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Antrim, Earl of (I, 1785)

 

Creation: let. pat. 19 Jun 1785

 

Family name: MacDonnell later McDonnell

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Arms:

Quarterly:  1st and 4th, grandquarterly (for McDonnell):  1st, Or a Lion rampant Gules;  2nd, Or a Dexter Arm issuant from the sinister fess point out of a Cloud proper in the hand a Cross Crosslet fitchée erect Azure;  3rd, Argent a Ship with Sails furled Sable;  4th, per fess Azure and Vert a Dolphin naiant in fess proper;  2nd and 4th grandquarterly (for Kerr):  1st and 4th, Azure a Sun in splendour Or;  2nd, Gules on a Chevron Azure three Mullets of the field;  3rd, Sable on a Chevron between three Unicorns' Heads Argent as many Mullets of the field

Crests:

1st:  A Dexter Arm embowed fesswise couped at the shoulder vested Or cuffed Argent holding in the hand a Cross Crosslet fitchée erect Azure (McDonnell);  2nd:  A Sun in Splendour Or (Kerr)

Supporters:

Dexter:  a Savage wreathed about the temples and loins with Ivy all proper;  Sinister:  a Falcon wings inverted proper beaked membered and belled Or

Motto:

Toujours Prest (Always ready)

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Randal William [MacDonnell], 6th and 1st Earl of Antrim later 1st Marquess of Antrim, KB PC

only son and heir of Alexander [MacDonnell], 5th Earl of Antrim, by his second wife Anne Plunkett, 1st dau. and hrss. of Hon Charles Patrick Plunkett MP, of Dillonstown, co. Louth

born

4 Nov 1749

mar.

3 Jul 1774 Hon Letitia Trevor (widow of Hon Arthur Hill-Trevor MP, only son and heir ap. by his second wife of Arthur [Hill later Hill-Trevor], 1st Viscount Dungannon; d. 7 Dec 1801), 1st dau. of Harvey [Morres], 1st Viscount Mountmorres, by his firstwife Lady Letitia Ponsonby, 4th dau. by his first wife of Brabazon [Ponsonby], 1st Earl of Bessborough

children

1. Lady Anne Catherine MacDonnell, later suo jure Countess of Antrim

2. Lady Letitia Sarah MacDonnell (b. 11 Feb 1778; d. bef. 1834)

3. Lady Charlotte MacDonnell, later suo jure Countess of Antrim

died

s.p.m. 29 Jul 1791

created

19 Jun 1785 Viscount Dunluce and Earl of Antrim, with remainder, failing heirs male of his body, to his daughters in order of seniority, and the heirs male of their bodies respectively

18 Aug 1789 Marquess of Antrim, but without any such special remainder

suc. by

daughter

note

Member of Parliament for co. Antrim 1768-75; Sheriff of co. Antrim 1771; suc. his father 13 Oct 1775 as 6th Earl of Antrim (cr. 1620);  Knight of the Bath 1779; nominated as one of the Founder Knights of the Order of St Patrick 1783 but declined the offer as un-willing to relinquish the Order of the Bath; Privy Councillor [I] 1786; on his death the 1620 Earldom of Antrim together with the Marquessate of Antrim became extinct

 

Lady Anne Catherine MacDonnell, suo jure Countess of Antrim

born

11 Feb 1778

mar. (1)

25 Apr 1799 Sir Henry Vane later Vane-Tempest, 2nd Bt., of Wynyard, co.Durham (dspm. 1 Aug 1813), 1st son of Rev Sir Henry Vane, 1st Bt., of Long Newton, co. Durham, by his wife Frances Tempest, only dau. of John Tempest, of Sherborne, co. Durham

only child by first husband

1. Lady Frances Anne Emily Vane-Tempest (b. 7 Feb 1800; d. 20 Jan 1865), mar. 3 Apr 1849 as his second wife Charles William [Stewart later Vane], 3rd Marquess of Londonderry, and had issue

mar. (2)

24 May 1817 Edmund Phelps later McDonnell (b. c. 1780; d. 30 May 1852)

died

s.p.m. 30 Jun 1834

suc. by

sister

 

Lady Charlotte MacDonnell, suo jure Countess of Antrim

born

12 Aug 1779

mar.

18 Jul 1799 Vice Adm Lord Mark Robert Kerr RN (b. 12 Nov 1776; d. 9 Sep 1840), 3rd son of William John [Kerr], 5th Marquess of Lothian, by his wife Elizabeth Fortescue, only dau. of Chichester Fortescue, of Dromisken, co. Louth

children

1. Sydney Kerr (dvm. young)

2. William Kerr (b. c. 1802; dvm. 1819)

3. Mark Kerr (dvm. young)

4. Hon Charles Fortescue Kerr, styled Viscount Dunluce (b. 4 Apr 1810; dvm. 26 Jul 1834)

5. Hon Hugh Seymour Kerr later McDonnell, later 4th Earl of Antrim

6. Hon Mark Kerr later McDonnell, later 5th Earl of Antrim

7. Hon Arthur Schomberg Kerr (b. 16 May 1820; d. 14 Aug 1856), mar. 16 Mar 1846 Agnes Steuart Frankland (d. 30 Jan 1909), dau. of J H Frankland, of Eashing Park, Surrey, and had issue

1. Lady Letitia Louisa Kerr (d. 5 Jan 1885), mar. 2 Sept 1871 Capt Cortland George Macgregor Skinner, of Carisbrooke House, Isle of Wight

2. Lady Georgiana Emily Jane Kerr (d. 20 May 1881), mar. 17 Oct 1825 Rev Hon Frederic Bertie, Rector of Albury, co. Oxford, and Wytham, co. Berkshire (b. 12 Feb 1793; d. 4 Feb 1868), 3rd but 2nd surv. son of Willoughby [Bertie], 4th Earl of Abingdon, by his wife Charlotte Warren, 3rd surv. dau. and cohrss. of Admiral Sir Peter Warren KB MP RN, of Warrenstown, and had issue

3. Lady Caroline Mary Kerr (d. 28 Mar 1889), mar. 29 July 1829 Rev Horace Robert Pechell, Rector of Bix, co. Oxford, and Chancellor of Brecon (d. 22 Feb 1882), 3rd son of Augustus Pechell, of Berkhamstead, co. Berkshire, Receiver-General of the Post Office and of the Customs (by his wife Sarah Drake, 3rd dau. and cohrss. of Rev Thomas Drake DD, Rector of Amersham, co. Buckingham), 2nd son of Lt Col Sir Paul Pechell, 1st Bt., of Pagglesham, co. Essex, and had issue

4. Lady Charlotte Elizabeth Kerr (d. 17 Jan 1866), mar. 22 Aug 1835 as his first wife Sir George Robert Osborn, 6th Bt., of Chicksands Priory, co. Bedford, and had issue

5. Lady Frederica Augusta Kerr (b. c. 1816; dsp. 26 Nov 1864), mar. 11 Mar 1841 as his second wife Montagu [Bertie], 5th Earl of Abingdon

6. Lady Emily Frances Kerr (d. 5 Jun 1874), mar. (1) 1 Jan 1839 Henry Richardson, of Somerset, co. Derry (d. 1849), and (2) 7 Jul 1864 Steuart Macnaghten, barrister, son of Sir Francis Macnaghten, 1st Bt.

died

26 Oct 1835

suc. by

son

 

Hugh Seymour [Kerr later McDonnell], 4th Earl of Antrim

born

7 Aug 1812

mar.

3 May 1836 Lady Laura Cecilia Parker (b. 1809; d. 26 Jan 1883), 1st dau. of Thomas [Parker], 5th Earl of Macclesfield, by his second wife Eliza Wolstenholme, yst. dau. of William Breton-Wolstenholme, of Holly Hill, co. Sussex

only child

1. Lady Helen Laura McDonnell (d. 17 Mar 1922), mar. 15 Oct 1864 Rear Admiral Sir Malcolm MacGregor of MacGregor, 4th Bt. RN, and had issue

died

s.p.m. 19 Jul 1855

suc. by

brother

 

Mark [Kerr later McDonnell], 5th Earl of Antrim

born

3 Apr 1814

mar.

27 Apr 1849 Jane Emma Hannah Macan (b. c. 1825; d. 21 Apr 1892), 2nd dau. of Maj Turner Macan, of Cariff, co. Armagh, by his wife Harriet Sneyd, dau. of Maj Ralph Henry Sneyd

children

1. Hon William Randall McDonnell, later 6th Earl of Antrim

2. Lieut Hon Mark Henry Horace McDonnell (b. 18 Aug 1852; dsp. 23 Apr 1909), mar. 19 Aug 1892 his cousin Emily Fanny Dorothy Osborn (d. 12 Jul 1929), 4th dau. of Sir George Robert Osborn, 6th Bt., of Chicksands Priory, co. Bedford, by his first wife Lady Charlotte Elizabeth Kerr, 1st dau. of Vice Admiral Lord Mark Robert Kerr RN by his wife Lady Charlotte MacDonnell, suo jure Countess of Antrim

3. Hon Hugh Seymour McDonnell (b. 18 Jul 1855; d. 24 Oct 1879)

4. Hon Alexander McDonnell, Chief Clerk of the House of Lords (b. 23 Jun 1857; d. 9 Dec 1945)

5. Capt Hon Sir Schomberg Kerr McDonnell GCVO KCB, Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister 1888-1902, Secretary to the Commissioners of Works 1902-12, Chief Intelligence Officer, London District 1914-15 (b. 22 Mar 1861; d. 23 Nov 1915), mar. 26 Feb 1913 Ethel Henry Harrison (b. 26 Oct 1873; former wife of Capt William Harrison, of West Hill, Staleybridge, co. Lancaster; d. 14 Apr 1916), 2nd dau. of Maj Alexander Henry Davis, of La Floridiana, Naples, Italy, by his wife Caroline May, 1st dau. of John Joseph May

1. Lady Caroline Elizabeth McDonnell (d. 23 Feb 1930), mar. 27 Apr 1881 Rev Hon Albert Edward Bertie, Rector of Gedling, co. Nottingham, 3rd son of Montagu [Bertie], 6th Earl of Abingdon, by his wife Elizabeth Lavinia Vernon-Harcourt, only dau. and hrss. by his first wife of George Granville Vernon-Harcourt MP, of Nuneham Courtenay, co. Oxford, and had issue

2. Lady Mabel Harriet McDonnell CBE (d. 31 Dec 1942), mar. 6 Jun 1878 Henry Charles Howard MP, of Greystoke Castle, co. Cumberland (b. 17 Sep 1850; d. 4 Aug 1914), 1st son and heir of Henry Howard, of Greystoke Castle, co. Cumberland, by his wife Charlotte Caroline Georgiana Long, 1st dau. of Henry Lawes Long, of Hampton Lodge, co. Surrey, by his wife Lady Caroline Walpole, 4th dau. by his first wife of Horatio [Walpole], 2nd Earl of Orford, and had issue

3. Lady Evelyn McDonnell (d. 1 Jun 1947)

4. Lady Jane Grey McDonnell CStJ (b. 15 Jun 1863; d. 27 Aug 1953), mar. 1 Jun 1886 Charles John Robert [Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis], 21st Baron Clinton, and had issue

5. Lady Helena McDonnell (d. 11 Jan 1948), mar. 12 Apr 1888 Capt Charles Barrington Balfour CB MP, of Newton Don, Kelso, co. Berwick, and Balfour House, Balgonie, co. Fife (b. 20 Feb 1862; d. 31 Aug 1921), only child of Charles Balfour, of Newton Don, co. Berwick, by his first wife Hon Adelaide Barrington, 5th dau. of William Keppel [Barrington], 6th Viscount Barrington, and had issue

died

19 Dec 1869

suc. by

son

note

Captain, Royal Navy

 

William Randall [McDonnell], 6th Earl of Antrim

born

8 Jan 1851

mar.

1 Jun 1875 Louisa Jane Grey VA, Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Victoria 1890-1901 and to Queen Alexandra 1901 (b. 15 Feb 1855; d. 2 Apr 1949), 3rd dau. of Gen Hon Charles Grey (by his wife Caroline Eliza Farquhar, 1st dau. of Sir Thomas Harvie Farquhar, 2nd Bt.), 2nd son of Charles [Grey], 2nd Earl Grey

children

1. Hon Randall Mark Kerr McDonnell, later 7th Earl of Antrim

2. Col Hon Angus McDonnell CB CMG, Member of Parliament for Dartford 1924-29, Hon Attaché Washington 1941-45 (b. 7 Jun 1881; dsp. 22 Apr 1966), mar. 13 Dec 1913 Ethelwyn Sylvia Arthur Leveaux (former wife of M V Leveaux; d. 3 Apr 1948), 2nd dau. of Henry Arthur Jones

1. Lady Sybil Mary McDonnell CStJ (b. 28 Mar 1876; d. 16 Apr 1959), mar. 6 Mar 1897 Vivian Hugh [Smith], 1st Baron Bicester, and had issue

died

19 Jul 1918

suc. by

son

 

Randall Mark Kerr [McDonnell], 7th Earl of Antrim

born

10 Dec 1878

mar.

2 Jul 1904 Margaret Isabel Talbot (d. 19 Apr 1974), 6th dau. of Rt Hon John Gilbert Talbot MP (by his wife Hon Meriel Sarah Lyttelton, 1st dau. by his first wife of George William [Lyttelton], 4th Baron Lyttelton), 1st son of Hon John Chetwynd-Talbot (by his wife Hon Caroline Jane Stuart-Wortley, only dau. of James Archibald [Stuart later Stuart-Wortley later Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie], 1st Baron Wharncliffe), 4th son of Charles [Chetwynd-Talbot], 2nd Earl Talbot

children

1. Hon Randal John Somerled McDonnell, later 8th Earl of Antrim

2. Hon James Angus Grey McDonnell, of Hoebridge Cottage, Balls Cross, Petworth, co. Sussex (b. 3 Aug 1917), mar. 19 Oct 1939 Jeanne Irene Barry, only child of Col Stanley Leonard Barry CMG CBE DSO MVO, of Hampton Gay Manor, co. Oxford (by his first wife Hannah Mary MacGeorge, former wife of Col William MacGeorge and 1st dau. of James Harmsworth, of 34 Phillimore Gardens, London W8), 5th son of Sir Francis Tress Barry, 1st Bt., and has issue

1. Lady Rose Gwendolen Louisa McDonnell DCVO, Woman of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth II 1953-93 (b. 23 May 1909; d. 1993), mar. 22 Apr 1933 Francis Anthony Baring (b. 28 Nov 1909; d. Jun 1940), only son of Maj Hon Hugo Baring OBE (by his wife Lady Evelyn Harriet McGarel-Hogg, widow of James Douglas [McGarel-Hogg], 2nd Baron Magheramorne, and 2nd dau. of Anthony [Ashley-Cooper], 8th Earl of Shaftesbury), 5th son of Edward Charles [Baring], 1st Baron Revelstoke, and had issue

2. Lady Jean Meriel McDonnell (b. 1 Sep 1914; d. 16 Nov 1998), mar. 31 Aug 1939 Capt Hon William Speke Philipps (b. 17 Sept 1908; d. 5 Sep 1975), 5th son of Laurence Richard [Philipps], 1st Baron Milford, by his wife Ethel Georgina Speke, only dau. of Rev Benjamin Speke, Rector of Dowlish Wake, co. Somerset, and had issue

died

15 Jun 1932

suc. by

son

 

Randal John Somerled [McDonnell], 8th Earl of Antrim, KBE DL

born

22 May 1911

mar.

11 May 1934 Angela Christina Sykes (d. 1984), 3rd dau. of Col Sir (Tatton Benvenuto) Mark Sykes, 6th Bt., of Sledmere House, co. York, by his wife Edith Violet Gorst, 3rd dau. of Rt Hon Sir John Gorst MP

children

1. Hon Alexander Randal Mark McDonnell, later 9th Earl of Antrim

2. Hon ..... McDonnell (b. 4 Feb 1936; dvp. 5 Feb 1936)

3. Hon Hector John McDonnell, of The Old Rectory, Glenarm, Ballymena. co. Antrim, painter (b. 1 Mar 1947), mar. 15 Feb 1969 (div. 1974) Catherine Elizabeth Chapman, 2nd dau. of Ronald Chapman, of Buttermilk Hall, Brill, co. Buckingham, and has issue

1. Lady Christina Alice McDonnell (b. 18 Sep 1938; d. 12 Jul 1991), mar. 23 Jan 1963 Joseph Andrew Christopher Hoare (d. 5 Jan 2002), only son of Sir Reginald Hervey Hoare KCMG, of Pine Crest, Hawley, Camberley, co. Surrey, and 80 Harley House, Marylebone Road, London NW1, and had issue

died

26 Sep 1977

suc. by

son

note

Clerk of the House of Lords 1932-34; Capt, RNVR during World War II 1939-45; commanding Ulster Division RNVR 1954-57; Vice-Lieutenant of co. Antrim 1955; Chairman, National Trust 1965-77

 

Alexander Randal Mark [McDonnell], 9th Earl of Antrim

born

3 Feb 1935

mar. (1)

9 Feb 1963 (div. 1974) Sarah Elizabeth Anne Harmsworth (mar. (2) Oliver Gates, of Manningford Abbotts, co. Wiltshire), 2nd dau. of St John Bernard Vyvyan Harmsworth, of Valley Holme, Horsted Keynes, co. Sussex, by his wife Jane Penelope Boothby, 1st dau. of Maj Basil Tanfield Beridge Boothby

children by first wife

1. Hon Randal Alexander St John McDonnell, styled Viscount Dunluce, of Glenarm Castle, Glenarm, Ballymena, co. Antrim (b. 2 Jul 1967), mar. Aurora Gunn, only dau. of David Gunn, of Aldsworth, co. Gloucester, and have issue:

1a. Hon Alexander David Somerled McDonnell (b. 30 Jun 2006)

1a. Hon Helena Maeve Aurora McDonnell (b. 19 Feb 2008)

1. Lady Flora Mary McDonnell (b. 7 Nov 1963), mar. 30 Apr 2003 Dr Thomas Rupert Blaise Pennybacker (b. 1975), son of Joseph Pennybacker, of Ganthorpe Hall, Terrington, co. York, by his wife Rosalind Catherine Toynbee, 1st dau. of Lawrence Leif Toynbee, of Chapel Cottage, Ganthorpe, co. York (2nd son of Prof Arnold Joseph Toynbee CH), by his wife Jean Constance Asquith, 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Cdr Hon Arthur Melland Asquith DSO RNVR, of Clovelly Court, co. Devon (by his wife Hon Betty Constance Manners, 2nd dau. of John Thomas [Manners-Sutton later Manners], 3rd Baron Manners), 3rd son of Herbert Henry [Asquith], 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith

2. Lady Alice Angela Jane McDonnell (b. 5 Dec 1964), mar. 1991 Christian Gwinn, of 49 Winterbrook Road, London SE24, son of Richard Gwinn, of Philadelphia, USA, and has issue

mar. (2)

21 Oct 1977 Elizabeth Hannah Sacher, 1st dau. of Michael Moses Sacher

only child by second wife

3. Lady Rachel Frances McDonnell (b. 24 Feb 1978)

 

 Last updated 8 Jul 2010

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Titles:

9th Earl of Antrim

(Ireland, let. pat. 19 Jun 1785)

9th Viscount Dunluce

(Ireland, let. pat. 19 Jun 1785)

 

Address:

Deer Park Cottage, Castle Lane, Glenarm, Ballymena, Co. Antrim BT44 0BQ

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