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Above: Drumcar House, County Louth

McCLINTOCK FAMILY HISTORY

 

McCLINTOCK OF DRUMCAR

Alexander McClintock of Drumcar (1692-1775)

Alexander McClintock, the eldest son of John and Janet McClintock of Trintaugh, Co Donegal, was born in 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. In 1734, he was noted as ‘Attorney, Common Pleas’.

In 1724, he purchased the Lands of Tullyrush, Drumconnelly and Seskanore from Henry Mervyn, son of Sir. Audley Mervyn. Colonel Bob McClintock was of the belief that Alexander, ‘the fairy godfather to his nephews and nieces’, then established his nephew Alexander McClintock at Seskinore in Co Tyrone.

However, an alternative theory is that these lands were conveyed to the Perry family and came to the younger Alexander through his marriage in 1781 to Mary Perry, the daughter of Samuel Perry of Perrymount and Mullaghmore [Moyloughmore]. According to the will of Mary’s brother, George Perry, dated 1824, he bequeaths his estate to his wife for life and thereafter to his nephew Samuel McClintock, son of Alexander and Mary. George Perry is named as ‘of Seskanore Lodge’ and there are leases that his wife renewed for land in Seskinore. Samuel McClintock of Seskinore was forefather of Xenia McClintock.

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Above: Alexander McClintock of Drumcar

‘Seskinore Lodge, the seat of Mrs Perry (relict of George) is part and parcel of the Seskinore estate, and comprehends a neat and fashionable lodge, a tastefully planted lawn, and about sixty Irish acres of a farm, well adapted to the growth of flax and corn crops, and to that of garden vegetables and ornamental trees. The demesne however lies low, and the prospect from the lodge is exclusively confined to the little beauties of the home view; in which the rose, the sweet William, and the sweet brier, seem to vie, which shall diffuse the larger proportion of its fragrance through the surrounding scene.’[i]

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

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] Indeed, 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 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)

Alexander and Rebecca McClintock had no children. He purchased the Drumcar property in Co Louth which he left to his nephew John McClintock, grandfather of the first Lord Rathdonnell. And, according to Colonel Bob McClintock, he ‘left money to many of his nephews and nieces’.

On 11th August 1711, Archbishop Narcissus Marsh, the Primate of Ireland, had 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. In 1764 there were 12 Protestants and 363 Roman Catholics in the Drumcar parish but no church and no chapel. 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. [James B Leslie, 'Armagh clergy and parishes : being an account of the clergy of the Church of Ireland in the Diocese of Armagh, from the earilest period, with historical notices of the several parishes, churches, &c].

On Saturday 3rd June 1775, Finns Leinster Journal reported the death of Alexander M’Clintock Esq ‘on Thursday last, as this house in Dominick Street’. He was buried in Dunleer, a couple of miles outside Drumcar. His last will was dated 10 July 1772 and proven on 8 June 1775.

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Deaths (1855): JOHN M CLINTOCK Esq, July 12.
At Drumcar, co Louth, formerly Serjeant at Arms
in the Irish House of Commons.

'BUMPER JACK' McCLINTOCK (d. 1799)

John 'Bumper Jack' McClintock of Drumcar, successively MP for Enniskillen and Belturbet in the Irish House of Commons, was born on [date]. In 1766, he 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.

In May 1775, he succeeded his uncle Alexander McClintock at Drumcar. He duly commissioned the building of the vast mansion at Drumcar House outside Dunleer in 1777, where the McClintock family remained until the 1940s. 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’.

From 1783 to 1790, Jack was MP for Enniskillen 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. 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.

John and Patience 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, 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 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, married 1803 Mary Helden, daughter of Major General Helden, and had four sons and five daughters.

4. Henry McClintock who looked after the 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. They had 4 sons and 7 daughters. Their eldest son George Louis (known as Louis) was born in 1810 and was something of a troublesome child, being "sent down" from Oxford and later being dispatched to somewhere remote like the Bahamas. The second son was the explorer Sir Leopold McClintock, born 1819, the same year that his father took part in an extraordinary speed test on a velocipede from the Barracks in Dundalk to the Market Square. Watch this space for events in October 2019!
One of Henry's daughters was Anna Louisa de Fleury McClintock who, for reasons believed to be economical, emigrated to New Zealand in 1863 with her husband, Francis Hall Tipping of Bellurgan Park, Co Louth. (This detail came from their great-great-granddaughter Janet Martell. See also "The Tippings of Canterbury" by Paul Tipping). I hope to produce a proper history of this branch in due course but, in the meantime, there's masses of detailed information about all these guys in 'The Journal of Henry McClintock', edited by the great Pat O'Neill and published by the County Louth Archaeological and Historical Society.
Another of Henry's daughters Rosa Melesina McClintock, the fourth, was married on 18th April 1848 at St. George's Church, Dublin, to Dr. Benjamin Willis Richardson of Upper Gardener Street. He became chairman of the Court of Examiners at the Royal College of Surgeons. They lived in a house which is now part of the Castle Hotel, off Parnell Square, Dublin, owned in 2014 by Fionn MacCumhaill who has conducted some research on the buildings history.
(Thanks to Ronan Connolly whose grandmother Frances Richardson may be Rosa and Benjamin's great-granddaughter).

5. Marianne, m. 1 Jan. 1787, Mathew Fortescue, of Stephenstown House, Co. Louth, and had issue, 1 son and 3 daughters. She wrote a diary that has been published - see here for more.

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 71st Foot on 12 June 1806. He served in South America 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 m. 1799, Edward Hardman (1768-1854), eldest son of Edward Hardman, M.P. Mr. Hardman senior was a Drogheda 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

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 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 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.

JOHN McCLINTOCK (1770-1855)

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 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 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.

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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.

JOHN SUTTOE, THE McCLINTOCK’S BLACK SERVANT

In May 2014, I met Bryan Rogers of County Louth who asked me if I knew anything of a black servant employed by the McClintocks of Drumcar in the late 18th century. I said I did not and was most astonished to hear this story. 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 at ‘Dunneany’, County Louth, on 14-3-1783. She carried rum, tobacco and slaves. 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.

‘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 the desire of marrying a white woman; this coming to the ear of Miss Margaret O’Brien, of Clintonstown, Co. Louth, in that 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.”
The Freeman’s Journal, 21-23 April 1785.

“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.’

In my subsequent perusals for information, I found the following:

“On Thursday last in a violent storm a ship named the Mary Ann of New York laden with rum, tobacco and slaves, 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 Sihthorpe, 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

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.

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/

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)?

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).

With thanks to Luke Torris, Bryan Rogers, Pauline Scarborough and Audrey Dewjee.

 

THE LOUTH GENTRY’S VIEWS ON CATHOLICISM

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.

THE DEFENDERS ATTACK NEWTOWN, CHRISTMAS DAY 1792

December 25th 1792 - Newtown, the feat of Mr. M'Clintock, in the county of Louth, Was attacked by a numerous body of Defenders, who fired many shots into it. [To the magistrates, the military, and the yeomanry of Ireland [signed Camillus, by Sir Richard Musgrave, 1st Bart, 1899, p.

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

WILLIAM WOOLSEY, RECTOR OF KILSARAN

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. He married, May, 1777, .Mary Anne, third daughter of Alan Bellingham, of Castlebcllingham 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.

THE SERJEANT-AT-ARMS

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]

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'.

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 Kingsborough 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.

[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.

REV. ALEXANDER McCLINTOCK, RECTOR OF KILSARAN & NEWTOWNBARRY

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.

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. The Rev. Alick McClintock is apparently regarded as a poor record keeper. In 1831, he became deeply embroiled in the Tithe Wars when fourteen people were killed during a minor riot in Newtownbarry 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 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. He 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. 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 famous 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 21.

THE MARRIAGE TO JANE BUNBURY

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. 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 tragically killed.

FOOTNOTE
"By that lady, who died in 1801 by a fall from her horse, he had issue two sons:
1. John McClintock esq Major of the Louthsbire militia, an unsuccessful candidate for that county in 1841. On 3 july 1852, McClintock campaign posters say ‘To the Electors of Louth … I am pledged to no party’. He married Anne, eldest daughter of the Rev John Henry George Lefroy, MA, of Ewsholt House, Hants, and cousin german to the Right Hon Baron Lefroy. He became the first Baron Rathdonnell. In 1850, while John Snr was living at Drumcar, John McClintock Jnr is recorded as living at Oriel Temple in Collon. (Thom’s Directory 1850). For more on the Lefroy family, see the Tycie Lewis Family Tree on Ancestry.
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."

OPPOSITION TO THE ACT OF UNION

'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).

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.

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.’

DEATH OF JANE MCCLINTOCK

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.

FOOTNOTES
[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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Lady Elizabeth McClintock (nee Le Poer Trench)
who became the matriarch of the family.

MARRIAGE TO LADY ELIZABETH DE LA POER TRENCH

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:

1. Frederick William Pitt McClintock, a barrister at law, who died unmarried in 1834.

2. Charles Alexander McClintock, a Captain in the 74th Foot, who died the same year.

3 Rev Robert le Poer McClintock, MA, Rector of Castle Bellingham, Co Louth.

4 Henry Stanley McClintock esq of Newberry co Kildare who has married his cousin Gertrude, only daughter of Robert La Touche esq of Harristown MP for that county by Lady Emily le Poer Trench.

5. George Augustus Jocelyn McClintock, an officer in the 37th Regiment.

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.

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

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

HARVEST HOME at DRUMCAR

'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]

LAWLESS TIMES

In 1815 he 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)

FOOTNOTE
(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).

POOR FRANCES VICKERS

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.

REDUCTION IN FEES & EMOLUMENTS FOR THE CHEIF SERGEANTS

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?

1820 GENERAL ELECTION

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.

'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)

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Anne Lefroy who married John
McClintock and later became the 1st
Lady Rathdonnell.

1830 & 1831 GENERAL ELECTION & RICHARD SHIEL

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 [M'Clintock] 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 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 ye-election so he must have stood alongside John for Co Louth although John retied after the next election?

 

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Above: A portrait of Lady Rathdonnell,
formerly Anne Lefroy of Bath, attributed to
Mayer and dated to August 1829. Anne
Lefroy (b. 19 Jul 1808; d. 22 Dec 1889) was
1st dau. of Rev John Henry George Lefroy,
of Ewsholt House, near Bath, co. Hampshire,
by his wife Sophia Cottrell, youngest
daughter of Rev Charles Jeffreys Cottrell,
of Hadley, co. Middlesex.

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 very hard to give
any further comments.

 

LORD DOWNSHIRE'S LETTER TO LORD DERBY (1852)

The Lisnavagh archives contain the copy of a letter, dated 12th September 1852, from Lord Downshire, Blessington, Co. Wicklow, to Lord Derby, recommending John McClintock Junior, 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.'

DEATH OF JOHN McCLINTOCK (1855)

John died on July 12th 1855, at Drumcar, in his 85th year. The Gentleman's Magazine 1855 published his following 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.

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John McClintock,
1st Baron Rathdonnell.

THE CURIOUS WILL OF JOHN McCLINTOCK

An interesting letter was sent to me in December 2009 by Sharon Lefroy, written by her great-great-grandfather, JH Lefory, and suggests that all was not well in the McClintock family at the time of John's death.

W.O July 12/ 55

My dearest Emmie

I was very glad to get your note this morning and to hear such good accounts. You were a good little soul to write me a long letter so soon. I hope you got mine I did not address Spring Cottage. I took tea yesterday at Anne’s. They were in some indignation with the Master’s Will. He leaves John the bare walls and bare acres; but no part of the Furniture – cellar, plate, etc. – not the crops; there are doubts whether he can give away the latter legally. It is an ungracious act. McC has for years given up as much to his family and it does not appear to have been softened by any mark of affection or gratitude to him, but I cannot feel indignant at it myself. The McC’s will have a very large fortune, and the second family a very small one. I am not so much in love with {illegible word} as to wish the see the Father of both families refrain from anything it is legally in his power to do for his widow of half a Century’s union and her children. They have been over 50 years married. John is expected back today or tomorrow. I took Emmie today to the Dowlings after a game at hide and seek with the family at large. Little Frazer was hid in the tall clothes basket and made Jack-in-the-Box to his own and their infinite delight. Harry goes to Cleveland Gardens . I dine on my way home at Dowlings. Magdalen has standing orders not to expect me if I am not home by 8. A small parcel has come from Sir John from Strongitharus (sp?), apparently a seal. Shall I send it? Also a few billet-doux like the one I sent yesterday morning.

Best love to all the party; I am glad the letters were so agreeable and look for mine next week.

Ever your affectionate

JH Lefroy

A telegraph dated to pm yesterday says we had silenced all [Redan?] against the Ministry.


McCLINTOCKS OF 1846 - VIRTUE ET LABORE

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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John McClintock (1797-1879), 1st Lord Rathdonnell, who lived at Drumcar.

1857 GENERAL ELECTION

At the general election in 1857 there were contests in county and town Mr M Clintock defeated in 1852 was prepared to renew the struggle and this time with better assurance of success Mr Montesquieu Bellew also entered the lists supported by the powerful influence of Barmeath while the tenant right candidate Mr Tristram Kennedy relied on the votes of the tenant farmers and Mr Fortescue on his long and faithful services The result must have been exceedingly gratifying to this gentleman as also to his excellent brother Lord Clermont the former representative of the county. The votes were:
Mr Chichester Fortescue 1,376
Mr M Clintock 1,057
Mr Bellew 894
Mr Tristram Kennedy 406
Mr Fortescue and the Conservative candidate Mr M Clintock were therefore declared the sitting members.
('The history of Dundalk, and its environs from the earliest historic period to the present time, with memoirs of its eminent men', John D'Alton, James Roderick O'Flanagan).

Dundalk was visited by his Eminence Cardinal Wiseman during his visit to Ireland in 1858. He was accompanied by Lord Bellew from Barmeath and his entrance into Dundalk on Friday 3rd September 1858 was one of the greatest public demonstrations ever made.

 

1859 GENERAL ELECTION

In 1859 the representation of the county was again contested. The Whig Party determined to return the two members while the Conservatives felt they had an equal claim to send both members representing their views on political matters. Accordingly, in addition to Mr M Clintock of Drumcar, they put forward Frederick J Foster Esq whose family long resident and respected had fair claims to seek the suffrages of the freeholders. The result however was not consonant to their wishes for though Mr M Clintock was supported by a much more numerous constituency than on any former occasion, 1,138 votes being recorded in his favour, he was left in a minority while Mr Foster in sporting phrase was no where. The numbers polled were
Mr Fortescue 1,379
Mr Montesquieu Bellew 1,208
Mr M Clintock 1,138
Mr Foster 23

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Above: Sir John Henry Lefory, KCMG, CB, FRS, brother-in-law of the 1st Lord Rathdonnell, painted
by Ossani in 1879. He was a distinguished magnetic scientist who became President of the Royal
Canadian Institute.

THE DUNDALK EXCHANGE

Along with the Earl of Roden, Lord Clermont, Brown & Co and other principal inhabitants of Dundalk, Mr McClintock was one of the key shareholders in the Dundalk Corn Exchange and Market Company, founded in 1856 'for the purpose of supplying these desirable objects'. The Company accordingly purchased the old gaol premises at an expense of £2,000 and proposed to erect thereon a corn exchange a public exchange and news room with other commodious rooms attached for public purposes as also fish poultry egg vegetable fruit and general markets which on a moderate calculation would pay four per cent on the proposed capital of 5,000. Before the buildings were completed however a new joint stock company called The Dundalk Commercial Buildings and Market Company Limited was formed in the year 1861 and opened in July 1862 : capital £7,000 in 70 shares of £100 each. (The history of Dundalk, and its environs from the earliest historic period to the present time, with memoirs of its eminent men, By John D'Alton, James Roderick O'Flanagan (1864).

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Above: The McClintock mausoleum at Drumcar, Co. Louth, where the 1st Lord and Lady Rathdonnell are amongst fourteen adults and one child buried within.

SALE OF DRUMCAR

In about 1903, the 2nd Baron Rathdonnell sold Drumcar to his cousin, Frank McClintock (1853-1924), Rector of Drumcar and Dean of Armagh. The Rathdonnells moved permanently to Lisnavagh.

Sometimes referred to as Mac Clintock.

FOOTNOTES

[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)

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