curtis bouht Drumcar, it passed through several owners before Alexander McClintock’s acquisition. In 1764 there were 12 Protestants and 363 Roman Catholics in the Drumcar parish but no church and no chapel.

Alexander had a Dublin townhouse at Dominick Street, a wide and fashionablethoroughfare just east of the King's Inns. Most of the houses on the street were built in the late 1750s and 1760s, at the behest of Lady Dominick, the widow of Sir Christopher Dominick, a physician, who built the first marge house here. Other residents of Dominick Stret at this time included Speaker John Foster, the Arthure family (who intermarried with the Bunburys), Sir Richard Steele (who died in 1785) and Colonel Daniel Chenevix (who ran the gunpowder mills at Corkagh, County Dublin, until his passing in March 1776 aged 46). The arms of some of the streets former residents are still emblazoned over some of the pedimented doorways but I don't believe Alexander's house survives today. It was probably demolsihed as part of a slum clearance programme in the 1950s but I am unsure whether his house was on Lower or Upper Dominick Street. The house may have been No. 7 Dominick Street, as per a sale notice for his horses in 1775, or No. 9 Dominick Street, the address given on the death of his nephew John McClintock in 1799.

On Saturday 3rd June 1775, Finns Leinster Journal reported the death of Alexander M’Clintock [sic] ‘on Thursday last, at his house in Dominick Street’. He was buried in Dunleer, 2.5km south of Drumcar. His last will was dated 10 July 1772 and proven on 8 June 1775. As he and Rebecca had no children, he left Drumcar to his nephew John McClintock (Bumper Jack), grandfather of the first Lord Rathdonnell. Indeed, according to the 20th century family historian Colonel Bob McClintock, Alexander ‘left money to many of his nephews and nieces’. On 2 June 1775, Saunders's Newsletter advised that 'a Pair of large, black short tail Coach Horses, the Property of the late Alex. M'Clintock Esq.' were to be sold; 'they are but seven Years old, warranted found in every particular. Inquire at No. 7 Dominick-street.'

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John 'Bumper Jack' McClintock of Drumcar, successively MP for Enniskillen and Belturbet in the Irish House of Commons, was born on 1 January 1743. He was the son of John McClintock of Trintaugh and his wife Susannah Maria, daughter of William Chambers. He was also an older brother of Alexander McClintock of Seskinore.

In 1766, Bumper Jack married Patience Foster, daughter of William Foster, MP for Co Louth. She was a first cousin of the Right Hon John Foster, Speaker of the House of Commons (afterwards Lord Oriel), with whom the McClintocks were politically allied. For instance, Speaker Foster appointed Bumper Jack chief serjeant-at-arms of the Commons and his two eldest sons John and William as deputies, for which they later received a joint pension of £2,545. Bumper Jack was also High Sheriff of Co. Louth in 1768. From 1783 to 1790, he was MP for Enniskillen in Grattan's Parliament and from 1790 to 1797 he held the seat as MP for Belturbet. When based in Dublin, Jack McClintock had an address at Dominick Street which was presumably the same house where his uncle Alexander McClintock lived. In a famous painting of the Irish Parliament of 1790 Bumper Jack, MP for Belturbet, is seated close to Speaker John Foster. However, Bumper Jack appears to have fallen fast asleep.

It is not yet certain why he was known as Bumper Jack although I suspect it was because he was either brimming with goodness and positivity or an absolute devotee of Bacchus, or, indeed, both! The Oxford English Dictionary defines a 'bumper' as a cup or glass full to the brim, 1677. Andy McConnell, the glass expert on Antiques Roadshow, concurs that it was a term used to indicate a glass of wine full to the brim, rather than a measure in its own right. I am reminded of Sir Jonah Barrington (1760-1834), his near contemporary, who remarked: "I have heard it often said that, at the time I speak of, every estated gentleman in the Queen’s County (aka Laois) was honoured by the gout. I have since considered that its extraordinary prevalence was not difficult to be accounted for, by the disproportionate quantity of acid contained in their seductive beverage, called rum-shrub, which was then universally drunk in quantities nearly incredible, generally from suppertime till morning, by all country gentlemen, as they said, to keep down their claret.” Sylvia Wright (nee McClintock) likewise recalled meeting an American McClintock who had researched her line back to a McClintock who lived either in or near Philadelphia shortly after the American Revolution and who was OUTRAGED when one of the first taxes that the new US Government imposed, was a tax on whiskey. When this story is told to McClintock relations, their unaminous reaction is "Well, that sounds like a McClintock!"!' All this might also explain why Bumper Jack was asleep in Parliament.

Above: Portrait of Mrs McClintock of Drumcar (nee Patience Foster) by Nathaniel
Hone R.A, (1714-84). She is show at half-length wearing a brown dress and a
black bonnet with a brown ribbon. Strickland in his Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913)
noted a 'Portrait of a Girl' by Hone in the collection of Lord Rathdonnell. With thanks
to William Laffan.

In May 1775, Bumper Jack succeeded his uncle Alexander McClintock at both Drumcar and Dominick Street. He was in residence at the latter by 1878 as per this notice published in Saunders's News-Letter on 6 August 1778, p. 3.:

THE Creditors of the Rev. Townley Smith, late Coolistown in the County of Lowth, Clerk, and those of Tenison Smith, Esq; his only son, are requested to meet John M‘Ciintock, Esq; at his House in Dominick-street, Dublin, on Saturday the 8th Day of August next to consider of the speediest and most effectual Method, for the Payment of the Debts affecting their Estates. It is also requested, all the Creditors will attend and furnish their Accounts of the different Demands, as Mr. M‘Clintock hopes to lay such a State of their Affairs; before them as will be satisfactory. Dated the 25th of July, 1778.

He duly commissioned the building of the vast mansion at Drumcar House outside Dunleer in 1777, where the McClintock family remained until the 1940s. [Could it have been Francis Johnston? Note that the Linen Hall on Dominick Street, Drogheda, was built in 1774.] Christine Casey described the property as follows in “The Buildings of Ireland – North Leinster” (Buckley, 1993), p. 249-250: 'Originally a large rectangular mansion, enjoying a clear view across country to Dundalk bay. Three storeys over a basement; two rooms deep with a large central hall. Shallow hipped roof hidden behind a cornice and blocking course with central chimney stacks. The entrance front is of five bays with the windows arranged as a pair, a single central window and a pair, an elegant a-b-a rhythm. The proportions of the Central block are now the most enduring aspect of the 18th century house, which originally had a simple tripartite doorcase set in a shallow relieving arch and single-storey walls with niches and sunken panels joining the main block to a pedimented carriage arch on each side. The four-columned Doric porch with balcony is early to mid 19th century, as are the moulded window surrounds and segmental-headed pediments to the ground-floor windows. Later two-storey, three-bay wings with recessed links; yet later ugly mansard roofs.'

In 1794, Captain George Alexander & George Tyner described the new mansion on page 3 of their work, 'The traveller's guide through Ireland: being an accurate and complete companion to Captain Alexander Taylor's map of Ireland' (P. Byrne, 1794) as follows: ‘2 miles from Dunleer to the R and South East side of the Dee river on an elevation beautifully wooded, and commanding a variety of profpect over the Meanders of that river, which here are many and picturesque, is Drumcarr, a new houfe, and feat of John M'Clintock, Esq’.

[John Fitzgerald's MA thesis from UCD (1972) entitled 'The organisation of the Drogheda economy, 1780-1820’ provides a very useful background to the economic status of County Louth at this time, particularly from page 192].

In the summer of 2016 I was inspired to make a trip to Belturbet, Bumper Jack's terrain 220 years ago. The borough had belonged to the Earls of Lanesborough but the Hibernian Magazine of 1784 noted: ‘‘Belturbet contains about 500 inhabitants, 3 electors, a provost and 12 burgesses, few of which are residents. Lord Belmore, patron. NB This claim of patronage was Iately purchased from the Earl of Lanesborough for £8.700, and at another sale is said to have brought £11,000.’ When John Wesley passed through Belturbet in 1760, he described it in his journal as ‘a town in which there is neither Papist nor Presbyterian; but, to supply that defect there are, Sabbath-breakers, drunkards, and common swearers in abundance.’ That said, I thought Belturbet was rather charming town when I explored it with my daughters and our Nepalese friend Karmendra on that sunny Saturday morning in July 2016. We strolled a good chunk of Turbet Island, passing straight through the earthen remains of a motte-and-bailey built by the Anglo-Norman baron Walter de Lacy eight hundred years ago as one of seven such fortresses (including Clones) on the north-west frontier of the Ulster territory that the Normans briefly claimed ownership of. From the island we returned to the town where the children swung and span in a playground sited within the premises of Belturbet’s early eighteenth century barracks; the redbrick ruins of a riding school stand yet. Glancing over the wall from the barracks we watched canoeists racing along the River Erne, while people on board the moored barges and motorboats clapped and whistled them along. We walked up to the Diamond and lunched on paninis in the Yummy Yum café; a plaque on a nearby building marked it as the site of Butlers Castle, a defensive structure built by Sir Stephen Butler, ancestor of the earls of Lanesborough, who was awarded 2000 acres of land in the vicinity in 1610. Three years later, King James awarded Belturbet its first charter and incorporated into a borough, in response to a petition by the inhabitants seeking Royal support for their efforts at furthering the plantation of Ulster. Sir Stephen’s descendant Theophilus Butler represented County Cavan and Belturbet in the Irish House of Commons. In 1715 he was raised to the Peerage of Ireland as Baron Newtown-Butler, of the County of Fermanagh, while his son, Humphrey was elevated to an earldom in 1728. The titles became extinct on the death of the ninth Earl in 1998.

John McClintock’s 1786 copy of Young’s Tour of Ireland was for sale (Lot 119) by Mealys in July 2007 and realized a price of €650, plus buyers premium.

Dublin's population in 1610 is estimated at between 6-10,000. By 1800, it was the sixth largest city in Europe, with a population of 200,000. The biggest was London, with 1 million, followed by Paris, then surprisingly Naples with 400,000 (much bigger than Rome), Amsterdam, Vienna and then Dublin… so Dublin was way bigger than all other cities in Britain aside from London. The creation of the Wide Streets Commission in 1757 was followed by the establishment of the new Custom House. In this post-Enlightenmeat world, much of Dublin's architecture came about including the new Parliament, the Exchange, Gandon’s buildings, the Rotunda, Kilmainham, the Blue Coat hospital and Chesterfield opening up Phoenix Park to the public. By 1820 Dublin city is essentially as it is today; much of modern Dublin would be recognisable to a Georgian.

John McClintock died in February 1799. Saunders's News-Letter published these details of an auction of his property on Friday 15 March 1799, p. 4.

The late JOHN M CLINTOCK, Esq's Sale.
On Monday the 18th March, 1799,
By JOHN MACK, Upholder and Auctioneer,
The entire household furniture, china, delft, glass, and books, of the late JOHN M'CLINTOCK, Esq. No. 9, Dominick-street.
For particulars of furniture, see hand bills.
The china consists of a table service of blue china; some broken sets of coloured do. [ditto?]; one table service of English china, edged blue, and some common delft; one long tea service of Nankeen china, blue and gold, with variety of glass &c.
Sale to begin at twelve o'clock each day.



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Above: Drumcar House, County Louth

Select Events

It's always good to have context. For much of these events below, I am indebted to the excellent Stair na hÉireann website.

1767 Oct 14 – George Townshend, 4th Viscount Townshend, becomes Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.
Sept 5 Benjamin Franklin commences a visit to Ireland where he would later report he had ‘a good deal of Conversation with the Patriots; they are all on the American side of the Question’. He attended two sessions of Irish Parliament as an observer, and wrote: 'The people in that unhappy country, are in a most wretched situation. Ireland is itself a poor country, and Dublin a magnificent city; but the appearances of general extreme poverty among the lower people are amazing. They live in wretched hovels of mud and straw, are clothed in rags, and subsist chiefly on potatoes. Our New England farmers, of the poorest sort, in regard to the enjoyment of all the comforts of life, are princes when compared to them. Perhaps three-fourths of the Inhabitants are in this situation.
1777 Jan 25: The Earl of Buckinghamshire, who eventually conceded free trade and some relief from the Penal Laws to Catholics and Dissenters, is sworn in as Lord Lieutenant.
1778 Aug 14: Gardiner’s Catholic Relief Act is enacted and grants rights of leasing and inheritance to those who have taken the oath of allegiance: the first rolling back of the penal laws. Later in 1778, it was also enacted by the Irish parliament.
Tipu, Sultan of Mysore, kills 3000 British at battle of Pollilur.
1780 May 4: Diomed, foaled in 1777, bred by the Hon. Richard Vernon and owned by Sir Charles Bunbury (1740–1821),, wins the inaugural running of The Derby. Sir Charles, who collects prize money of £1,065 15s, served as the Senior Steward of the Jockey Club and later introduced both of the Classics held at Newmarket, the 1,000 Guineas and the 2,000 Guineas.
1781 Mount Stewart on Strangford Lough built for linen merchant Alexander Stewart in 1781. Lady Rose Lauritzen grew up there. Edith, wife of 7th Marquess, was main player.
1782 April 12 Admiral Sir George Rodney reigns supreme in battle of the Saints.
1782 May 4 – Second Catholic Relief Acts allow Catholics to own land outside parliamentary boroughs, to be teachers, and to act as guardians. On the same day, other acts establish the Bank of Ireland, and validate marriages by Presbyterian ministers.
1782 June 26 - The Relief Act gives Catholics rights concerning their education.
1782 July 27 - Poynings’ Law is amended by Yelverton’s Act which was passed on this date: only bills passed by both houses of the Irish parliament will be forwarded to England for assent. Third Catholic Relief Acts further allow Catholics to own land outside parliamentary boroughs, to be teachers and to act as guardians.
1783 June 25 - The Bank of Ireland is established in Dublin, by Royal charter. It issues its first notes, and opens to the public on this date; the Irish pound is worth £12/13 sterling.
1783 Oct 14 - Edmond Sexton Pery is unanimously re-elected as Speaker of the Irish parliament.
1784Foster’s Corn Law regulates the corn trade; the Irish Post Office, distinct from English and Scottish services, is established by statute.
1784 Aug 14 – Nathaniel Hone, painter and member of the Royal Academy at the time of its founding in 1768, dies.
1785 Sept 5 - Edmond Sexton Pery resigns as Speaker of the Irish parliament on grounds of ill-health. Bumper Jack's cousin John Foster is unanimously elected to replace him.
1787 The Theatre Royal at Smock Alley closed down. Used for a time as a whiskey store, it was purchased by Fr Michael Blake in 1811 who built nearby St Michael and John's Church.
1790 July 5 - The Irish mail coach makes its first run from Dublin to Waterford. A twice-weekly stage-coach service operated between Dublin and Drogheda to the north, Kilkenny to the south and Athlone to the west as early as 1737 and for a short period from 1740, a Dublin to Belfast stage-coach existed. In Winter, this route took three days, with overnight stops at Drogheda and Newry. In Summer, travel time was reduced to two days. In 1789 mail coaches began a scheduled service from Dublin to Belfast They met the mail boats coming from Portpatrick in Scotland at Donaghadee, in Co Down. By the mid-19th century, most of the mail coaches in Ireland were eventually out-competed by Charles Bianconi’s country-wide network of open carriages, before this system in turn succumbed to the railways.
1790 July 9 - Death of James Bernard, MP for Cork, of whom the Gentleman’s Magazine reports: ‘Though he had an immense fortune, he did not live at the rate of £300 a year. His tailor’s bill never amounted to £61 per annum. He did not absolutely starve himself to death, as he lately showed himself a mere voluptuary, having a few months since married a fortunate girl of tender years, to whose tender embraces, it is feared, he fell a sacrifice’.
1791 Oct 14 – Society of United Irishmen founded at a meeting in Belfast attended by Wolfe Tone, Henry Joy McCracken, Thomas Russell and Samuel Neilson.
1791 Nov 7 – The Customs House (Teach an Chustaim) opens in Dublin.
1792 Lord MacCartney’s failed mission to negotiate better trading terms with the Chinese.
1792 24 March - Under the tutelage of Tommaso Giordani, the Dublin composer John Field made a successful debut in Dublin at the age of nine.
1793 Aug 16 - "The Convention Act (1793) was aimed at preventing the recurrence of events like the Convention of the Volunteers in 1782 where armed groups of Protestants from various parts of Ireland assembled in Dublin and were able to overawe the Government at a time when there were few troops in the country. Contrary to what has been sometimes stated, this Act was not aimed at delegates to the Catholic Committee in 1793 but at delegates to meetings of the newly formed United Irishmen, in particular a proposed National Assembly of United Irishmen at Athlone."
1794 Feb 4: French Assembly declares emancipation of all slaves throughout the French Empire; Bonaparte reverses his eight years later.
1794 Sept 4 -Death of John Hely-Hutchinson, lawyer, statesman, and Provost of Trinity College, Dublin. Born at Gortroe, Mallow, son of Francis Hely, a gentleman of Co Cork, he was educated at Trinity College (BA 1744), Dublin, and was called to the Irish bar in 1748.
1795 May 5 - House of Commons rejects Grattan’s Catholic relief bill.
1796 Aug 12: Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin receives its first prisoners. Adopting the reform ideas put forth by John Howard, the new gaol focused on silence, separation, and supervision. The prisoners went from being held in one large room to being separated into individual cells. They were required to remain silent and the gaol was designed so the guards could easily supervise all of the prisoners.
1796 Nov 3 - First court sittings at the Four Courts, Dublin.
1797 July 9 - Death of the political theorist, Edmund Burke, in Dublin. He is regarded as one of the most important figures in the development of parliamentary democracy.
1798 French invade Malta.
1799 March 3-7: Napoleon seizes port city of Jaffa and brutally puts thousands of prisoners to death by bayonet.


With the Irish government weakened by the revolutionary war in North America, members of the Ascendancy parliament in Dublin united with Presbyterian merchants to raise the Volunteers. This was effectively a private army, free from government control, but recruited to stall a French invasion – ostensibly in the name of the government. In 1782 the musket-power of the Volunteers combined with Grattan’s persistence in parliament secured some short-lived economic and parliamentary reforms for Ireland – free trade and legislative independence. The Irish Parliament – which included Bumper Jack McClintock and, later, George Bunbury - could now pass laws without requiring Westminster’s approval. On the downside, they still could not control the Irish executive which, along with the Lord Lieutenant, continued to be carefully chosen by the government in London.

The Volunteers initially supported the French Revolution and the Storming of the Bastille but quickly grew alarmed by its godless and violent anarchy. By 1793 the government had suppressed the Volunteers and replaced them with a government-controlled Irish Yeomanry, specifically recruited for the defence of the realm.


Jack and Patience McClintock had four sons and four daughters, who were the uncles and aunts of Captain William McClintock Bunbury and the 1st Lord Rathdonnell:

1. John McClintock, aka Old Turnip, who succeeded to Drumcar and married Jane Bunbury, see below.

2. Rev. Alexander McClintock, Rector of Newtown Barry, who was born circa 1775 and married (so young?!) in 1790 (more likely 1799 proposes Sylvia McClintock) to Anne Pratt, daughter of Mervyn Pratt, with whom he had 3 sons and 6 daughters. He was the clergyman caught up in the Tithe Wars.

3. William Foster McClintock, born 17th October 1777, sometime deputy serjeant at Parliament House (with his brother). In 1803 he married Mary Helden, daughter of Major General Helden, with whom he had four sons and five daughters. Their eldest son was William Charles Helden Foster McClintock was born in 1805 and died unmarried in January 1890. With a postal address at Reliance, Essequibo, Dememrara, British Guiana, he appears to be the William C. F. McClintock referred to in ‘Experiences of a Demerara Magistrate’ (Daily Chronicle: Georgetown, British Guiana, 1948), a series of letters dated 1863-1869 by Sir G. William des Voeux, GCMG, to the Secretary of State for the Colonies regarding the treatment of East Indian immigrants on Sugar estates in Demerara. In the book, Sir William recalled meeting William McClintock who served initially as the first Postholder in Berbice and then as Superintendent of Rivers and Creeks in the extreme west of the colony for 33 years, before finishing up as a Special Magistrate. Records of his time describe him variously as ‘outstanding’ and ‘exemplary.’ Sir William states that McClintock’s 'knowledge of Indians was unsurpassed among white men.’ He later wrote: ‘After leaving Anna Regina, the only white man seen was Mr McClintock, the Superintendent of Rivers and Creeks of the Pomeroon district, at whose house on that river we spent our night both going and returning. McClintock was a singular character, who, however, and likely and respect from all the came in contact with him. As he was the only educated man in the colony with similar experience, I always regretted that I was able to see so little of him. His visits to the civilised part of the colony were very rare; and so this was the first as well as the last time we ever met.’ It is to be noted that Sir William also referred to the work of the magistrate Mr Everard Im Thurn ‘who seems in later days to have equalled, if not surpassed, my friend McClintock in his knowledge of the Guiana interior and its inhabitants.’ Everard Im Thum was later the boss of my father’s grandfather, T.L. McClintock Bunbury, 3rd Baron Rathdonnell.

4. Henry McClintock who was known as Harry, according to the archives of the Northern Rangers. He was the Collector of Customs in Dundalk and married Elizabeth Melesina Fleury, a descendent of the Protetsant Pastor of Tours and daughter of the Ven. George Fleury, Archdeacon of Waterford. I have covered the story of his descendants, including the Arctic explorer Admiral Sir Leopold McClintock, Dr Alfred McClintock of the Rounda and others at this page.

5. Marianne, m. 1 Jan. 1787, Mathew Fortescue, of Stephenstown House, Dundalk, Co. Louth. The last deeds in Box D1 of the Rathdonnell Papers are a conveyance to John McClintock of Drumcar of the advowson of Kilsaran, Co. Louth [near Drumcar], 1785, and the settlement made on the marriage of his daughter, Mary Anne (aka Marianne) with Mathew Fortescue. Marriane Fortesues portrait was painted in 1796; a Mrs Joan Mulcahy bought it at the Stephenstown auction on 16.7.1975. Mathew Fortescue's portrait was painted in 1810 by Sir Henry Raeburn.
Mathew and Marianne had issue, a son, Mathew Fortescue (1791-1845) of Stephenstown (father to Lt. Col. John Charles William Fortescue, Major Frederick Richard Norman Fortescue (see below) & others) and three daughters, Anna Maria (who married in 1817 Sir George Forster, Bart, DL, MP), Harriet (who died young) and Emily (1797-1870) who was married on 11 Nov 1818 to J. Harvey Thursby (d. 1860), of Abbington Abbey, Northampton. She wrote a diary that has been published - see here for more. ['Mathew Fortescue, of Stephenstown, county Louth, Efq; to Miss M'Clintock, daughter John McClintock, of Drumcar, M. P. for Ennifkillen'. Dublin Evening Post, Thursday 4 January 1787.]
Among Marianne's grandsons was Major Frederick Richard Norman Fortescue (1823-1867) who was in the East India Army in India where he died of cholera in 1867. He had two children out of wedlock to a Elizabeth Albertina Quin - a son, Henry Norman Anstruther Ebrington Fortescue (born in Meerut in 1851, moved to Australia in 1880 and became an accountant), and a daughter Florence Eglantine Fortescue (born in Agra in 1854, fate unknown; her brother Henry named his first daughter after her). These details provided by Henry's great-granddaughter Janice Gregory of Sydney in July 2018. On 6 November 1860, Major Fortescue married Marion Jane Comm, eldest daughter of General John Garstin (1756-1820), Comm, Royal Engineers, Bengal, and architect of the Golghar in Patna. The Major and Marion Jane had a son Matthew Charles Fortescue (b. 1861, who later succeeded to Stephenstown and married Edith Magdalen Fairlie-Cunninghame), Frederick Richard Norman (who died in infancy) and Kathleen Mary Geraldine (who was married in 1894 to Eastwood J. J. Biggar, jun., of Falmore Hall, Louth). Marion Jane died on 15 June 1901.

6. Elizabeth, m. 31 Dec. 1801, Lieut.-Col. Henry Le Blanc. Major Le Blanc was born in Suffolk in 1776 and commissioned as a Major in the 71st Foot on 12 June 1806. He served in South America in 1806 but lost a leg in a fight at at the village of Reduccion during General Beresford's ill-fated attack on Buenos Aires. He was made Lieutenant-Colonel of the 5th Royal Veteran Battalion on 5 February 1807, and reduced in 1815. The bell in St. Tanwg's church, Harlech, Wales, was a gift from Lt Colonel Henry Le Blanc in thanksgiving for the rescue of himself and his family attempting to cross the estuary at Traeth Bach on August 14th 1844. He died in London in 1855.

7. Rebecca was married at Drumcar on 21 August 1799 to Edward Hardman (1768-1854), eldest son of Edward Hardman, M.P. ['On the 23rd instant, at Drumcar. county Louth; Edward Hardman, jun. Esq, to Miss M'Clintock, daughter the late John M'Clintock, of Drumcar, Efq.' Saunders's News-Letter, Wednesday 28 August 1799] Mr. Hardman senior was a heavyweight Drogheda linen, grain, wine and general merchant who became one of Speaker Foster's protoges and, like McClintock and Foster, opposed the union. Edward Hardman jun. was a confidential secretary in Lord Minto’s missions to Toulon and Corsica, and a captain in the Louth Militia. In 1807, Foster’s ‘persevering friendship’ secured him the place of secretary to the board of excise, which gave him an income of £1,200 a year. Further details o the Hardman family's politics can be found here: http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1790-1820/member/hardman-edward-1741-1814 while Edward Hardman's business interests in Drogheda and his friendship with John Foster forms the nucleus of John Fitzgerald's excellent, unpublished MA thesis from UCD (1972) entitled 'The organisation of the Drogheda economy, 1780-1820’.

8. Fanny, m. 6 June 1798, Theophilus Clive esq of the Isle of Wight, the son of George Clive and Sidney Bolton and a brother of Edward Bolton Clive esq, MP for Hereford. He was a grandson of Benjamin Clive, Vicar of Duffield, Co. Derby, and a cousin of the celebrated Clive of India (1725-1774). See Earl Powis. Theophilus had been married before to Mary Anne Kelly, daughter of Admiral W. H. Kelly. Theophilus and Fanny had at least two sons. One son was Lieut. John McClintock Clive of HMS Challenger who was 'drowned by the upsetting of a boat on the South American coast ... together with the purser's steward and two boys' on 19th January 1834. (The Annual register, or, A view of the history, politics, and literature for the year 1834, Volume 76, J. Dodsley, 1835). According to The Nautical Magazine, quoting news from the Devonport Telegraph, the young lieutenant 'went out boating in Berkeley Bay, Falkland Islands, accompanied by a gunner, steward, and two young persons belonging to the Challenger. Finding that a considerable time had elapsed without the parties returning, the officers of the Challenger, fearing that some accident had occurred, sent another boat in the direction they had steered. Their boat was found upset and nothing belonging to the party but one hat. When the accounts came off, diligent search was making for the bodies.' (The Nautical magazine: a journal of papers on subjects connected with maritime affairs, Volume 3, Brown, Son and Ferguson, 1834). Another son was Theophilus Clive jun. who was married in Florence on 23 April 1840 to Frances Caroline Somerset, second daughter of General Lord Edward Somerset, GCB, (1776-1842) who was himself the fourth son of the 5th Duke of Beaufort. Theophilus jun. died on 1 August 1875, leaving a son Colonel Henry Somerset Clive (b. 9 January 1841) who married (1) Ada Blanche Thomas, December 1862 and (2) Ellen Lizzie Lugard, daughter of Lt.-Col. H. W. Lugard, 19 June 1879.



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Above: An epic portrait of the Last Parliament of Ireland, elected 1790, by H. Barraud and J. Hayter. This parliament was hosted in Parliament House on College Green, the same building where US President Barack Obama addressed the people of Ireland in 2011.

Below left: Clad in a scarlet coat, knickerbockers and possibly a black cap, Bumper Jack, aka John McClintock, MP for Belturbet, appears to have nodded off to sleep. To his left, John La Touche converses with Thomas Whaley. To his immediate right, the bewigged F.J. Falkiner, MP for Dublin City, stares into the middle distance. To the right of Falkiner, John Finlay whispers into the ear of Sir Barry Denny.

Middle: The same view, but with John Philpott Curran standing up addressing the House; George Ponsonby and the Hon. Denis Browne are to be seen below Curran's outstretched arm, whilst just above his hand is the face of Henry Bruen, MP for Carlow, whose great-granddaughter Kate would marry John McClintock's great-grandson, Tom McClintock Bunbury, later 2nd Baron Rathdonnell.

Bottom right: Another scene from the same painting shows John McClintock's cousin John Foster, Speaker of the Irish House of Commons, seated high above a table, attended to by Sir Henry Cavendish and two clerks, Robert Thornton and Edward Tresham. McClintock and Foster were united in their opposition to the Act of Union which abolished the Irish House of Parliament.


In May 2014, I met Bryan Rogers of County Louth who asked me if I knew anything of a black servant called John Suttoe employed by the McClintocks of Drumcar in the late 18th century. I said I did not and was most astonished to hear this. It transpired that a two-masted cargo ship called the Mary Ann had been making her way from New York to Liverpool under its master Thomas Quill when she ran aground at Dunany on the coast of County Louth. [1] The Sibthorpe family, who lived at Dunany, quickly rallied to save the cargo in a manner that brings Poldark to mind. The conceit is that John Suttoe was a crew member on board the Mary Ann an that he subsequently stayed in Ireland, married a local woman and went to work for the McClintocks.

Bryan subsequently sent me the following three extracts:

"The Mary Ann of New York bound for Liverpool stranded on the beach opposite the house of Robert Subthrope [sic] at ‘Dunneany’, County Louth, on 14-3-1783. She carried rum, tobacco and staves.* The crew mutinied and a large crowd of country people assembled. The captain tried to prevent them boarding the ship. Mr Subthorpe armed his servants and went to the assistance of the captain. He personally dealt with the ringleader and saved the cargo from pillage”.
Extracted from Saunders Newsletter, 14th March 1783.

* 'Staves' was initially construed as 'slaves' which would have been rather more exciting and dreadful, but I am content that it was 'staves' not 'slaves' on board.

'The following extraordinary match took place last week at Drumcar, near Dunleer. About two years ago a ship was wrecked near that place, on board of which there was a Black, who very soon afterwards became a servant at Drumcar; he often expressed a desire of marrying a white woman; this coming to the ears of Miss Margaret Brien, of Clintonstown, in that neighbourhood, she took several opportunities of dancing with him at the little parties in the neighbourhood; this encouraged him to propose for her, and he got some friends to interfere; they had several meetings, and at last settled everything and they were married before a vast crowd of people. No young girl could behave with more propriety, or modesty; there was a very elegant supper prepared, and the bride and bridegroom seemed as happy as possible, and are now enjoying all the comforts of a married life.'
Faulkner’s Journal, quoted in Dublin Evening Post, Saturday 23 April 1785. The Freeman’s Journal, 21-23 April 1785, also published the above and described the bride as Margaret O’Brien.

“Very cold stormy day – I went as usual to the Custom House – I have a painter, a carpenter & two labourers at work at my house – poor old John Suttoe (the black man who lived so many years with my father) is one of my labourers – I walked out for an hour or two before dinner with my gun and killed one plover and three staires – dined at home with my mother and Betsy – Louis much better.”
Wednesday 16th December 1812, Dundalk. From ‘The Journal of Henry McClintock, 1783-1843’, edited by Padraig O’Neill (2001).

In sending the above, Bryan Rogers added: '‘There is no evidence that John Suttoe came from the ship stranded at Dunany but the dates and descriptions fit and I think it is pretty certain that it was from this ship that he came. For his help in dealing with the mutiny etc, Robert Sibthorpe may have received one or more of the slaves from the ships captain. Robert was however deeply in debt and he may have sold on the slave or slaves to realise some badly needed cash. A search of the marriage and birth records did not produce any results for Margaret O'Brien and John Suttoe. Maybe some further research might turn up some more information on this fascinating story.’

As I say, I think the ship was carrying staves not slaves. There was certainly no mention of slaves in my subsequent research, For instance, the following:

“On Thursday last in a violent storm a ship named the Mary Ann of New York laden with rum, tobacco and staves, bound for Liverpool, was stranded opposite the House of Robert Sibthorpe, Esq, at Dunneanny in the co Louth; when the vessel struck, great part of the crew mutinied and quitted the ship, being intimidated by the country people, who they discovered assembling on the shore in great numbers, with intent to plunder the vessel, and soon after boarded her, and threatened to throw the captain and the remaining hands overboard if they made any resistance. In this dilemma the captain continued for some time until he was relieved by the appearance of Stephen James Sibthorpe Esq., whose spirited and prudent conduct on this occasion cannot be sufficiently applauded. This young gentleman, upon hearing the account, immediately armed himself and his servants and repaired to the vessel, where he found a great number of the country people aboard in a state of ebriety, having before his arrival broke open the locks, and tore all before them in plundering the vessel, and were preparing to carry away part of the cargo, but Mr Sibthorpe, at the hazard of his life obliged them immediately to desist, and took one of the ringleaders with his own hand, who had the audacity to make a blow at him with a drawn hanger, and sent for the proper officers, put the ship and cargo under their care with a sufficient guard to assist the officers, and attended in person both day and night, by which means the snip and cargo have been preserved for the benefit of the owners. The fatigued passengers were also taken care of, having been conducted to Dunneany where they met with proper refreshment and attention.”
The Hibernian Magazine, Or, Compendium of Entertaining Knowledge, 15 March 1783.

A similar report can be found in The Gentleman's Magazine (London, England), Volume 53 via at and the London St James Chronicle or British Evening Post of March 18, 1783, p. 4.

Stephen Sibthorpe [Saunder's printed his name as Simthorpe] and Thomas Quill, master of the Mary Ann, held an auction of her cargo at Sibthorpe’s house in Dunany, on Tuesday 25 March 1783. An advertisement for the auction in Saunders's News Letter of 23 March, describes the cargo as including Tobacco, 61 barrels of Turpentine, 4 bags or bales of Sassapirella [perhaps the Smilax regelii plant, from which the soft drink Sarsaparilla was made; the plant is native to Mexico and Central America and was regarded as a medicinal cure for syphilis], a Parcell of ’70 Pieces’ of Saffaras [presumably sassafras, another native American plant used for culinary, medicinal, and aromatic purposes], one cask of Snuff, 760 White Oak Logs for Hogshead, 194 Oak Barrel Staves, 139 Hickory Hand Spikes, Gun Swivels, and Anchors. Also for sale was the vessel itself, ‘built of live Oak, and all the Materials that were saved out of her, as she now lies at Dunany Bay.’ It does not appear that the sale was wholly successful as there was a second auction advertised in Saunder’s in May. Indeed, the Dublin Evening Post of 1 January 1785 carried an advertisement for a sale at the Custom House in Drogheda on 11 January, nearly two years after the accident, of many of the above named goods, which was being orchestrated by Colonel Thomas Shepherd.


[1] The Mary Ann was described as a snow, meaning she was a square rigged vessel with two masts, complemented by a snow- or trysail-mast stepped immediately abaft (behind) her main mast. Audrey Dewjee found Quill, the name of the ship’s captain: ‘The Mary Ann, Quill, from New York and Cork to Liverpoole [sic], is lost in Dublin Bay.’ From The Public Advertiser, Tuesday 18th March, 1783, Issue 15226.

[2] Pauline Scarborough alerted me to the story of John Mulgrave, an African boy recalled on a plaque in St Werburgh's church in Dublin, see http://comeheretome.com/2012/05/17/john-mulgrave-the-african-boy/

[3] Sarah Maguire told of the black servant boy in the Angelica Kauffmann 'The Ely Family' (1771) while Audrey Dewjee also noted, in reference to Lord Edward Fitzgerald's servant Tony Small, the burial of an Anthony Small, "a black aged 40", in Wimbledon in 1804. She wondered could this by Lord Edward's Tony Small, husband of Julie and father of Moirico (born c.1797/8)?

[4] Sylvia McClintock adds: 'In La Belle Pamela, the biography of Pamela, Lady Edward Fitzgerald, by Lucy Ellis & Joseph Turquan, publ. 1924, it says that Tony Small - a black man - rescued Lord Edward at the battle of Eutaw Springs, 1781, by carrying him on his back off the battlefield. Lord Edward, in gratitude, took him into his service and Small remained with him until Lord Edward's death. His wife, Julie, was Lady Edward's French nurse-maid for little Pamela, later Lady Campbell (an ancestress of Sylvia). After Lord Edward's death in 1798, Lady Pamela went to the Continent with Tony & Julie Small and their child, a son called Moirico, also her daughter, little Pamela. She had to leave her son and baby daughter behind. She settled in Hamburg, where she married Joseph Pitcairn. The Smalls went back to England shortly afterwards. On 7 Decemeber 1798, Tony and Julia [sic] Small had a daughter Harriet Pamela Small who was christened at St. James's, Westminster, London, on 2 January 1816. It is not clear why it took 18 years to christen her. Audrey Dewjee also found a reference to a marrage between Harriet Pamela Small and Henry Anthony Tucker at Marylebone, Middlesex, England, on 22 June 1817.

On the excellent Come Here To Me blog, Audrey also found the following, in which Tony refers to his children: At the time of the passing of Edward, Tony was staying with Pamela in England. Both were naturally devastated, and the passing of the aristocrat-turned-revolutionary brought an unexpected twist in Tony’s life, as Pamela would in-time remarry and Tony and Julie felt it time to move on. Setting themselves up in London off the back of their savings, Tony died there following a period of illness. Not much was known of this period in Tony’s life, but recently released letters from the Fitzgerald family have shined a light on the period. Kevin Whelan has noted in a feature for History Ireland magazine (Vol 7, Issue 4) that:

"After 1798, Tony drops out of view but these new letters pick him up again. He had moved to London, and set up in trade in Piccadilly. Falling ill in 1803, he appealed to the Fitzgerald family for assistance which was quickly forthcoming (according to Lucy). The letter demonstrates Tony Small’s accomplished literacy. He talks of having spent money on doctors and asks ‘the family to make up a sum of money for me so that I might be able to keep on business for my wife and children which is my greatest trouble’. Small was obviously in contact with Arthur O’Connor’s peripatetic servant, Jerry O’Leary, because O’Connor wrote from Fort George that he had heard that Tony had fallen on hard times and was not being helped. Lucy Fitzgerald adds an indignant annotation that the family were indeed assisting him."

[5] For further information, see ‘The Sibthorpe Families of Co. Louth and Dublin City’ (a project by Joan O’Mara for certificate in genealogy/family history at University College Dublin) and ‘The Massereene and Ferard Collection, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland’, as well as 'Africans in 18th century Ireland’ (Hart, Irish Historical Studies).

As regards Irish families who owned slaves, see Ian Cantwell's study.

With thanks to Luke Torris, Bryan Rogers, Maria O'Brien, John Caffrey (Sibthorpe family historian), Pauline Scarborough, Sylvia McClintock and Audrey Dewjee.


John McClintock was one of original 25 founding members (as was a Filgate) of the Northern Rangers Hunt Club, which was founded on 23 March 1774 in Dundalk at Simon Baileys Inn. The inn was used as a clubhouse for many years to follow; bills were frequently overdue to the long-suffering Mr. Bailey. The object was to come together for a week or two and hunt, using various members hounds and a "bagged fox". John became its Treasurer in 1783. By the 1790s they started horse matches on the Clermont course and later when the Louth Pack was started as a professional hunt, the Northern Rangers kept together as a dining club to support it. When the rebellion broke out in ’98, all hunt clubs like the Rangers quickly became Militia. That said, there seems to have been no religious bias and, from the beginning, old Catholic families such as the Bellews of Barmeath ((RCs until 1920s when they married a Jameson and turned CofI) and Lord Louth were to the fore. An early rule states that no talk of politics or business is allowed in the club house. They sported dark brown coats with silver buttons. You were fined 5 shilling if you weren’t in costume and if you were caught not wearing britches, you risked being fired. I’ve seen the Rangers book and you can almost smell the claret on their blotchy signatures although the calligraphy is rather beautiful. By 1810, they were gambling big time.

The next generation of McClintocks were also members – John (elected 1792), Alick (elected 1799) and Henry [Harry] the diarist, as well as the Foster and Fortescue cousins. On 20 October 1816, William McClintock won a big race. Presumably when they met after a day’s hunting, all fired up, a few politicians among them and some hot young bloods, it could get quite aggressive? In 1823, it was noted that Dundalk was the ‘the centre of the rank and the fashion of that district of the Irish coast that extends from Castle Bellingham, to Jonesborough and Ravendsdale, in the neighborhood of Newry – The northern rangers, a celebrated hunt club, assemble in this place; and some of the gentry of the surrounding country exhibit, in their manners and appearance, a degree of taste and elegance that would not disgrace a court’. (Ireland Exhibited to England by A. Atkinson). The 2nd Baron Rathdonnell was in the Rangers from 1881 to 1904. I was after-dinner speaker at the Northern Rangers dinner in March 2016. (With thanks to Nick Nicholson and Edward Galvin).


Freemans Journal (Saturday, September 8th 1792):

‘We the High Sheriff and Grand Jury of said county [Louth] assembled at Summer Assizes, 1792, cannot express in terms too strong our abhorrence of the wicked and daring attempt made by a printed letter from persons calling themselves the Sub-Committee of the Catholics of Ireland, signed Edward Byrne, and circulated through this kingdom, to excite a spirit of discontent among the Catholics, and rouse their animosity against the Protetsants and the Constitution. A letter which most falsely tells them that they are not secure of an impartial administration of justice – that they are oppressed even to slavery – that a change of that part of the Constitution which secures I the Protestant establishment is essential to their existence; and then endeavors to induce them to disturb the tranquility of the kingdom by urging them to illegal and unconstitutional associations, and to elect a Popish Congress to meet in the metropolis, with the vain expectation that it can overawe the Parliament, and that the Constitution is not strong enough to repress and punish so daring a violation.

Though we have a strong reliance upon the good sense and loyalty of the Roman Catholics at large, that the seditious views of the authors and propagators of the said Letter will be disappointed, yet we feel it a duty particularly incumbent on us at this time to declare our sentiments fully and decidedly in the following resolutions.

Resolved, That under the laws which vest the elective franchise in Protestants only, this kingdom has improved, and is rapidly improving in trade, wealth, and manufactures; its freedom has been vindicated and secured; its population encreased [sic], and that since those laws have been called frequently into operation, the progress of the national prosperity has been more vigorous and rapid.

Resolved, That the allowing to Roman Catholics the right of voting for Members to serve in Parliament, or admitting them to any participation in the Government of the kingdom, is incompatible with the safety of the Protestant establishment, the continuance of the succession to the Crown in the illustrious House of Hanover, and must finally tend to shake, if not destroy our connexion with Great Britain, on the continuance and inseparability of which depends the happiness and prosperity of this kingdom.

Resolved, That we will oppose every attempt towards such a dangerous innovation, and that we will support with our lives and fortunes our present Constitution, and the Settlement of the Throne on his Majesty’s Protestant House.

Mathew Plunkett, Sheriff
John Foster,
Thomas Henry Foster,
Richard Dawson,
John Wm. Foster,
John McClintock, Jun.
Mathew Fortescue,
Wm. Ruxton,
James Tisdall,
O’Brien Bellingham,
Francis Tipping,
Wm. Brabazon.


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This long-case clock was built for the Irish House of Commons in 1795 and reputedly stood in
Parliament House on College Green, Dublin, during the last five years of John McClintock’s
term as Serjeant-at-Arms. It was designed by the architect Francis Johnston whose family
motto ‘Nunquam non paratus’ (Never Unprepared) adorns the top of the clock.

Known as the Speaker’s Clock, my guess is that it was commissioned by John Foster, last
Speaker of the Irish House of Commons. Johnston had lived for a time in Drogheda, close to
both Foster and McClintock, designing Townley Hall for Blayney Townsend Balfour. He was
awarded the Freedom of Drogheda in 1787. In 1803 Johnston won the contract to convert the
Irish Parliament House into the Bank of Ireland, while his later work included the Chapel Royal
at Dublin Castle (1807-14) and the General Post Office (1814-18).

The clock was briefly kept at Leinster House where it was placed beside a heater and cracked.
It then went to auction at Fonsie Mealy’s in 2015 and was in danger of leaving Ireland when a
venerable Roscommon voice (aka Jim Callery) piped up and bought it for €115,000; the clock is
now secure in Strokestown Park where it had been fixed up by a horologist. It plays five pieces
of music, one of which is ‘God Save the King.’ One imagines the clock’s ominous ticking as
Parliament prepared to vote itself out of existence.


On 7th May 1794, with John McClintock’s nod, William Woolsey, LL.B., was installed as the new Rector of Kilsaran. According to Leslie, he was the son of John Woolsey, of Priorland, Dundalk, and had at first entered the army, becoming a Lieutenant in the 61st Regt., but he afterwards took Holy Orders. He had been a Curate in Kent before 1790, when he became H. Heynestown (1790-1810). He was also C. of Dromiskin 1800-1810 at £75 per annum.

In May 1777, he married Mary Anne, third daughter of Alan Bellingham, of Castlebellingham and had issue, inter alias, John Woolsey, of Milestown, whose surviving children are Major-Gen. Woolsey, D.L., Milestown, and Mrs. Wm. Thornhill, of Eastgate. He resigned Kilsaran in 1797, when John McClintock’s son Alexander filled the position, but was re-appointed in September 1810. He seems to have been allowed in later years to live in Dublin on account of his advanced age and infirmity (Via. B. 1820), but he kept a Curate at Kilsaran. He died in 1832.


John McClintock was born in Dublin on the 14th Aug 1770, the eldest son of John 'Bumper Jack' McClintock esq of Drumcar by his marriage to Patience Foster, first cousin of John 'Speaker' Foster. He was apparently known as 'Old Turnip'. One suggested origin for his nickname is that he used the expression "I don't give an old turnip what he / she thinks / says" etc. It occurs to me that another, more practical reason may be connected to the Agricultural Revolution then underway across Britain and Ireland. Among those who had spear-headed it was Viscount Townshend, a brother-in-law of prime minister Robert Walpole, who was known as Turnip Townshend because of his strong interest in farming turnips. Townsend, who died in 1738, had promoted the adoption of the Norfolk four-course system, involving rotation of turnips, barley, clover, and wheat crops. He was also an enthusiastic advocate of growing turnips as a field crop, for livestock feed. Could Old Turnip McClintock have been similarly inclined?

John was five years old when his father succeeded Alexander McClintock at Drumcar and began building the new house. John initially went to school in Drogheda. In 1787, while French Revolutionaries were polishing their bayonets, 17-year-old John McClintock entered the University of Dublin, aka Trinity College, as a fellow commoner. The Provost at this time was the Cork-born duelling lawyer John Hely (later Hely-Hutchinson) while the Chancellor was Prince William, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh, a younger brother of George III. John remained at Trinity for three years and a half, and took a degree of Bachelor of Arts. He entered Lincoln's Inn in 1790.


On 21 July 1793, the execution of Louis XVI, king of arguably the most Royalist country in Europe, by radical leftist revolutionaries was the equivalent of Maoists murdering and taking over the government of the United States in the 1960s. It was unthinkable, and unacceptable, which is why all other Royal states in Europe joined forces and attacked this new Republic with their private mercenary armies. France was hit hard until the government persuaded the French people that this was total war, do or die, that their future survival depended on their ability to unite and arm and defeat the invaders. On 23rd August 1793 the National Convention places France on a total war footing with a Levée en Masse that stated:

1. Henceforth, until the enemies have been driven from the territory of the republic, the French people are in permanent requisition for army service. The young men shall go to battle; the married men shall forge arms and transport provision; the women shall make tents and clothes, and shall serve in the hospitals; the children shall turn old linen into lint; the old men shall repair to the public places, to stimulate the courage of the warriors and preach the unity of the Republic and hatred of kings
2. National buildings shall be converted into barracks; public places into armament workshops; the soil of cellars shall be washed in lye to extract saltpeter therefrom.
3. Arms of the caliber shall be turned over exclusively to those who march against the enemy; the service of the interior shall be carried on with fowling pieces and sabers.
4. Saddle horses are called for to complete the cavalry corps; draught horses, other than those employed in agriculture, shall haul artillery and provisions.



He had originally intended himself for the profession of the law, and had actually kept several Terms for that purpose, but his intentions in this respect were changed by a vacancy having occurred in the office of Serjeant-at-Arms to the Irish House of Commons’.[x] One wonders whether the vacancy was in any way connected to a fire at Parliament House in 1792. John McGrath, the inimitable Premises Manager of what is now the Bank of Ireland at 2 College Green related this tale to me in August 2017:

"The “gallery space [at Parliament House] was grievously curtailed in 1789, but it could still seat two hundred and eighty persons conveniently until the reconstruction of the Chamber after the fire of 1792. At this date a certain Nesbit, a smoke doctor, had been introduced to the Speaker, proposing himself as a fit person to warm the House with flues under the floor and around the corridor, ceiling and dome. One of his flues opened, through the vaults, at the head of the table where the mace lay and 'here many a bashful young member coming to be sworn was 'kept dancing on the hot grating at the mouth of the flue in the utmost 'agony amongst sulphurous vapour and smells'. This was a slight inconvenience compared to the ensuing disaster. On the 27th February, 1792, a defect in one of the wall flues set fire to the splendid timber construction of Pearce's roof. An eyewitness describes how between five and six o'clock, just as the Speaker had taken the Chair after prayers, smoke was seen issuing from the roof and soon filled the space between roof and gallery. 'The fire ran round the base of the dome and appeared to raise it up and support it on a column of flame. For a short time it appeared to remain suspended, hovering in the air when the fiery columns appeared to give way and the vast dome sank within its walls. The massive walls protected the other part of the magnificent building and the damage of the fire was entirely confined to the seeming volcano in the centre'. So perished Pearce's House of Commons.”

21-year-old John McClintock was appointed to this post in 1794, in conjunction with his younger brother, William Foster McClintock esq, who died in 1839.[iii] He remained Serjeant-at-Arms for the next six years. As Serjeant one of his roles involved looking after the Speaker’s mace. On this subject, FB Hamilton advises: ‘When the mace lies on the table, it is a house. When under the table, it is a committee. When out of the house, no business can be done When from the table and on the Serjeant's shoulders, no motion can be made'. This was still the golden age of Grattan's Parliament.

It evidently paid well. On Wednesday February 5th 1794, Resolution No. 43 of the House of Commons in Dublin resolved ‘that it is the opinion of this committee, that a sum of £670 be given to John M'Clintock, Serjeant at Arms, as a reward for his attendance and service this session of Parliament’. [1]

Was John the Serjeant at arms during the Kingston Trial in which case it was a lucky escape for the United Irishmen were all set to storm Parliament and hold everyone therein hostage! See p. 44 – 45 of White Knight, Black Earl. [18 May 1798 – The 2nd Earl of Kingston is tried amid great pomp by the Irish House of Lords for the murder of Colonel Henry FitzGerald. An executioner stands beside Kingston with an immense axe, painted black except for two inches of polished steel, and held at the level of the defendant’s neck. However, no witnesses appear for the prosecution, and Kingston is acquitted. The Directory of the United Irishmen had planned to use the occasion to kill the entire government and all the lords, but one vote cast against this scheme (by the informer Francis Magan) causes it to be abandoned. See here for more]

Box D/4 4 of the Rathdonnell Papers includes an addendum to the foregoing settlement, dated 10 July 1797, John McClintock Senior (aka Bumper Jack) covenants that this third son, William Foster McClintock, now a minor and named in John McClintock Senior's patent as Serjeant-at-Arms in the Irish House of Commons, will on attaining the age of 21 surrender his rights and emoluments under the patent to the trustees of John McClintock Junior's and Jane Bunbury's marriage settlement [ie the emoluments will be settled on the issue of the marriage. In the event, the office was abolished under the terms of the Act of Union before William Foster McClintock's coming-of-age, so some alternative arrangement must have been made over the compensation money paid following its abolition.]

[1] Volume 14 of The Parliamentary Register, Or, History of the Proceedings and Debates of the House of Commons of Ireland, p. 23. Printed for J. Porter, P. Byrne, and W. Porter, 1795.


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Above: Rev. Alexander 'Alick' McClintock, Rector of Castlebelligham (1804), by Woodhouse.
Portrait courtesy of Sylvia Wright (nee McClintock).


On 26th January 1797, Jack and Patience's son Alexander McClintock, known as Alick, was installed as Rector of Kilsaran by his Patron (and father) 'Bumper Jack' M'Clintock, of Drumcar, M.P. It is to be noted that Drumcar had come into the ownership of the Foster family in 1711 and that perhaps the appointment had as much to do with the family of Alick's mother, Patience Foster. Slightly confusingly his portrait alongside this text was claimes he was also Rector of Castlebellingham in 1804.

Alick was born in 1775 and became Curate of Kilsaran in 1796, so that, maintains Leslie, “if the former date is correct, he must have been ordained under the canonical age.” He resigned the Kilsaran parish in 1810, and afterwards became Rector of St. Mary's, Newtownbarry, Co. Wexford (1810-36), Rector of Ballymartle, Cork (1815-24, home turf of the Meade family); Rector of Glenbarrahan (or Castlehaven) in Ross, West Cork (1824-8) and Rector of Clonegal, Ferns (1828-36). He may also have been Rector of St. Paul's, Kildavin, County Carlow, at this time.

A 21st century genealogist advised me that the Rev. Alick McClintock was a poor record keeper. In 1831, he became deeply embroiled in the Tithe Wars when fourteen people were killed during a riot in Newtownbarry (now Bunclody) known as the Battle of the Pound.

Alexander’s wife Anne (or Nancy) was one of ten children born to Mervyn Pratt of Cabra, Co. Cavan, the man who laid out the town of Kingscourt. Anne was also a niece of the Rev. Joseph Pratt, Rector of Dromiskin, Co. Louth (1766-1831). The Pratt marriage was undoubtedly tied up with Alexander’s mothers’ family, the Fosters of Dunleer, Co. Louth, who owned the land where the present Cabra Castle stands today. Patience McClintock’s first cousin John Thomas Foster, the owner of this land, was the husband of the sexually charged ‘Lady Bess’ who reputedly enjoyed lesbian love with Georgina, Duchess of Devonshire. After John Thomas Foster’s premature death in 1796, another cousin Henry Foster became trustee of the Cabra lands. However, Henry appears to have gone bankrupt over the next 18 years and, in 1813, Nancy McClintock’s first cousin Colonel Joseph Pratt (a son of the Rev. Joseph of Dromiskin) bought the Foster’s castle with about 400 acres from Augustus Foster (a son of John Thomas and Lady Bess).

Incidentally, Colonel Joseph Pratt’s younger brother was Major Harvey de Montmorency Pratt who, through his marriage to Rose Kearney, daughter of Bishop Joseph Kearney, became an ancestor to one of President Barack Obama’s most unlikely Irish relatives.

Alexander and Nancy had issue, three sons and six daughters, before Alexander’s death on 6th August 1836. These nine children were first cousins of Captain William McClintock Bunbury and the 1st Lord Rathdonnell.

1) The eldest son the Rev. Henry Fitzalan McClintock, A.M., obtained a BA from Trinity College Dublin. He was Rector of Kilsaran from October 1832 until he resigned the parish on May 5, 1835. [For details of the previous rector William Woolsey, who married Mary Anne Bellingham, see above]. Henry F. McClintock became Prebendary and Vicar of Ballymodan (Bandon) from 1835 to 1846, before settling down as Rector of St. Michael’s Church in Kilmichael & Maclonleigh for 33 years. After he died, unmarried, on 6th October 1879, aged 73, the parishes of Kilmichael & Maclonleigh were joined to Inchigeela. He had two brothers.

2) The second son was the Rev. Lowry Cole McClintock, Prebendary of Kilmeen, Co. Cork, and formerly Rector of Ballincholla near Ballinrobe in the diocese of Tuam. He was also Rector of The Neale, Co. Mayo. He died unmarried in 2nd April 1876.

3) The third was Alexander Edward McClintock who died in 1900. He could feasibly have been the AE (Alexander Edward) McClintock who co-authored ‘The Law Directory of Ireland for 1847 and 1846’ with C. Brady. On 17th June 1862, he married Mary Selina Cottingham, daughter of Major Edward Cottingham, JP, 28th Regiment, Inspector General of Prisons in Ireland. Their only son Captain William Maxwell McClintock was born on 16th July 1868 (and baptised in Leeson Park, Dublin) but died unmarried aged 30 in 1898.

4) The eldest daughter Annette was born in 1799 and lived to be 100, dying on 24th October 1899.

5) The second daughter Francis Hester McClintock died in October 1881.

6) The third daughter Louisa died in 1882.

7) The fourth daughter Elizabeth Chomondelay was married in 1846 to Edward Beaufort, son of Rev. William Lewis Beaufort, LLD, and nephew of Sir Francis Beaufort (1774-1857), inventor of the Beaufort Scales. Edward’s mother was a daughter of Thomas St. Lawrence, Dean of Cork. Edward and Elizabeth had issue.

8) The fifth daughter Lucy Hester McClintock died unmarried in June 1882.

9) The sixth and youngest daughter Hester McClintock was married on 11th February 1840 – as his second wife – to Walter Hussey de Burgh, JP, of Donore House, Co. Kildare, and Dromkeen House, Co. Limerick. He was a grandson of the celebrated orator Walter Hussey Burgh, Lord Chancellor of Ireland, who had died so unexpectedly young aged 41 in 1783. Hester bore her husband three sons and six daughters, which was precisely the same number of boys and girls that her mother before her had begotten. Hester de Burgh died on 27th June 1858. Walter found time to marry a third wife, Jane Hughes (nee Dighy), and died 19th October 1862.

Jane McClintock Bunbury

Above: Jane McClintock (nee Bunbury) who was thrown from her horse and killed aged 22.
Below: Jane's tomb at St Swithun's Church near Bath, where her mother Katharine Bunbury
and brother Thomas Bunbury also lie. (Photo: David Howells, 2018)

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Jane Bunbury married John McClintock on 11th July 1797. She was the only daughter of William Bunbury esq of Moyle, MP for co Carlow, and sister to Thomas Bunbury esq, also MP for that county.

When Bumper Jack first met his new daughter-in-law, he made the mistake of greeting her maidservant first. That evening he may well have ruminated on Daniel Defoe's similar encounter which prompted the 'Robinson Crusoe' author to write: 'I remember I was put very much to the Blush, being at a Friends house and by him required to salute the ladies, and I kiss'd the Chamber Jade into the bargain, for she was as well dressed as the best. Things of this Nature would be easily avoided if servant maids were to wear Liveries'.

I do not know whether the wedding took place in Rathvilly, Dunleer, Bath or somewhere else. I presume the young couple then embarked on some form of a honeymoon before settling down somewhere near Drumcar where Bumper Jack was entering the final years of his life. On 26th August 1798 Jane gave birth to a boy, John McClintock, later Baron Rathdonnell.

In February 1799, Bumper Jack passed away aged 57 and John succeeded to Drumcar House. [His will is recorded in Sir Arthur Vicars 'Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland, 1536-1810’ (1897), p. 300.] A second son, William (later McClintock Bunbury of Lisnavagh). followed in September 1800. A daughter, Catherine, was born early in 1801 but the baby can hardly have been off the bosom when her mother was killed in a horsefall. I have further details of this on the above-linked page to her son. The tragedy happened as she was riding up Box Hill, some 6 miles north-east of Bath. I think the hill leads up from the river By-Brook (also known as The Weaver and Withy Brook) to a ridge, from where there are famously excellent views of the the Avonvale Valley below and nearby Solsbury Hill with its Iron Age fort. She was buried beneath an urn-topped tomb in the graveyard of St Swithun's Church, Bathford, a village 3 miles (4.8 km) east of Bath [on the A363, approx. 1km south of the A4], where her mother erected a memorial to her with this rather terrifying message:

On the Tomb of the much-lamented and accomplished
In the Burial-ground at Bathford.
Underneath is Interred the Body of
Who departed this Life on the 18th day of April, 1801,
In the 22nd Year of her Age,
This is erected as a small, but affectionate Token of Regard, by her afflicted Mother.

"Oh, ye Sons of Men! In the of midst life, ye are In death!
No state, no circumstance, can ascertain your preservation a single moment:
so strong is the tyrant’s arm, that nothing can reject its force;
so true his aim, that nothingcan elude the blow: -
Sometimes sudden as lightning is his arrow launched,
and wounds and kills
In the twinkling of an eye;
- Never promise yourselves safety in any expedient, but
The fatal shafts fly so promiscuously, that none can guessthe next victim; therefore,
"Be ye always ready, for in such an hour as ye think not the final summons cometh."

(Published in the London Courier and Evening Gazette, Monday 20 July 1801)

In September 2018, Jon Cooper, Clerk to Bathford Parish Council, very kindly forwarded me further deatils via David Howells of the Bathford Historical Society. This comprised of the above inscription (the top part, not the scary bit) and was compied from the “Monumental Inscriptions" volume created by the late Cmdr. Alan Craig (where it was recorded as Grave 60). The added details refer to Jane's mother Katharine and her brother Thomas Bunbury. Her other brother Kane lies in Rathvilly.

Underneath lies interred in the same grave with her daughter, Jane McCLINTOCK, the mortal remains of Katharine BUNBURY, relict of William BUNBURY B.A. of Lisnavagh, County Carlow, Ireland. She departed this life in the city of Bath August 9, 1834 in the 82nd year of her age.

Within this vault repose the mortal remains of Thomas BUNBURY Esq., M.P., for the County of Carlow of Moyne and Lisnavagh, in the same county, eldest son of William BUNBURY Esq. of Lisnavagh who also represented the Co. of Carlow and the above named Katharine BUNBURY. He departed this life in London on the 28th of May 1846 aged 71.


"By that lady, who died in 1801 by a fall from her horse, he had issue two sons:
1. John McClintock, the future Lord Rathdonnell.
2. William Bunbury McClintock Bunbury, Capt RN, and MP for co Carlow: he married Pauline Caroline Diana Mary, second daughter of Sir James Mathew Stronge, Bart of Tynan Abbey co Armagh and has issue.
3. Catherine, who married the Rev George Gardiner MA of Bath and died in 1834."



'AT a numerous and respectable meeting of the Freeholders of the county of Louth held at Dundalk, Monday January 14 1799, the following Resolutions were unanimously agreed to John M’Clintock jun, Esq, High Sheriff in the chair.

Resolved - That it is the duty, as well as the right, of the freeholders and burgesses of Ireland to express their sentiments on the subject of a Union - That our Representatives were not empowered at their election to surrender the constitutional privileges of their constituents - That the rapid improvement of this kingdom since the date of her legislative independence clearly evinces that an independent Irish Legislature is as necessary as British connexion to the prosperity of Ireland - That a Union would not only deprive us of many of our dearest rights but render the enjoyment of the remainder precarious and uncertain, and would for ever destroy the security that Ireland now possesses for their continuance - That it is impolitic and unwise to agitate at this time a question that may lead to a recurrence to first principles - That firmly attached as we are to British connexion, we do totally disapprove of the plan of a Legislative Union between Great Britain and Ireland - That these our sentiments be communicated to our Representatives, in whose attachment to the constitution and true interests of Ireland we have the most firm reliance.

When John's cousin Speaker John Foster received this communication, he was much heartened and replied:

‘Gentlemen, I thank you for your sentiments and it is a great satisfaction to me to find my opinions strengthened by your explicit declaration that an Irish independent Legislature is as necessary as British connexion to the prosperity of Ireland. The House of Commons have said so, in strong language, when they stated to his Majesty in 1781 that the very essence of our liberties exists in the right of a sole Legislature, the Parliament of Ireland, a right which they then claimed on the part of all the people as their birthright, and which they declared to his Majesty they could not yield but with their lives. I joined in that statement and we were afterwards told from the Throne that both countries had pledged their good faith to each other; that their best security would be an inviolable adherence to that compact and we were desired to convince the people that the two kingdoms were then one indissolubly connected in unity of constitution and unity of interest. Nothing then remains to strengthen our Union; we have adhered to that compact; so has Great Britain and we have risen to prosperity with a rapidness beyond example since it was made.
I see no circumstance, either of imperial concern or local necessity, which can justify our attempting a change, much less such a change as would annihilate that birthright by the confirmation of which our trade, and manufactures, felt a security that immediately roused a happy spirit of exertion, the surrender of which would not only make the employment of those exertions precarious, but would equally take away all security of permanence, from every advantage, which any persons might be ignorantly deluded into a hope of from the projected measure of a Legislative Union. In truth, I see much danger and a probable decrease to our trade and manufactures from the measure, and I cannot conceive any one advantage to them from it. If the linen manufacture rests at all on any compact, that compact was made with the Irish Parliament, the extinction of which takes away a security we have found adequate, and leaves it without the protection of its natural guardians who, by their vigilance, their regulations and their bounties, have more than doubled its exports within a few years past. As an Irishman then I should oppose the measure, and as a member of the empire, I should not be less averse to it, for the innovation which it would make in the constitution of Great Britain, with whom we must stand or fall, may so endanger that constitution as in the end to overturn it, and with it the whole of the empire. Nor can I look on the circumstances of the times, without deprecating its being proposed, when the French proceedings teach us the danger of innovating on established constitutions, and when it must be peculiarly alarming to Ireland, scarcely rested from a cruel and unprovoked rebellion, to have the public mind again agitated by an unnecessary, unprovoked and unsolicited project. These are my sentiments. The entire confidence you repose in my attachment to the constitution, and the true interest of Ireland, call upon me to state them fully to you; you shall not find that confidence misplaced. I shall oppose the measure and I remain with the most perfect esteem and affection, Your very obliged and faithful humble servant, John Foster – Jan 15’.

(The details of the Louth meeting and the Speaker's reply appear in Union pamphlets, Volume 4, p. 189-190. NB: Wales is only a principality which is why it wasn’t part of the Union.).

As a Serjeant in Grattan’s Parlieament, remarks the Carlow Sentinel, Mr McClintock was: 'The contemporary of the most distinguished men at the time when the brilliancy of Irish genius was the theme of admiration throughout Europe. He was a patriot in the true sense of the term, being consistently opposed to the Union - when peerages honours and decorations were lavished on those who supported the measure.'

John McClintock served the office of High Sheriff of the county Louth in the eventful year 1798 and was present in that year at the battles of Arklow and Vinegar hill. His father died in February 1799.

According to Sir Jonah Barrington, John was the last person to leave the House of Commons, accompanied by Speaker Foster, on the night the abolition measure was passed in March 1800. ‘Both seemed impressed with the solemnity of the occasion when at the door they turned around and took a last view of that house which had been, as Grattan observed, the glory, the guardian and the protection of the country’. Sir Jonah was himself opposed to the Union and it seems likely that he was the gentleman named as Mr Barrington who was riding with John and Jane McClintock when the latter was fatally thrown from her horse in the spring of 1801.

Speaker Foster famously refused to surrender the Mace and, as John McGrath at Parliament House told me in April 2017: 'Foster hooked his chair under one arm, the Mace under the other, made the announcement about "these items being entrusted to him for the government of a free Parliament of Ireland and until such time as he was asked for them he would hold them in trust" (or some such phrase). He then harrumphed off to his home (Molesworth St I believe) and forgot about the Mace. When Antrim Castle burned the family sold the Mace at auction and we [Bank of Ireland] bought it for £3,100.'

After the Act of Union, the names of the McClintock brothers were put upon the pension list. £2545 was assigned to them in compensation for the loss of the office. According to his obituary in The Nation (Saturday, July 14, 1855, p. 12), John was in receipt of a pension of £2,000 a year for upwards of half a century. ‘The deceased had attained the patriarchal age of 85’, noted The Nation, heading their obituary ‘A RELIC OF THE IRISH PARLIAMENT’ and quoting the Carlow Sentinel’s passage about how he was ‘a patriot in the true sense of the term, being consistently opposed to the Union.’

[Most people who supported the Act of Union did so in the belief that it would be very quickly followed by Catholic Emancipation. I assume that is one reason why McClintock and Foster opposed it!? In any event, it took nearly 30 years, a whole generation, before the dream of emancipation was realised.

[The 1801 Act of Union may have caused havoc by abolishing the Irish Parliament but it was good for Irish Presbyterians. It relaxed the Penal Laws against Presbyterians who became instrumental in industrializing Belfast and building water-powered mills across the north. Many Presbyterians, boosted by the Union, henceforth became ardent Unionists, viewing themselves as an enlightened generation. Thus, while many Presbyterians were prepared to go along with O’Connell’s campaign for emancipation, they drew the line at Repeal which would have undone much of the benefits they accrued in 1801. ]


On Tuesday 28th April 1801 she was thrown from her horse while hunting near the Lefroy residence at Ashley in Bath and died. Her death notice appeared in the Bath Chronicle on 30th April 1801. ‘Yesterday morning at five o’clock died, at the village of Box, near this city, in consequence of a fall from her horse, Mrs M’Clintock, wife of John M’Clintock, esq; of Drumcar, county of Louth, Ireland --- thus snatched in a moment, at the age of twenty-three, in the full bloom of youth and beauty, from the society of her husband, children, parents, family and friends; attached to her by those virtues which will ever endear her memory to them, but which cannot fail to ensure to herself a happier life in a happier state'. [1]

The Edinburgh magazine: or literary miscellany, Volume 17, p. 330 (J. Sibbald, 1801) gave these further details: ‘Tuesday morning the following melancholy accident took place on the London road near Bath: - as the Lady of P M’Clintock Esq was riding with her husband and Mr Barrington, her horse set off at speed up Box Hill; her companions not increasing their pace, for fear of accelerating that of Mrs M were, on coming to the turn of the road at Afhlay [Ashley] made miserable spectators of that Lady extended speechless on the road, and the horse grazing by her side. The best medical assistance was immediately procured from Bath, but we are concerned to say that their endeavours were not likely to prove successful. Her skull was fractured and her shoulder dislocated.’

Jane was just 23 years old. Her death mirrored that of her father's so closely that one can't help but think of 'Gone With the Wind'. It is also notable that one of her uncles, Master Kane, was killed when his robes were caught in the spokes of a passing carriage. It's certainly enough to have given me a lifelong fear of horse-riding, although I do enjoy the occasional flutter. Jane's body was laid to rest in the churchyard in Bath.

The Mr. Barrington who was with her may well have been Sir Jonah Barrington, the writer, who was an anti-Union colleague of John McClintock and Speaker Foster at this time.

There is a coat of arms in Drumcar Church representing the marriage of Jane Bunbury and John McClintock. The coat of arms is that of McClintock impaling Bunbury. However the Bunbury one is quartered with the Bunbury arms in the 1st and 4th quarters (three chess rooks etc) the other quarters have what looks like three dogs or stoats or weasels. It probably represents some heiress who married into the Bunbury family. Seamus Bellew tried such names as Stanney and Aldersey from the pedigree but none seems to fit.




[1] In a similar report her death was noted in The Monthly magazine as follows: 'In consequence of being thrown from horse Mrs McClinton [sic], wife of J McClinton esq of Drumcar in the county of Louth, thus snatched in a moment at the age 23 in the full bloom of health, youth and beauty, from the society of her husband, children, parents, family and friends attached to her by those virtues and accomplishments which will ever endear her memory so them.' p. 474. The Monthly magazine, Volume 11, by Sir Richard Phillips (Sherwood, Gilbert and Piper, 1801). Ashley falls within the boundaries of the present day Avon Vale Hunt although its secretary, John Adderley, pointed out that the Avon Vale Hunt came into existence long after 1800. Jane was most probably hunting with the Spye Park Foxhounds near Bromham village, Wiltshire, which pack belonged to the Spicer family.

Peter Hughes, editor of the Avon Vale newsletter, the Newshound, tells me that Box Hill 'is a beautiful entry into Bath from the east.' Of you look at this link, you can see where Box is; Ashley is at the bottom of the hill in the west, and Box Hill is shown as going up the A4 towards London. As a matter of interest, this is the location of Box Tunnel, probably the crowning glory of Brunel's Great Western Railway. The tunnel mouth emerges part way up the hill. However,Peter reckoned that in 1801 the main A4 road shown on the map did not exist. It is possible that Jane would have been riding on the old coach road, which took a more southerly route up through Kingsdown towards Chapel Plaister (shown as Wadswick).

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Above: Lady Elizabeth McClintock (nee Le Poer Trench)
who became the matriarch of the family. She
passed away aged 97 in May 1877.

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Above: Rev. Robert McClintock, Rector of Castle Bellingham and half-brother
to Captain William McClintock Bunbury, RN, of Lisnavagh.


The passing of Jane Bunbury was followed by the failed insurrection of Robert Emmett in 1803 and the news from France in 1804 when Napoleon declared himself Emperor.

On 15th April 1805, John was married secondly in St. George's chapel, Dublin. [1] His new bride was Lady Elizabeth Le Poer Trench, third daughter of William Poer, 1st Earl of Clancarty, a wealthy Galway landowner and Whig politician who had been raised to the peerage in February 1803. I don't know how well John McClintock knew Clancarty but he didn't get to share too many glasses of port with his father-in-law for the 64 year old Earl died on 27th April, twelve days after the wedding. The Clancartys were a curious family and I have dealt with them briefly elsewhere. Their forbears, Huguenots from France, fought alongside William of Orange during the Jacobite Wars of 1689-1691 and at the conclusive battle of Aughrim near their home in Ballinasloe, County Galway. For more, see History of the Clancartys. The 1805 wedding ceremony was conducted by Elizabeth's brother, the Hon. Power Le Poer Trench, Bishop of Waterford & Lismore, who would go on to lead the evangelical revival which became known in Connaught as the Second Reformation.

[1] 'By special licence, in St. George's chapel, Dublin, by the Bishop of Waterford, John M'Clintock, esq. of Drumcar, co. Louth, to Lady Elizabeth Trench, daughter of the Earl of Clancarty.' p. 383, April 15 1805, The Gentleman's magazine, Volume 75, Part 1 (Google eBook)



By his marriage to Lady Elizabeth, John McClintock had further issue five sons and three daughters, who were thus the half-siblings of Captain William McClintock-Bunbury, the man who built Lisnavagh:


1. Frederick William Pitt McClintock, a barrister at law, who died unmarried in 1834. He entered Trinity College Dublin from Eton in 1822 aged 16 years. He passed his B.A. at Easter 1826, had it conferred in 1829 and he became M.A. in 1832. He was admitted to the Bar at King’s Inn, London, in 1829. There is a suggestion that he was also a mathematical whizz known as Phi Mu, as per this link in the Proceedings of the Royal Academy (Royal Irish Academy, 1964 (Vol. 64), p. 22) from which I extract: '"Being a friend of Miller of Portaferry would account for one of his [ie: FWP McClintock's] contributions to the Mechanics' Magazine being addressed from Portaferry, but his passion or fondness for anonymity would preclude his giving his true home address, which was also near Strangford Lough and not far from Portaferry. We infer he lived in Dublin at the time he wrote several of his papers, since some of them involved him in controversy with Robert Mallet of Dublin [aka the geophysicist, civil engineer & father of seismology), and the editor remarked that Phi Mu and Mallet then lived near each other while unknown to each other ….” Elsewhere, the same source remarks: 'Neither was an outstanding student, academically speaking, but McClintock had the edge over O'Beirne in scientific subjects. The combination of clues all point to Phi Mu being McClintock.' The Royal Academy editor adds: "Mr. H. F. McClintock, son of the explorer, tells me there is no truth in the contemporary newspaper story that nearly all Frederick William's family died tragically in the year 1834.” True, they did not ’nearly all” die but enough of them did to make 1834 a full-blown annus horribilis. He drowned in Strangford Lough but need to check that.


2. Charles Alexander McClintock, a Captain in the 74th Foot, who died on 9 December 1833. As the Belfast Newsletter reported on Friday 13th December 1833: "On the 9th inst. at Drumcar, county Louth, after a short illness of five days, of malignant scarlitina, Captain Charles McClintock, of the 74th Regiment, son of John McClintock, Esq. and Lady Elizabeth McClintock. Captain McClintock only arrived at Drumcar, on Wednesday last, on leave of absence from his Regiment, and was taken ill on the following day. He was in his 27th year."


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Above: Napper Tandy, the 1798 Rebel. There is an interesting link between the Rev. Robert
Le Poer McClintock and the 1798 rebel Napper Tandy. According to Liz Crossley in
'James Napper Tandy - United Irishman':

'There is a tradition that Tandy's remains were exhumed and brought to Ireland. The Revd
J.B. Leslie records that "Mr R. Baile, Seabank, informs me that during the lifetime of the
late Rev R. le Poer M'Clintock, Rector of the Parish [Castlebellingham], he remembers an
old man in the village telling the Rector in his presence, beside this grave, that he
remembered the burial of 'James Napper Tandy of '98; that his remains were brought
over sea from France to Dunany or Annagassan, that they were buried at dead of night
in this grave, and that some dispute arose over an inscription on the stone.' Others
have also heard the same tradition."

3 Rev Robert le Poer McClintock, MA. (1836), B.A. (1832), Rector of Castle Bellingham, Co Louth, was born on 10 August 1810. Ordained in 1834, he was installed as Rector of Kilsaran on 26th May 1835 by John M'Clintock. [Inducted May 31. Certificate of "Went and Consent " Signed by Thomas Trouton and Wm. Branagan, jun. (D.B.)] A letter from the Rev. Robert Le Poer McClintock to Captain McClintock Bunbury, dated 1847, is about 'Henry's threshing machine' which is to be seen in operation somewhere near Drumcar. On 29 July 1856, he married Maria Susan Heyland, only daughter of Charles Alexander Heyland (late Indian Judge) and Maria Montgomery. He lived at Spencer Hill by Castle Bellingham. In 1874 he officiated at the marriage of Thomas Kane McClintock Bunbury (later 2nd Baron Rathdonnell) to Catherine Anne, eldest daughter of Henry Bruen Esq, MP, Oak Park. He died in London on 30 June 1879 aged 68, without issue, and was buried in the family mausoleum at Drumcar, where he is commemorated by a memorial window in the Parish Church, as also by one in the Parish Church, Castlebellingham.
His widow Susan was married, secondly, on 1 February 1883 to Francis Burton Owen Cole, eldest son of Denbigh-based Owen Blayney Cole (1808-1886), Esq., D.L., and Lady Fanny Cole, a daughter of the Earl of Rathdown who grew up at Charleville, County Wicklow. Educated at Oxford, Owen Blayney Cole was a well-known poet in his day but suffered from mental illness. He was the son of the London brewer and 1798 veteran Henry Cole (1770-1815). As well as Francis, he and Lady Fanny had two daughters. In 1836 Owen’s older sister Eliza Ibbetson Cole married John Metge of Athlumney, near Navan, County Meath, while his younger sister Henrietta Isabella Cole was married on 1st June 1837 to the Rev. John William Finlay. The Finlay’s son Henry Thomas Finlay (born in 1847) was my great-great-grandfather. Susan died on 14 January 1925.

[Illustrated London News - Saturday 29 September 1877: "On the 13th inst., by special license, at the Castle, Ballyraggett, the residence of Lady Harriet Kavanagh, by the Bishop of Ossory, assisted by the Rev Robert le Poer McClintock, Rector of Castle Bellingham, cousin of the bride, James Peddie Steele, Esq., B.A . M.D., Edin., to Sarah Louisa, youngest daughter of the late Rev. William and Lady Louisa le Poer Trench."]


4 Major (Henry) Stanley McClintock (1812-1898), JP, Royal Horse Artillery, Antrim Artillery, was born on 27 March 1812. He was married in 1839 to his first cousin Gertrude La Touche, only daughter of Robert La Touche, MP (1773–1844) of Harristown and his wife Lady Emily, one of the 1st Earl of Clancarty’s nine daughters. During the 1798 Rebellion, Robert La Touche had commanded a troop of yeomanry under General Dundas. It was Robert who purchased the Sarsfield estates in Lucan and commissioned Francis Johnston to build a new mansion of St. Catharine’s Lodge on the banks of the Liffey. The three-storey mansion was destroyed by fire less than ten years later and never rebuilt. Robert's wife Lady Emily was a sister of Lady Elizabeth de la Poer Trench who married John McClintock, father of the 1st Baron Rathdonnell and of William McClintock Bunbury of Lisnavagh, Co. Carlow. Robert La Touche died in 1844 and Gertrude's brother John La Touche (1814-1904) succeeded to Harristown. However, tragedy struck in 1845 when John was practically crippled in a horse fall and, the following year, his younger brother Robert was killed in a stand at the Curragh. Nonetheless the La Touche family would remain deeply connected to the Kildare Hunt throughout this time through both John and Getrude's other brother William. Gertrude died on 22 March 1864.
In the late 1840s Major McClintock was living at Newberry (formerly Carnalway House), outside Killcullen, co Kildare. From here he bred Berkshire pigs and one such pig, a breeding sow pigged in February 1847, scooped the first prize, valued at four sovereigns, at the Royal Agricultural Society of Ireland’s show in August 1849 for ’the best breeding sow of the large breed.’ He won another first prize (and another 3 sovereigns) at the same event for ‘the best lot of pigs of the same litter, not more than three months old’. (See imge of Lady Bunbury below).
He later became land agent to the Marquess of Downshire's estate at Hillsborough, County Down, which boasted one of the finest shoots in Ireland. He was thus in the thick of it the time of the Land Wars in the early 1880s, as Kathy Trant relates in her book 'The Blessington Estate, 1667- 1908'. I haven't transcribed this properly but, in a nutshell, Mr Wynn, a senior Downshire official, arrived from England in early December 1881 to make an assessment of the situation and to report back to the chief trustee, Viscount Bridport. Major McClintock and William Owen, another agent for the Blessington estate, were summoned to Dublin to discuss the problem. 'They opted to take a hard line and make no concession to the tenants,' writes Kathy. 'Major McClintock thought that a concession would be a tactical mistake, as it would encourage the "tenants elsewhere to seek a similar reduction" ... The Blessington tenants refused to back down.' His cousin Arthur George Florence McClintock of the Rathvinden line was also connected to the Downshire estate.
Major McClintock lived at Kilwarlin House, Hillsborough, where he died on 9 September 1898 at the age of 86. Colonel Bob McClintock recalled him as 'a very fine looking and popular man with an inexhaustible fund of amusing stories. He was a Major in the Antrim Auxiliary and was generally known as the “Old Colonel” though the War Office did not recognise this honorary rank. For many years he was agent to Lord Downshire’s estate, one of the most important agencies in Ireland. It was concurrently said that horse racing was frowned upon in the family, but his house at Hillsborough luckily had a flat roof from which the races could be comfortably followed with field glasses.'
'H. Stanley McClintock of Randalstown' was a co-founder of the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society which first met at Hillsborough on 21st September 1854 under the presidency of the Marquis of Downshire. It was initially called the North-East Agricultural Association of Ireland and embraced counties Down, Antrim, Armagh and Monaghan. His co-founding gentlemen were Very Rev. Dean Stannus, of Lisburn; Rev. Dr. Montgomery, Dunmurry; Messrs. John Waring Maxwell, of Finnebrogue; A.H. Montgomery, Tyrella; William Charley, Seymour Hill; Fitzherbert Filgate. Hillsborough; S. K. Molholland, Eglantine; Jonathan Richardson, Glenmore; and S. D. Crommelin, Carrowdore Castle. (The story is told in both the Belfast Telegraph of 25 May 1910, and the Northern Whig, 15 February 1921)
He was also closely involved with the Antrim Militia Artillery, founded at the start of the Crimean War in 1854, as per this article from the Dublin Daily Express, 12 August 1912:


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

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

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

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

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Above: Major Stanley McClintock, half-brother to Captain McClintock Bunbury, evidently had some fun with the
name of this prize Berkshire sow, Lady Bunbury, a sow, which he imported into Ireland. This image was in one
of the Major's scrapbooks. A breeding pigged at Newberry by the major in February 1847, scooped the first
prize, valued at four sovereigns, at the Royal Agricultural Society of Ireland’s show in August 1849 for ’the best
breeding sow of the large breed.’ He won another first prize (and another 3 sovereigns) at the same event for
‘the best lot of pigs of the same litter, not more than three months old’.
Courtesy of Andrew McClintock.

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

1) Frederick Robert McClintoock, who was married on 1 February 1877 to Lucy Antonia, youngest daughter of Sir Anthony Cleasby, Baron of the Exchequer, and granddaughter of Mr George John of Penzance. The wedding was at St. Margaret's, Westminster. (Royal Cornwall Gazette - Friday 9 February 1877). According to Colonel Bob McClintock, he was 'known as “Freddy the Fiddler” from his considerable musical attainments. He was in the London Civil Service and lived at Tite Street, Chelsea or near Brecon in the home of his attractive and accomplished wife.' There was a travel writer knocking about in the 1880s by name of F. R. McClintock who could be the same man.

2) Lt. Col. Charles Edward McClintock (11 May 1844 - 13 Feb 1921). Also known as Charley, Colonel Bob McClintock recalled that 'Charles [was] a very fine figure of a man who was agent to the Pakenham estate in Co. Antrim and lived at Glendaragh near Crumlin. He was often called “The Young Colonel”, but the title is not hereditary except in Ireland. He was handicapped by deafness and bad sight, else he would probably have had a distinguished career. He married Blanche Dunlop, the daughter of Mr Dunlop/Delap (Editor’ s comments: It was originally Delap, but changed to Dunlop), of Monasterboice House, Co. Louth, the younger sister of the wife of Sir Leopold McClintock, the explorer.' The Northern Whig carried this obituary to him on Tuesday 15 February 1921: "We regret to announce the death, which occurred at Glendarragh, Crumlin, on Sunday of Lieutenant-Colonel C. E. M'Clintock, J.P. Well known throughout Ulster the late Colonel M'Clintock, who was a son of Major H. Stanley M'Clintock, was born at Newberry, County Kildare, on May 11th, 1844. He served with the late 6th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, and retired with tho rank of lieutenant-colonel. On leaving the service he went to reside at Glendarragh. He was a justice of the peace for the county, and agent for the Pakenham and Henry estates. A persona grata amongst the farmers of Antrim he took a keen practical interest in their welfare and the development of agriculture on scientific lines. Though a Unionist, whose adherence to the Ulster movement was irrevocable, he never took an active part in politics. He was a member of the Church of Ireland, and remarkable for his benevolence and kindly attributes of character. He was a popular figure at the Ulster Club, Belfast, and was also a member

of the Junior Carlton, London.'

Charles and Blanche left two sons. The elder son was Lieutenant-Colonel Stanley R. M'Clintock, D.S.O. (1882-1958) who served in the Gordon Highlanders and in WWI commanded in turn two Battalions of the Black Watch. He was an excellent Battalion Commander and was a very imposing figure in this Highland uniform. An insight into his war record can be found via the following newspaper records which show that he was wounded twice, once severely; recuperated at home in Ireland; and that his courage caught the eye of Field Marshal Haig.

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

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

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

He survived the war and was later posted to Ballykinlar in County Down where the 36th Ulster Division, formed from the Ulster Volunteers, had done so much training during the war, and where over 2,000 men from the thirty-two counties of Ireland were interned during the Irish War of Independence, a per the following:

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

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

Stanley married Nellie Brodigan of Pilton House, Drogheda, to which house he moved on his retirement from the army. As Colonel Bob McClintock observes: 'A side-light on his character is given in the following incident: when on the way to a smart tennis party, his wife noticed his hat and exclaimed “Tanny, you can’t possibly go to a party in that hat” to which he answered “A man must have a hat he can kneel on when he’s gardening”.' Stanley died in 1958.

Charles and Blanche’s second son William Frederick Charles McClintock was born on 21 November 1883 but died in 1908.

Charles and Blanche’s third son was the Rev. Edward Louis Longfield McClintock. He was was brought up at Glendaragh and married Margaret, known as Maggie, the daughter of JH Buxton of Easney, Ware, Herts. Colonel Bob McClintock recalled him as 'a fine looking and popular man and after a long life of service [who] now lives in retirement at Bishops Stortford.' Their only son was the Harrow and Cambridge educated botanist David Charles McClintock (1913-2001) who made a name for himself for his horticultural knowledge and written 'a most excellent book', with Richard Fitter, the Pocket Guide of British Wild Flowers; his voice was often to be heard on the BBC. During the latter stages of the Great War, David went to visit his grandparents at Glendaragh. He later recalled how during the crossing to Belfast, all passengers had to stay on deck for the entire voyage, wearing life-jackets, for fear of German U-boats. A report from his prep school offered the opinion that "McClintock's cricket would be a good deal better if he did not waste his time studying the plants in the region of the wicket". He was also president of the Botanical Society of the British Isles (BSBI), the Heather Society, the Bamboo Society, the Wild Flower Society and the Kent Field Club. It is said of him that he knew all the Latin names of the weeds in his garden! In 1949, he married Elizabeth (Ann), daughter of Major Dawson, with died in 1993. They had Alison (b. 1941), Andrew (b. 1944, married to Madeleine), Hugh J (b. 1946, married to Diana and lives in Nottingham) and Joanna (b. 1949). David died aged 88 in 2001, on the same day as his first cousin, Nicholas McClintock, father of Sylvia. He was a lovely man. See his obituary in the Telegraph here.

David's sister Kathleen once became ill at Drumcar and needed some hot water in the middle of the night: the coal stove was out, and there was no means of boiling water, so her mother Margaret bought the twins a spirit stove. Kathleen went on to become Mrs Kinahan - her brother-in-law Robin was Ld Mayor of Belfast in about 1960 - and her son the Rev. Timothy Kinahan is now Vicar of Helen's Bay on Belfast Lough. Timothy is also the custodian of Major HS McClintock's scrapbook, from which David's son Andrew McClintock kindly sent me the image below of the sow 'Lady Bunbury'. Kathleen was one of five of the Rev Edward and Margaret McClintock's daughters, the others being Rachel, Monica, Rhoda and Margaret. Either David or his sister Kathleen Kinahan recounted a tale to Andrew McClintock of how one of the family was taken ill one night (appendicitis, perhaps), and there was no means of getting hot water without lighting the coal fire and waiting. Therefore Maggie McClintock (nee Buxton) made a gift of a little spirit stove.

3) Very Rev. Francis George Le Poer McClintock, M.R.S.A.I. (1853-1924), Rector of Drumcar and Dean of Armagh. The third son of Major Stanley McClintock and his wife Gertrude (La Touche), Frank McClintock was educated at Eton and entered Trinity College Cambridge in 1875, graduating with an MA in 1879, a decade after the disestablishment of the church. He was also a BD of Dublin University (ie: Trinity), 1903. He was ordained Deacon 1878, at which time he became a curate in Kilsaran,and Priest in 1879. On 25th September 1879, he was elected Rector of Kilsaran (which, I think, includes Castle Bellingham) by the Board of Nomination. He remained at Kilsaran until 1886 when he was "promoted" to the rectorship of Drumcar. He was apparently a muscial man. In 1894 he was appointed Prebendary of Ballymore, and in 1896 Precentor of St Patrick's Catedral, Armagh. He was sometime Private Chaplain to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, as well as to the Archbishop of Armagh. He was Precentor of St Patrick's Catedral, Armagh, by 1905, as well as Rector of Drumcar, and fetched up as Dean of Armagh. He died at Dunleer, Co. Louth, on 3 Feb 1924. A short obituary to him appeared in the Gloucestershire Echo on Wednesday 6 February 1924. Colonel Bob McClintock recalled: "Frank [was] a most excellent man in every respect who combined the duties of Rector of Drumcar and Dean of Armagh. He bought Drumcar House from the 2nd Lord Rathdonnell and established his twin sisters there while he himself, being a bachelor, lived at the Rectory." Bishop D’Arcytook office as Archbishop of Armagh in 1920, he described Dean McClintock, as ‘a man of wide cultivation and a musician of high attainments [who] was a member of a family long seated in County Louth of whom Lord Rathdonnell is the head. No more warming personality than the dean could be imagined. He was a pianist of extraordinary gifts. He seemed to lose himself in the sheer joy of the performance. Perhaps too sensitive for the rough and tumble of ordinary life, he kept aloof from many of the things which interest the multitudes. Yet he was always most kindly and sympathetic’. [Charles Frederick D'Arcy, ‘The adventures of a bishop: a phase of Irish life: a personal and historical narrative’ (Hodder & Stoughton, 1934), p. 297.]

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

4) Emily who died unmarried in the autumn of 1930.
5) Gertrude, known to some as Gert,
who died unmarried in 1942. At the time of David McClintock's visit to his aunts at Drumcar in the 1920s, they were reputedly the oldest twins in Ireland! Colonel Bob McClintock recalled them thus: 'These two sisters, Emily and Gertrude, as I remember them, were elderly ladies of different but pronounced characters with no pretensions to good looks, and I can recount one story of their regime at Drumcar. On the walls of the dining room there still hung two full-length and life-size portraits of the first Lord Rathdonnell and his wife: they were probably the work of a fashionable portrait painter for I cannot believe that any couple could really have been so handsome as they were depicted. My brother was staying at Drumcar when the butler gazing at these portraits remarked “I do believe the family gets more beautiful each generation”. My brother realized that he was animated by the blind loyalty of the old Irish family servant.'


5. Lt. Col. George Augustus Jocelyn McClintock, an officer in the 37th Regiment, who settled at Rathvinden, Co. Carlow. (See here for more).

1. Anne Florence McClintock married in 1827 to the Very Rev Hugh Usher Tighe, DD, Dean of the Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle, and Rector of Clonmore, Co. Louth. She died on 21 February 1893 at age 84.

2 Harriet Elizabeth McClintock married in 1821 to Richard Longfield, esq, of Longueville, Co Cork, MP for that county in 1835.

3. Emily Selina Frances McClintock married in 1841 to John Butler Clarke Southwell Wandesford, esq, of Castlecomer, nephew to Walter 17th Marquess of Ormonde.



'We are happy in having the pleasing task of making public the laudable practice, followed by John McClintock, Esq, of crowning the labours of the year at this season, with a convivial meeting for the amusement of the peasantry. On Wednesday, the 5th inst., nearly one hundred persons were assembled at two o'clock on the lawn opposite Drumcar House, and exhibited in grotesque figures, decked in the usual way on such occasions; after sporting some time in this manner, they were summoned to an excellent and plentiful dinner, with ale, punch, &c. after which the joyful sound of fiddles and pipes inspired the happy group to quit the pleasures of the table, and join in a round of merry dancing they continued some hours, and all appeared much delighted by the kindness of Mr. and Lady Elizabeth M'Clintock who, with many of the surrounding neighbourhood, beheld, with infinite satisfaction, the happy throng.'
[Freemans Journal, Tuesday, October 11, 1814, p. 3]


In 1815 John McClintock wrote twice to Peel, the Irish secretary, to recommend a man for a vacancy as a boatman ‘at the little port of Annagassan near my house’. On 27 Jan. 1817 he warned William Gregory, the Irish under-secretary, of the ‘alarming state of the country’:

If we do not partake of the benefit likely to result from an Insurrection Act, you may expect to hear of dreadful results ... As government refused us the advantage of this law, the general observation among the people is that it will never be resorted to. We must have it, as every hour the lawless and diabolical spirit becomes worse. (1)

(1) Philip Salmon, John McClintock (1769-1855), of Drumcar, co. Louth, in 'The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1820-1832', ed. D.R. Fisher (Cambridge University Press, 2009).


The Registered Papers of the Chief Secretary's Office include a letter (CSO/RP/1818/632) dated between 13 Aug 1817-12 Sep 1818 from John McClintock, Drumcar, County Louth, to William Gregory, Under Secretary of Ireland, Dublin Castle, with a report on Frances Vickers, 105 Dorset Street, Dublin, whom he claims ‘has so many near relatives well able and I believe willing to assist her’. The letter accompanied a letter from Frances to the Chief Secretary’s office at Dublin Castle, requesting her inclusion on a concordatum list for pension.


One night in October 1816, eight people were burned to death in a vengeance killing that took place in a house in a remote part of County Louth, known locally as Wildgoose Lodge, the property of William Filgate of Lisrenny. Among the dead were the Catholic flaxgrower Edward Lynch and a five-month old baby. Eighteen local men were subsequently rounded up and executed for the crime, as explained in Terence Dooley’s book: ‘The Murders at Wildgoose Lodge.’ As a local gentleman and member of the yeomanry, Henry McClintock attended the trials & recorded in his journal:

Wednesday 23rd July 1817 - Very fine day – I attended a yeomanry parade at eight O Clock in the morning and at ten we escorted a prisoner Patrick Devan to Wildgoose Lodge Reaghstown in this County where he was hanged inside the walls of Wild Goose lodge from a board that was placed on the two chimneys of the house-his crime was being the commander of a party of near a hundred men who on the night of October 31 had set fire to Wildgoose Lodge and burned eight people in it –men women and children –he fully confessed his guilt on the gallows-after he was hanged his body was put into iron chains and conveyed to Corcria and hung there on a gibbet –Corcria was his native place and a party of soldiers are stationed there which will prevent the gibbet being taken down. This Devan was a schoolmaster and clerk to the popish chapel at Stonetown very near Corcria –this chapel was the place where he and his associates met at night to plan their diabolical act-almost every gentleman in the county attended the execution."

October 11th 1818 "Morning Fine , day wet ……..then Bessy and I rode to Hackballscross and saw three gibbets there of men executed for the burning of the Wildgoose Lodge. We got wet to the skin and rode there and home in under an hour and a half-Surgeon Noble and his son Wm Dined with us."

A grand day out, I’m sure! Mr Filgate, owner of the lodge, lived to the ripe old age of 101.


The Registered Papers of the Chief Secretary's Office include a page account (CSO/RP/1818/810), dated 22 Jun 1818, written by Donough O'Brien, Office of Public Accounts, Dublin, detailing a reduction in fees and emoluments paid to John McClintock and William Foster McClintock, Chief Sergeants at Arms in Ireland, over the period from Easter 1817 to May 1818. His report incorporated a declaration by Commissioners of Public Accounts that the Chief Sergeants at Arms are entitled to a sum of £1,557.8.1, signed and sealed by three officers.

A second letter from the same Donough O'Brien (CSO/RP/1819/1118), written in his capacity as secretary to commissioners for auditing public accounts was directed at Charles Grant, Chief Secretary, Dublin Castle and dated 14 September 1819. It enclosed an account of the reduction in the fees and emoluments of the McClintock brothers from the end of Easter term 1818 to 30 June 1819. The account and report were signed by O'Brien; and signed and sealed by Richard Townsend Herbert, Maurice Cane, and John Mahon, commissioners of public accounts, 14 September 1819.

I am none to sure what these reductions mean. Anyone else know? John was clearly cementing his credentials at this time as he filed the pedigree of the McClintock family with the Ulster King of Arms in 1815.


On October 23rd, 1819, Henry McClintock plucked up his quill and penned the following:

"Fine day – Geo Foster rode on a velocipede from the Barrack yard to the Market House in Dundalk in three seconds under eight minutes, winning his wager (that he had made with Colonel Teesdae of the 1st Dn.Gds.) by three seconds only – he started at about half past ten in the morning."

This event is set to inspire one of Dundalk’s most remarkable sporting events with the bicentenary of this speed-test scheduled for October 2019. George Foster's velocipede was probably one of 320 velocipedes made in 1819 by the London coachmaker Denis Johnson. (These included a dropped-frame version for ladies to accommodate their long skirts). The term 'velocipede' was coined by the French inventor Nicéphore Niépce to describe his 1818 creation. His invention was based on the 'Laufmaschine', the earliest known form of bicycle, invented by a German baron in 1817.

Also known as a dandy-horse, the velocipede was all the rage for Regency bucks across England & Ireland in the summer / autumn of 1819. The craze died out when surgeons warned that it damaged health, while many local authorities prohibited the pastime as it caused too many accidents, either by collisions with pedestrians or by simple falls. The bicycle would not be invented until the 1860s.



The death of George III in 1820 triggered a General Election in which Mr McClintock, on the side of Lord Liverpool's victorious Conservatives, was returned to the Parliament of the United Kingdom as Member for for the borough of Athlone. For reasons unknown, he resigned his seat in May of the same year and David Ker filled the vacany. In May 1820, he was appointed to the Escheatorship of Munster (in which he was joined by Sir Ross Mahon of Castlegar, MP for Ennis, in June), which he held until it was abolished in 1838. (The Irish Times, 5 May 1904, p. 5).

'At the 1820 general election John served as a locum at Athlone for its patron Lord Castlemaine, a kinsman by his second marriage. He did not take his seat and by 16 May 1820 had vacated. A Protestant proselytizer, throughout the 1820s he and his brother Henry, collector of revenues at Dundalk, regularly attended the local Bible meetings of Robert Jocelyn, 3rd earl of Roden, with their kinsman John Leslie Foster.' (Samuel).

A member of the Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor of Ireland (1827)

Box 3/3 of the Rathdonnell Papers includes a lease, for 21 years from February 1820, from Lord John George, Bishop of Clogher, to John McClintock of Drumcar of the lands of Galloon, Co. Fermanagh.

In October 1826 John McClintock Junior spoke at at an aggregate meeting of the Roman Catholics of Co. Louth held in Dundalk.


In the 1835 edition of Burke's 'Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland', it was noted that John McClintock, the former MP for Athlone, had been 'returned, after a severe contest of five days' duration, for the county of Louth, which he continued to represent until the dissolution of that parliament.'

Between 29th July and 1st September 1830, a General Election triggered by the death of George IV resulted in a moderate victory for the Duke of Wellington's Tory government. In Louth, Dawson and McClintock were elected for the Tories after the following poll:

1830 Results:
Alexander Dawson esq 296
John M Clintock esq 257
Richard Lalor Shiel esq 213
Richard M Bellew esq 124

However, the Tories did not have a stable majority and, following an inquiry triggered by Henry Parnell, the government collapsed. The ensuing General Election of 28 April - 1 June 1831 was a landslide win for supporters of electoral reform.

'At the 1830 general election McClintock came forward for Louth on the Foster interest, headed since 1828 by the 2nd Baron Oriel, with the support of Roden, who was now vice-president of the Protestant Reformation Society. He described himself as a ‘constant resident in the county’, where his ‘ancestors had been long established’, and a ‘constitutional representative, anxious to improve every description of oppressive taxation’. On learning of his candidature the Wellington ministry’s Irish secretary, Lord Francis Leveson Gower, notified the popular Catholic candidate Richard Sheil that ‘as a representative of the Foster interest’, government would have to give McClintock ‘such support as it has to give’. After a turbulent three-day contest, in which the Catholic vote was split between two ‘belligerent’ candidates, McClintock finished in second place, his brother Henry noting that it was ‘rather a remarkable circumstance that ... John is 61 years old this very day on which he is returned’. Following the widespread circulation of a list of ‘Brunswick Papists’ who had voted against Sheil, McClintock subscribed £30 towards the fund established to ‘protect and assist ... the individuals named’. Speculation that he would be ‘turned out’ on petition came to nothing.' He was, of course, listed by the Wellington ministry as one of their ‘friends’, although this was later queried. He presented a petition for the abolition of slavery from the Wesleyan Methodist Society of Dundalk, 5 Nov. 1830. In his only known speech, 11 Nov., he rejected the charges contained in a petition presented by Daniel O’Connell against the Dundalk magistracy, who he insisted were ‘extremely active and zealous in discharging their duty in a proper manner’. He voted in the ministerial minority on the civil list, 15 Nov. He was granted a month’s leave on urgent private business, 2 Dec. 1830. He divided against the second reading of the Grey ministry’s reform bill, 22 Mar., and for Gascoyne’s wrecking amendment, 19 Apr. 1831. At the ensuing dissolution he retired from Louth, where the Catholics had reunited, without explanation. Expectations that he would be Roden’s nominee at Dundalk proved to be false.' (Samuel)

John McClintock did his bit to try and uphold the Duke of Wellington's Conservatives in Co. Louth, taking the place of his cousin, John Leslie Foster. Although Earl Grey's Whigs swept to power (with O'Connell's Irish Repeal party in third), John McClintock withstood 'the attack of the great Liberal orator', Richard Lalor Shiel and to be elected.

Sheil, a man deemed to be second only to O'Connell in popular estimation, first began to attack John McClintock when the Master of Drumcar had decided to attend the Catholic chapel in Dundalk circa 1825 and lecture the congregation on the strictures of the Catholic religion.[iv] Shiel delivered an extraordinary, often witty reply, worth reading in the whole. He made McClintock a subject of some ridicule and brought to attention the dour Calvinistic nature of McClintock's evangelical bible-thumping anti-Jesuit paranoia. Sheil rose from his seat immediately after McClintock finished speaking and kicked off with the following, presumably off-the-cuff paragraph.

''The speech of Mr M'Clintock, (and a more singular exhibit of gratuitous eloquence I have never heard), calls for a prompt and immediate expression of gratitude. He has had the goodness to advise us (for he has our interests at heart) to depute certain emissaries from the new Order of Liberators to his Holiness at Rome, for the purpose of procuring a repeal of certain obnoxious canons of the Council of Lateran. If Mr M Clintock had not assured us that he was serious, and was not actuated by an anxiety to throw ridicule upon the religion and proceedings of those whom he has taken under his spiritual tutelage, I should have been disposed to consider him an insidious fanatic, who, under the hypocritical pretence of giving us a salutary admonition, had come here with no other end than to fling vilification upon our creed and to throw contumely upon the persons who take the most active part in the conduct of our cause. But knowing him to be a person of high rank and large fortune, and believing him to possess the feelings, as well as the station, of a gentleman, I am willing to acquit him of any such unworthy purpose and do not believe that his object in addressing us was to offer a deliberate and premeditated insult. He did not, I am sure, for it would be inconsistent with the character which I have ascribed to him, enter this meeting for the purpose of venting his bile into our faces, and voiding upon his auditory the foul calumnies against the religion of his countrymen, which furnish the ordinary materials of rhetoric in the Bible Societies of which he is so renowned a member'.

'I have occasionally attended meetings of the Bible Society', continues Sheil, 'and observed that whoever ventured to remonstrate against the use of the Apocalypse as a Spelling Book incurred the indignation of the assembly'. . ‘Mr M'Clintock seems to belong to the Calvinistic department of Christianity', declared Sheil. 'I believe the church to be infallible', says Shiel, 'and he [McClintock] believes himself to be so'. McClintock, he says, is an uncle of Lord Roden, a kinsman of Lord Oriel and ... he is besides nearly allied to the Archbishop of Tuam of Biblical renown and has obtained no little notoriety by his epistolary controversies with Doctor Curtis'. Sheil claims he is nonetheless a lesser evil than Mr Leslie Foster. While M'Clintock sat reddening in his seat with 'some appearance of displeasure', Sheil remarked: 'I perceive that Mr M Clintock does not take the remarks which I have presumed to make in very good part. In the Evangelical Societies where he makes so conspicuous a figure, he has it all his own way. He is not much accustomed to the collisions of intellect which are incident to popular debate'.[v]

On 14 August 1831, after ‘a very warm contest’ which lasted four days, 61-year-old John McClintock was returned for Co Louth, with his old college friend Alexander Dawson Esq.[xi] Together they defeated Sir Patrick Bellew and Richard Sheil.

1831 Results:
Dawson (295),
McClintock (256)
Sheil (213)
Bellew (131).

It was noted that while Mr. McClintock, like the Duke of Wellington (?), voted against Lord John Russell’s bill for reform, he was 'a man of clear vigorous understanding, and of the kindliest dispositions in private life’.

When Dawson died in office, it looks like Sheil was a shoe-in at the bye-election so he must have stood alongside John for Co Louth although John retied after the next election?

"LOUTH COUNTY. Late members, Alexander Dawson, and JL Foster: present, A Dawson, of Riverstown, county of Louth, and 22, Downing Street, London.- 2nd. And John M'Clintock, of Drumcar, county of Louth.- 1st. This county was contested. It is 22 miles by 14; contains 110,750 acres; 101,011 population; 5 baronies; 61 parishes; 307 £50, and 102 £20 freeholders; there voted, at the late election, 176 £50, 68 £20, 293 £10, and 28 clergymen; in all, 565. Governors, Lord Oriel and Viscount Ferrard. Lord Roden and the Foster family have extensive influence in this county. Louth sent ten members to the Irish Parliament; it now sends but four. Bedfordshire, with a population of only 85,400, returns six.
F. B. Hamilton published 'The Picture of Parliament, Containing a Biographical Dictionary of the Irish Members' (B. Stein: London, 1831)



G3/1 1838: 1850 Two letters to John McClintock, later 1st Lord Rathdonnell, from his father, John McClintock Junior of Drumcar, about the McClintock estate in Co. Fermanagh (Cleenagh, Clontaverin, etc), in-roads made upon it in connection with the Ulster Canal, 1838, the difficulties attendant upon its being held under a lease from the bishops of Clogher/the Ecclesiastical Commissioners for Ireland, etc.

G3/2 1840-1841 Correspondence of John McClintock [either Junior or the future 1st Lord Rathdonnell?] about a row over the running of the Dunleer dispensary, and particularly over the election of Dr Delap as dispensary doctor, vice Dr Ball. The principal correspondent is Charles Coote of Baggot Street, Dublin, and there are also a number of letters from the McClintocks' cousin and neighbour, Thomas Henry Skeffington, 2nd Viscount Ferrard, Oriel Temple, Collon, Co. Louth.

G3/3 1844-1846 Correspondence of John McClintock, the future 1st Lord Rathdonnell, about buying out the chief rent payable out of Drumcar. This is complicated by the fact that the head landlord, Charles Fortescue [of Stephenstown, Dundalk?], has run up debts of an alleged £80,000 on his property, and therefore has difficulty in making a good title.

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Above: The McClintock mausoleum (c. 1868) at Drumcar, Co. Louth, where the first Lord and Lady Rathdonnell are amongst fourteen
McClintock adults and one child buried within. (2013) "This superbly solid architectural monument is built to satisfy the dictates of
a taste formed by Ruskin’s ‘Seven Lamps of Architecture’ and ‘The Stones of Venice’. An octagon of the stone, with broad and squat
stepped diagonal buttresses at each corner and a slated pyramid roof surmounted by a wrought-iron finial cross. An Early Gothic
triforium, with heavy arches, robust colonnettes and stiffleaf capitals, frames a slit window, with pairs of sculpted shields in stone
on either side." (Christine Casey and Alistair Rowan, “The Buildings of Ireland – North Leinster” (Buckley, 1993), p. 249-250).
Mr H. F. McClintock left money in his will in 1959 to keep up the mausoleum but this presumably ran out as it was already badly
damaged by ivy and ash trees by 2007, while the door had also been kicked in. My brother WIlliam offered to make a new door
at this time, keeping the old decorative hinges. My three siblings and I attempted a clean up of this in about 2011, I think,
in a bid to keep the building waterproof and weatherproof for a while longer ...


On August 15th 1840, the parishes of Drumcar and Dunleer, united since 1682, were once again constituted as separate parishes. The first Vicar appointed was Cecil Smyly, who arrived in December 1840 and was granted a licence to preach in the Schoolhouse in April 1841. These details are provided James B Leslie’s church history 'Armagh clergy and parishes’ (Dundalk: William Tempest, 1911).

Meanwhile, John McClintock, the future Lord Rathdonnell, set to work building a new church of coursed rubble with limestone dressings. Christine Casey, Associate Professor of Architectural History at Trinity College Dublin, happens to live in this parish (2017) and explained in her book “The Buildings of Ireland – North Leinster” (Buckley, 1993), p. 249-250, how the church comprising a 'small four-bay lancet hall, buttressed, with a bellcote over the western gable and a south porch' was modeled on John Henry Newman's church at Littlemore near Oxford. 'Plans and elevations of the Littlemore church were published in 1840 by the Society for Promoting Gothic Architecture,' writes Christine. 'McClintock acquired a copy in 1841 and the church at Drumcar was completed in 1845: a neat illustration of the rapid spread of architectural styles in the 19th century. The chancel, with triple-light east window, is an addition of 1868 by Slater & Carpenter ... In the churchyard are the now featureless ruins of the previous church and, north of the chancel, the McClintock Mausoleum [inspired by Ruskin}, also by Slater & Carpenter and of 1868.' The drawings for the chancel and mausoleum are also in the RCBL. Among the many splendours inside is a stained glass window depicting The Ascension by Harry Clarke of J. Clarke & Sons, 1924, in the east window behind the alter; a letter exists where Harry Clarke is apologising for his being late with delivery of the window explaining that he had been ill. The present keeper of the keys to the church is Edgar Treadwell.

Leslie notes: "‘There is a handsome light east window. Two light windows one on each side of the chancel are inscribed: "To the beloved memory of John, First Baron Rathdonnell, born Aug. 26, 1798, Called to Rest in Christ May 17, 1879." A light window near the pulpit on the south side has the inscription: "To the glory of God and in loving memory of the Rev. Robert Le Poer M'Clintock. At Rest June 30, 1879. Erected by his relatives and many friends." There is a very handsome brass memorial tablet in the nave near the Vestry door to Admiral Sir Francis Leopold M'Clintock, K.C.B. The west window has a brass inscribed: "This window was placed in loving memory of Anne Lady Rathdonnell, 1890." She was wife of 1st Lord Rathdonnell and daughter of Rev. J. H. Lefroy. There are also tablets to John M'Clintock, of Drumcar, M.P., b. 1769, d. 1855; Major Henry Stanley M'Clintock, b. 1812, d. 1898 ; George Augustus Jocelyn M'Clintock, &c.”

Leslie also records: "The chalice and 2 patens — plated — are inscribed: " Drumcar Church, 1842" while a collecting plate was inscribed "Drumcar Church, 1843." He quotes the cost of the construction as £1,550, of which the Ecclesiastical Commissioners contributed just £160. "The church was consecrated 15th May 1845, by the Bishop of Meath for the Primate. The ruins of the old church lie to the west of the present one. The interior measurement is 69 feet by 20 feet ; a doorway and 4 windows remain."

Over Christmas 2016, the floor on one side of the church collapsed, as the timbers completely rotted through and they nearly lost the church organ. At the initiative of local parishoners, works were quickly underway to replace the floor and restore the roof. The fabric of the church is still in serious need of funding.

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Above: Drumcar Rectory (courtesy of Kate Okuno)

The historically significant Drumcar Lych Gate near the church was built circa 1895 by the village carpenter John Connor, great-grandfather of Seán Ó Broin. Leslie, writing in 1911, says: "Lord Rathdonnell erected a handsome lych gate at the entrance of the churchyard about 16 years ago." John Conor's daughter stated that Lord Rathdonnell (aka Thomas Kane McClintock Bunbury) became enamoured of the concept while on honeymoon in Switzerland, although I am not certain they actually honeymooned in Switzerland. He apparently brought a picture of it back on a box of matches which he presented to Mr Connor as a blueprint. Mr Connor agreed on the condition that he could use the best oak tree on the Drumcar estate. It was substantially damaged by vandals in 2015 and required a lot of work. The tiny local Church of Ireland congregation have an ongoing struggle with the expense of repairs and maintenance. I gave a fund-raising talk to a full house of 240 people at Bellingham Castle for the Annagassan Historical Society on 5 April 2017. This raised over €2,400 for the fund which, as the Reverend Canon Joyce Moore put it, will help “restore this building to its original purpose – the worship of god”. A link to the talk can be found at the top of this page. In return I was presented with two fine candlesticks by the Reverend Moore. These transpired to be carved by Tommy Mulroy of Annagassan from the remains of Mr Connor's lych-gate and, hence, from what was once the finest oak on Drumcar.

There are photographs of the lych-gate and mausoleum in the introduction to the architectural heritage of county Louth published by the Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government (2008), p. 98. The date of the masuloleum is given as 1868. In relation to the lych-gate, it is stated that Drumcar and the Anglican Church at Littlemore (associated with John Henry Newman before his conversion to Catholicism) were both embellished by construction of lych-gates. Perhaps, the McClintocks were influenced by the Gothic revival in the England which occurred in the nineteenth century, so might have had some bearing on its construction.

1852 petition

In 1852, there was a petition from 114 people describing themselves as ‘the Roman Cathlic Farmers, Tradesmen and Labourers of John McClintock’s estate at Drumcar’ who denounced accusations that he was a bigot and pointed out that he had contributed to the construction of Dillonstown Church, never favoured Protestant tenants over Catholic, employed a large number of both religions and had never evicted any tenants who fell into arrears. According to Christine Casey and Alistair Rowan, “The Buildings of Ireland – North Leinster” (Buckley, 1993), p. 249-250, the present-day St Finian's Church at Dillonstown Cross was built between 1862 and 1875 by John Murray to terminate a long vista from the Drumcar Road.


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Above: A portrait of Lady Rathdonnell,
formerly Anne Lefroy, attributed to
Mayer and dated to August 1829, the
year of her marriage to John McClintock.

Anne Lefroy (b. 19 Jul 1808; d. 22 Dec 1889)
was the eldest daughter of
Rev John Henry George Lefroy,
of Ewsholt House, Hampshire,
by his wife Sophia Cottrell, youngest
daughter of Rev Charles Jeffreys Cottrell,
of Hadley, co. Middlesex.

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According to Amina Wright, Senior Curator
at the Holburne Museum in Bath, there
were a number of artists active at
the time of this portrait with the surname
Mayer, mostly on the continent but also
in Britain. Without a Christian name or
any other information it is hard to give
any further comments

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John McClintock,
1st Baron Rathdonnell.


The Lisnavagh archives contain the copy of a letter, dated 12th September 1852, from Lord Downshire, Blessington, Co. Wicklow, to Lord Derby, recommending John 'Old Turnip' McClintock, father of the future 1st Lord Rathdonnell, for a peerage. The letter reads as follows:

'My dear Lord Derby, I hope you will excuse my writing to you in favour [of] Mr McClintock's claims to a peerage, which I have reason to think have been submitted to you, and which I am happy to say I can bring my testimony in favour of. Mr McClintock has for a long period of time steadily and in the most undeviating manner supported the Protestant and Conservative cause, and has expended large sums of money in Louth, where in 1830 he beat Sheil and Bellew, and sat in that parliament at great inconvenience to himself, to keep the former (a great political card at that time, as we know), out, as well as the latter, afterwards a Lord of the Treasury.

One of his sons, Mr Bunbury, sat for many years for the county of Carlow, and succeeded his uncle, who rescued that county after many a fight from the Whigs.

The possessions of Mr McClintock and Mr Bunbury lie in ten different counties and must soon be united in the person of one of the family, and which will make a noble property and enable him to support the dignity of a peerage.

In addition to the expense he has undergone which, with his unswerving principles and high respectability, constitute I think a fair claim for the honour he seeks, I beg to remind you that Lord Bellew and Lord Clermont were latterly raised to the Upper House without a tithe of his property [incorrect in Lord Clermont's case], and I certainly think that the claims of a Protestant for reward are at least as good as those of a papist of a radical republican (as is Lord Clermont), who have done their best to produce the present awful state of Louth by their backing the priests and Whig measures for many years. They have been paid for ravaging the country. Let a loyal man receive this well-earned mead of praise for upholding, at his own expense, the crown and the principles by which the Queen governs.

Many years ago he was considered so highly by our party in Ireland that the common voice of the country pointed to him as one of those who were to be made a peer. On that occasion neither he nor his friends made application to the Minister. Now, he thinks it due to his advanced age to lay his services before your Lordship, should you find it advisable to make additions to the peerage; and I beg to assure you that you can make no selection that will carry more justice with it.

Our party are deeply offended with two above-mentioned appointments, and I question very much if the radicals are so much pleased with them, for they are both men neither honoured nor respected.

I hope I shall be excused for venturing to interfere in this matter, but the greatest regard and esteem for the individual as well as for his family demand it from me, as well as my great anxiety that you should do a proper as well as a popular act, and I hope therefore you will excuse this letter.'


John 'Old Turnip' McClintock, 'formerly Serjeant at Arms in the Irish House of Commons', died on July 12th 1855, at Drumcar, in his 85th year. The Gentleman's Magazine 1855 published his obituary on page 204, which I may need to look at again.

He was succeeded by his eldest son John (1798-1879), Conservative Member for Louth, 1857-9, who was created Baron Rathdonell [I] in 1868. However, a letter written by Sir John H Lefory suggests that all was not well in the McClintock family at the time of Old Turnip's death. Had he turned against his firstborn son in favour of his family by his second wife? Go to this page for more on this.


M CLINTOCK John esq, junior, major in the Louthshire militia, high sheriff, Co Louth 1840, JP, Dromisken House, Castlebellingham, Co Louth.
M CLINTOCK William Bunbury esq JP, captain RN Manor Highgate, Clones Co Fermanagh Same arms &e
M CLINTOCK Rev Robert LePoer MA, rector of Castlebellingham, archdiocese of Armagh Spencer Hall, Castlebellingham eounty Louth
M CLINTOCK Henry Stanley esq JP Newbury House Kilcullen Co Kildare
M CLINTOCK George Augustus Jocelyn esq lieutenant 52nd Light Infantry Same arms aze
M CLINTOCK The Rev Henry Fitsalan MA vicar of Ballymodan Bandon diocese of Cork Bandon, County Cork
M CLINTOCK The Rev Lowry MA incumbent of Monivea diocese of Tuam Monivea County Galway
M CLINTOCK Alexander Edward esq deputy serjeant at arms for Ireland 1 Fitzgibbon st, Dublin
M CLINTOCK Franeis Leopold esq lieutenant RN
M CLINTOCK Alfred Henry esq MD Dublin
M CLINTOCK William esq West Indies
M CLINTOCK Saumel esq high sheriff County Louth 1843 JP Newtown House, Drogheda, County Louth, Seskinore House Omagh County Tyrone
M CLINTOCK Robert esq JP Dunmore Hall Carrigans County Donegal
M CLINTOCK William Kerr esq Hampstead Hall Londonderry
"The Heraldic Calendar Alist of the Nobility and Gentry Whose Arms are Registered, and Pedigrees Recorded in the Herald's Office in Ireland' By William Skey (1846)

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Above: John McClintock (1797-1879), who lived at Drumcar, was created Baron
Rathdonnell in 1868. The title was one of eight Irish peerages created by Queen
Victoria, the others being the Dukedom of Abercorn and the Baronies of
Athlumney, Dunsardle, Fermoy, Clermont, Bellew, Oranmore and, as of 1898,
Curzon for the Viceroy of India. As the Marquise de Fontenoy wrote: ‘Irish peers,
however, who are not representative peers, enjoy a distinct advantage over non-
representative Scotch peers. For, whereas, the latter are ineligible for a seat in
the House of Commons, and are debarred from taking part in any parliamentary
election as voters, having, in fact, no franchise, although heavily taxed, the Irish
non-representative peers can both vote at elections and occupy seats in the
House of Commons.’


Full details about John McClintock, 1st Lord Rathdonnell, and his wife Anne Lefroy, can be accessed here.


In about 1903, the 2nd Baron Rathdonnell sold Drumcar to his cousin, Frank McClintock (1853-1924), Rector of Drumcar and Dean of Armagh, for £6,000. Mr McDowell of Louth acted as solcitor; his grandson Harry McDowell told me that Tom Rathdonnell was so fed up writing checks to McDowell that, when the sale was complete, he suggested he take the grand piano in lieux of payment, which they did. Harry grew up listening to that piano but it was later sold out of their family.

Tom Rathdonnell also sold Willistown and other parts of the Louth estate to tenants via the Land Commission, 1908-1909, as well as Greenmount, Castle Bellingham, to Walter Selby Butler (1845-1939), who was apparently the sitting tenant. He was the third son of Sir Richard and Lady Matilda Butler of Ballintemple, County Carlow. Trained at Sandhurst, he joined the 8th Battalion of the King’s Royal Rifles Corps, formerly the Carlow Militia, of which his brother Sir Thomas Butler was colonel. In 1885 he married to Alice Lucy Fowler, daughter of Edmund Fowler of Abberley, Edgbaston, in the suburbs of Birmingham. Edmund Fowler may have been the manager of the he Birmingham Wagon Co. (later the Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Co.).

The Rathdonnells then moved permanently to Lisnavagh, their family home in County Carlow. An indication of why this was so can be found in the 'WHAT "THE WORLD" SAYS' section of the Reading Mercury (Saturday 31 August 1901): 'Lord and Lady Rathdonnell are at Lisnavagh, their place in Carlow; Drumcar, their home in Louth, having been let for the last year. Mr. McClintock Bunbury, their only surviving son, has lately started for South Africa with his sister, Mrs. Colvin, who has gone out there to join her husband, Captain Colvin, 9th Lancers. Lord Rathdonnell's eldest son, who was in the Scots Greys, was one of the earliest victims of the war.'


The last members of the family to reside at Drumcar are thought to have been the Dean's sisters Emily McClintock (1846-1930) and Gertude McClintock, daughters of Henry Stanley McClintock and his wife Gertrude La Touche. Their brother Lt.-Col. Charley McClintock (1844-1921) may also lived in the house for a time. My grandfather, the 4th Baron Rathdonnell, was a frequent visitor to the house during his childhood in the 1920s. Lord Rathdonnell also retained at least some influence into the 1930s, as per this article in the Northern Whig of Friday 18 July 1930. 'DIOCESAN NOTES. The Rev. Walter Bothwell, B.D., has been instituted into the pariah of Drumcar, Diocese of Armagh, vacant by the resignation of Rev. Canon Foley, who has retired. The right of appointment to the incumbency is vested in Lord Rathdonnell.' How long did his lordshiop retain that right!!?

In 1931, the year after Emily's death, the Land Commission acquired the bulk of the estate under the Land Acts for local distribution, leaving the house with a demesne of circa 365 acres. In his book ’The House on the Ridge of the Weir’, Harold O’Sullivan states that the McClintock’s sold the Drumcar demesne to the Corrie (or Corry?) family of Kingscourt, County Cavan, in 1940, after which the Corries set up a saw mill and began clearing the timber. A second theory, opined by Hugh McMahon, is that shortly after St John of Gods purchased the estate from the McClintock family, they sold all the timber on the estate to Corries. Hugh lived near the entrance to the Drumcar estate at this time. As a boy, he and his friends often played in the demesne woodlands, amid the Douglas Fir, Beech, Elm, Ash, Walnut and greengage that are assumed to have self-seeded from ones planted in the walled garden. In the spring of 2017, Hugh recalled the clearing of the Drumcar woodland seventy years earlier, both inside and outside the demesne. As he recollects, there was a sawmill at Drumcar but that was only used by the McClintock family. The Corries took all the timber away in log form to be processed elsewhere. All trees were felled with “cross-cut saws” and dragged out to the roadside by a pair of Clydesdale horses, a red one and a white. When the Corries were finished with the two horses several years later, they disposed of them to the Verdons of Drumcar who used them to pull carts. Hugh later observed that the horses, when hitched up to a cart, used to automatically lean forward and “go up on their toes” as they expected to be dragging a heavy weight like a tree trunk.
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Above: Emily McClintock on steps of Drumcar and in carriage; Gertrude McClintock.
(Images courtesy of Bernadette Shevlin)
For bigger versions of these images click here.

The Drumcar timber was then taken away by lorry, either to the Ardee Furniture Factory, as Hugh McMahon recalls, or to manufacture railway sleepers for the Great Northern Railway Company, as is generally stated. In the address he gave at the official launch of the St John of God’s Jubilee Year Celebrations at Drumcar on 1 March 1996, Dr Padraig Faulkner recalled: 'Trees were cut down, planks were made of them and the planks taken on large drays to the Dunleer station and sent to a variety of destinations.' (O'Sullivan, p. 166. Padraig’s unpublished “Dunleer, an historical archive” mentions the McClintock family several times but has no record of the demise of the estate.) As my father observed in May 2017: "Alas that was a familiar scene in England and here in the 1930's and in some cases after WWII. Chancers bought up big places, the more neglected the cheaper, ripped out the fireplaces, stripped the colonnades and statues and felled all the timber; they then attempted to sell it for what they had paid! Browne;s Hill and Oak Park near suffered that fate here and the woods at Coolattin."

One of the last Drumcar trees to be felled was the big old Elm tree at the T-junction beside the Rectory, at the entrance to Myles O’Reilly’s farm). According to Hugh it was about 3mt (10 feet) in diameter. He remembers the day it was cut down clearly, 2nd May 1947, as this was the day of his confirmation and the felling of this beloved giant particularly upset him. Once all the trees were taken out, a tracked bulldozer with a single “plough tine” was brought in to rip out the roots of the trees. (With thanks to Luke Torris, Annagassan Historical Society).

All this coincided with the the passage of the Forestry Act, 1946 which made it unlawful for "any person to uproot any tree over ten years old or to cut down any tree” without first notifying the Gárda Síochána station, effectively placing a vestige of a preservation order on such treed.

It all makes my Drumcar candlesticks seem that much more precious.

Mr Corrie did not live in Drumcar House which was in bad repair by 28 June 1946 when the St John of God’s moved in, under the direction of the Rev. Brother Beningnus Callan, Provincial, and the Rev. Father Prosper Nolan. The McClintock family home duly became the St Mary’s Monastery of the Order of Hospitaller of St John of God of Drumcar while its interior was entirely renovated and re-modelled by Kelly and Jones. Further particulars about the sale may be found in ’The House on the Ridge of the Weir’ by Harold O’Sullivan (Drumcar Park Enterprises).

NB Sometimes referred to as Mac Clintock.

With thanks to William Bunbury, Andrew Bunbury, Olive Brown, Tom Barr, Sylvia McClintock and the McFarlands.




[i] Ireland in the nineteenth century, and seventh of England's dominion’, by A. Atkinson (1833). 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.

[ii] In 1728, Michael Sampson’s daughter Anne married John McCausland, grandson of Alexander McCausland of Omagh Co. Tyrone.

[iii] Writing in 1832, Hamilton, FB, says John was appointed Serjeant in 1791 but both his obituary in the Gentleman’s Magazine, 1855, and his memorial at Drumcar state ‘1794’

[iv] Presumably this is related to 'A Letter addressed to the Roman Catholics of the County of Louth, John McClintock of Drumcar', 16pp, 8vo, Drogheda pr 1826. P583.

[v] "The Speeches of Richard Lalor Sheil' By Richard Lalor Sheil, Thomas MacNevin (1865).


As Sylvia Wright discovered in April 2017, the McClintocks can claim descent from Charlemagne, or Charles the Great, emperor of the Romans, through the marriage of Bumper Jack and Patience Foster. Personally I think my DNA might have come direct from Charlemange's father, Pepin the Short. In any case, the purported line runs thus:

Charles I le Grand Carolingien, roi des Francs 747-814
Louis I le Débonnaire, le Pieux Carolingien, empereur d'Occident 778-840
Lothaire I de Germanie, roi de Lotharingie 795-855
Irmgard de Germanie 827-
Rainier I au Long Col de Hainaut, comte de Hainaut ca 850-915..916
Symphoriane de Hainaut 889-952
Robert I de Namur, comte de Namur 920-981
Albert I de Namur, comte de Namur 959-1011
Albert II de Namur, comte de Namur 997-1063
Albert III de Namur, comte de Namur 1027-1102
Godefroi I de Namur, comte de Namur 1066..1067-1139
Henri l'Aveugle de Namur, comte de Luxembourg 1113-1196
Ermessinde de Namur, comtesse de Luxembourg 1181-1247
Henri V le Blond de Luxembourg, comte de Luxembourg 1217-1281
Philippa de Luxembourg †1311
Guillaume le Bon d'Avesnes, comte de Hollande 1286-1337
Philippa d'Avesnes 1311-1369
Thomas d'Angleterre, earl d'Essex 1355-1397
Anne d'Angleterre 1383-1438
William Bourchier †/1469
Fulk Bourchier, lord FitzWarine 1445-1479
John Bourchier, lord FitzWarine 1470-1539
Elizabeth Bourchier †1548
John Chichester 1516-1568
Susanna Chichester
Faithful Fortescue 1585-1666
Thomas Fortescue †1710
William Fortescue †1734
Elizabeth Fortescue †1762
John William Foster
Patience Foster = John 'Bumper Jack' McClintock