Abercorn: The Hamiltons of Barons Court
Abercorn: The Hamiltons of Barons Court is a lavishly illustrated book which tells the absorbing story of one of the most remarkable families in British and Irish history from its rise to prominence in late fifteenth century Scotland through to its role today in Northern Ireland and beyond. The story of The Hamiltons of Barons Court is so much more than simply the study of an individual family, however, for it reflects all of the complexities of the history of these islands and challenges many of the preconceived notions associated with a family of noble birth. In fascinating detail the family's contributions to local and national politics, science, the arts, architecture, education, the armed forces, forestry and estate management are all explored, as are their relationships with each other, their tenants, the Royal Family, and other landed families. After more than ten years of detailed research, the author of this magisterial volume is Dr William Roulston who has also written the Foundation's bestselling, Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors: The essential genealogical guide to early modern Ulster 1600-1800.
Belmore: The Lowry-Corry Families of Castle Coole, 1646-1913
Belmore: The Lowry-Corry Families of Castle Coole, 1646-1913 tells the fascinating story of two families who left Dumfries in the mid 17th century to settle in Fermanagh and Tyrone. The marriage of Galbraith Lowry to Sarah Corry united their considerable fortunes and political clout. Their only surviving son, Armar Lowry Corry, inherited some 70,000 acres and an income of £12,000 and moved up in the heady world of Irish society and politics as Baron Belmore with a marriage arranged to a beautiful young wife and heiress, the eldest daughter of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.
To celebrate he built a great fashionable house, Castle Coole, today one of the jewels in the crown of Ireland's built heritage. One year later his life was in despair; his marriage over, leaving him with a baby girl and a sickly son. The expense of building and politicking made him 'poor as a rat'. Bitter opposition to the Union with England in 1801 resulted in their exclusion from political power for many years.
His son, Somerset the 2nd Earl, an extravagant Regency figure, furnished Castle Coole in the latest style, and with characteristic panache, refitted a capture American schooner and took his whole family for several years around the Mediterranean, up the Nile and into the Holy Land. They were the first noble family to reach the 2nd cataract up the Nile and to dig for antiquities in Egypt.
As Governor of Jamaica he successfully faced the bigotry of settlers and the great slave rebellion of 1832. His death in 1841 left the family facing bankruptcy and contributed to the 3rd Earl's early death. In spite of this threat to his family, Somerset Richard, the 4th Earl, by a combination of hard work, prudence and sales of large parts of his estates, was able, above all, to keep Castle Coole.
The changes of fortune that this widely respected family have faced over the last 250 years and the means by which it has survived make for an absorbing tale.
Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors: The Essential Genealogical Guide to Early Modern Ulster, 1600-1800
Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors is the perfect and essential guide for anyone researching Ulster families.
One of the greatest frustrations for generations of genealogical researchers has been that reliable guidance on sources for perhaps the most critical period in the establishment of their family's links with Ulster, the period up to 1800, has proved to be so elusive. Not any more. Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors: The Essential Genealogical Guide to Early Modern Ulster, 1600-1800 by Dr William Roulston can claim to be the first comprehensive guide for family historians searching for ancestors in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Ulster.
Whether their ancestors are of English, Scottish or Gaelic Irish origin, it will be of enormous value to anyone wishing to conduct research in Ulster prior to 1800. A comprehensive range of sources from the period 1600-1800 are identified and explained in very clear terms. Information on the whereabouts of these records and how they may be accessed is also provided. Equally important, there is guidance on how effectively they might be used.
The appendices to Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors include a full listing of pre-1800 church records for Ulster; a detailed description of nearly 250 collections of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century estate papers; and a summary breakdown of the sources available from this period for each parish in Ulster.