Thursday, 2 March 2017

The Moore Baronets

THE MOORE BARONETCY, OF MOORE LODGE, COUNTY ANTRIM, WAS CREATED IN 1932 FOR THE RT HON SIR WILLIAM MOORE, SECOND LORD CHIEF JUSTICE OF NORTHERN IRELAND

JAMES MOORE migrated from Cumberland in the reign of JAMES I and settled at Ballynacree More, parish of Ballymoney, County Antrim.

His grandson,

JAMES MOORE, of Ballynacree, a Member of the Society of Friends, distrained for tithes each year, 1675-82, by the priest of Ballymoney, had issue, three sons,
William, of Killead;
James, of Ballynacree;
JOSEPH, of whom presently.
The third son,

JOSEPH MOORE, of Rosnashane, County Antrim, wedded, in 1706, Susan Breddy (Brady), of Grange, in same county, and had issue,
WILLIAM, his heir;
James, of Desertderrin, ancestor of MOORE of Moorefort;
John, ancestor of MOORE of Lischeihan;
Joseph, of Ahoghill;
Samson, of Moore Lodge;
George.
The eldest son,

WILLIAM MOORE (1708-), of Rosnashane, espoused Elizabeth Courtenay, of Glenburn, and (with three daughters), had two sons,
JOSEPH, his heir;
WILLIAM, of Killagan.
The elder son,

JOSEPH MOORE, of Rosnashane, Barrister, married Susan, daughter of Joseph Courtenay, of Glenburn, and had issue (with two daughters), three sons,
William, died young;
Thomas, Midshipman RN, drowned;
SAMSON, his successor.
The third, but only surviving son,

SAMSON MOORE, of Rosnashane, Captain, Finvoy Yeomanry, wedded, in 1787, Jane Ramadge, of Mullens; and dying in 1832, had issue,
Thomas, died unmarried;
ALEXANDER, his heir;
William, military officer;
Joseph, died young;
Elizabeth; Jane; Martha; Alice.
The second son,

DR ALEXANDER MOORE, of Rosnashane (which property was sold at his death), married, in 1821, Mary, daughter of Rev B Mitchell, and great-granddaughter of James Moore, of Desertderrin, and had issue,
WILLIAM, his heir;
Samson, died unmarried;
Alexander, Colonel in the US Army;
George;
Thomas;
Courtenay (Rev), Rector of Mitchelstown and Canon of Cloyne;
Mary; Jane; Elizabeth.
The eldest son,


DR WILLIAM MOORE JP (1826-1901), of Moore Lodge, County Antrim, High Sheriff of County Antrim, 1890, President of the King and Queen's College of Physicians in Ireland, 1883-84, King's Professor of Medicine, Trinity College, Dublin, Physician-in-Ordinary to the Queen in Ireland, 1885 espoused, in 1863, Sidney Blanche, daughter of Captain Abraham Fuller, of Woodfield, King's County, and had issue,
WILLIAM, his heir;
John;
Alexander;
George Abraham (Dr);
Sydney William;
Roger Clotworthy.
The eldest son,

THE RT HON SIR WILLIAM MOORE (1864-1934), of Moore Lodge, married, in 1888, Helen Gertrude, fourth daughter of Joseph Wilson, of Clonmore, County Dublin (DL for Co Armagh), and had issue,
WILLIAM SAMSON, his successor;
Joseph Roger, b 1895;
Nina Mary Adelaide.
  • MP for North Antrim, 1899-1906
  • MP for North Armagh, 1906-17
  • PPS to Chief Secretary for Ireland, 1902-04
  • Puisne Judge, 1917
  • Lord Justice of Appeal, 1921
  • Lord Chief Justice of NI, 1925-37



 PRIVY COUNSELLORS (IRELAND)
The KING has been graciously pleased, on the occasion of His Majesty's Birthday, to declare that the following shall be sworn of His Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council in Ireland:- The Hon William Moore KC, One of the Judges of the King's Bench Division of the High Court of Justice in Ireland.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 3 JUNE, 1932 
The KING has been graciously pleased, on the occasion of His Majesty's Birthday, to signify his intention of conferring Baronetcies of the United Kingdom on the following:- The Right Honourable William Moore LL.D, DL, Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland.

Sir William was the eldest son of Queen Victoria's honorary physician in Ireland, Dr William Moore of Rosnashane, Ballymoney. 

His family had come to Ulster during the Plantation, at which time they were Quakers, and settled at Ballymoney (the Moore Lodge estate was to be inherited from a relative).

In 1903, he was one of the first landowners in Ireland to sell off their estates under the Land Acts.

By the early 1920s, he owned a Belfast pied-à-terre called 'Glassnabreedon' at Whitehouse, north of Belfast, which was once owned by the son of Nicholas Grimshaw (1747-1805), Ireland's first cotton pioneer.

Sir William was succeeded by his eldest son,

SIR WILLIAM SAMSON MOORE, 2nd Baronet (1891-1978), JP DL, of Moore Lodge, High Sheriff of County Antrim, 1944, who wedded, in 1915, Ethel Cockburn Gordon, daughter of Walter Livingstone Wheeler, and had issue,
WILLIAM ROGER CLOTWORTHY, his successor;
Nina Pamela (1916-68).
Sir William was succeeded by his only son,

SIR WILLIAM ROGER CLOTWORTHY MOORE, 3rd Baronet (1927-), TD, of Moore Lodge, High Sheriff of County Antrim, 1964, Major, North Irish Horse, 1950-63, who married, in 1954, Gillian (d 2016), daughter of John Brown, of County Antrim, and has issue,
RICHARD WILLIAM, of Huxham House, Shepton Mallet, Somerset;
Belinda Jane Eve, b 1956.

MOORE LODGE, near Ballymoney, County Antrim, is a beautifully positioned house, set high above the River Bann, surrounded by trees and lawns in a small, good quality parkland.

In 1876, the Moores owned 1,470 acres of land in County Antrim.

It was described in 1814 as ‘certainly one of the prettiest and most retired spots in this county’.

The original 17th century house was apparently burnt in 1729 and replaced post 1759 by the present Georgian building, which was improved in the 1840s and had an extension added in 1901.

There was a notable garden in the early part of the 20th century, which is now only remembered by an unpublished account written in 1951, The Gardens of Moore Lodge 1902-1939.

The pigeon house, or dovecote, in the grounds is pre-1832.

The property has remained continuously with the Moore family since the early 18th century.

First published in June, 2010.

8 comments :

Anonymous said...

Tim, I came across your interesting blog quite by accident. I'm wondering if you were at Campbell at the same time as Richard Moore (Sir William 'Bill' Moore's son) as I indeed was. You are four years my junior and I can't place you at Campbell.

Richard is a great friend and I stayed with him on several occasions after we both moved to (different parts of) England.

Nick Stewart said...

The Moores lived for a time at Termon Rectory in Carrickmore (formerly a Stewart property) and were great friends of my parents. I recently contacted Richard in fact, he lives in Somerset now. Interesting to read a bit of his family history. I thought Moore Lodge had burned down a number of years ago?

James said...

So has the Lodge been turned into a bed and breakfast like so many of these historic homes in Northern Ireland? If so, does the family still own it? I am an American descendant of the Moores and am hoping to get back in touch with the family, since my grandfather last visited over 60 years ago at the end of the Second World War.

Jamie moore said...

My name is Jamie Marie Moore Smelser I live in USA Georgia. I am so glad I found your page. I have been trying to find out info on my earlier descendant Sir John Moore who came from Ireland. There was a drawing of his Family Crest in the old bible I found the same one above. This is so exciting Thank you for all this info.

Denise (Boyd) Clyde said...

I lived at Moore Lodge during my childhood it really was a wonderful and beautiful place. Any child's dream in fact and I love to tell my little ones all my stories of my time there.
We were not Moores and had the house for only a few years I should mention! I believe my father sold the house back to the original Moores. This was all around 1985-1990 I think, it was a dreamy time in my childhood and I very much still miss that wonderful home - was delighted to find this blog!

Anonymous said...

Hi I have found your blog after researching Sir William Moore who I believe to be my great grandfather. My grandmother I believe is his illegitimate child. The family resemblance is remarkable. Please could you tell me how to get in touch with the family? I think they would be a fascinated as me. Regards Annette

Anonymous said...

Hello Annette, I have read your post and am keen to identify to which Sir William Moore you are referring to. I am the great grandson of the original Sir William Moore.

statelyhomes said...


Please note that Glassnabreedon is spelt as Glassabreedon in the Mark Bence-Jones book A Guide to Irish Country Houses (1996). It is described as 'a large Victorian house'.