This family was of high station in Dorset at a very remote period (its name appearing in the Domesday Book).
As early as the reign of EDWARD I, several of its members represented the borough of Shaftesbury in Parliament.
The pedigree and history, as anciently of Ancketill's Place, near Shaftesbury, and east Aimer, near Sturminster Marshall, and more anciently of Lye, near Wimborne, and represented by Ancketill, of Ancketill's Grove, are given in the 3rd edition of Hutchins' History of Dorset, and there carried down to 1868; the pedigree extends to twenty-three generations, and shows intermarriages with the most distinguished of the old Dorset families.The first ancestor of this line,
The history shows the active part which this family took as Royalists in the time of CHARLES I in Dorset, and that its descendants and representatives in Ireland, when called upon, were not found wanting in devotion to what they considered the right cause.
CAPTAIN OLIVER ANCKETILL JP (1609-66), of County Monaghan, High Sheriff, 1662, son of William Ancketill, of Shaftesbury, Dorset, married Rebecca, probably of the family of Bullingbrooke, of Galway, and and issue,
MATTHEW, his heir;Captain Ancketill was succeeded by his eldest son,
Sarah, m 1660, James Corry, ancestor of the Earls of Belmore;
MATTHEW ANCKETILL (1651-), of Ancketill's Grove, County Monaghan, to whom that estate was confirmed, by patent, in the reign of CHARLES II.
He was High Sheriff of County Monaghan, 1682, but was attainted by JAMES II.
Mr Ancketill wedded Matilda, daughter of Robert Moore, of Ravella and Garvey, County Tyrone, and had (with other issue),
WILLIAM, his heir;Mr Ancketill was killed at the battle of Drumbanagher, and was succeeded by his eldest son,
OLIVER, succeeded his brother;
WILLIAM ANCKETILL (1677-1709), of Ancketill's Grove, High Sheriff, 1707, who dsp 1709 and was succeeded by his next brother,
OLIVER ANCKETILL (1680-c1760), of Ancketill's Grove, MP for the borough of Monaghan, 1754-60, MA and LL.B Trinity College, Dublin, 1703; one of the original founders of the Royal Dublin Society; High Sheriff of County Monaghan, 1703.
He married firstly, in 1716, the Hon Sarah Caulfeild, second daughter of William, 2nd Viscount Charlemont, by Anne Margetson, his wife, only daughter of the Most Rev James Margetson, Lord Archbishop of Armagh, and had issue (with three daughters),
WILLIAM (1724-56), father of CHARLES;Mr Ancketill espoused secondly, when about 80 years of age, Anne Stephens (née Tuton), and died immediately after, and was succeeded by his grandson,
CHARLES ANKETELL (1754-1828), of Anketell Grove, who died unmarried, and was succeeded by his nephew,
WILLIAM ANKETELL JP DL (1790-1851), of Anketell Grove, High Sheriff, 1830, who married, in 1809, Sarah, second daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel John Charles Frederick Waring Maxwell, of Finnebrogue, County Down, and had issue,
MATTHEW JOHN, his heir;Mr Anketell was succeeded by his eldest son,
William Robert, of Quintin Castle, Portaferry;
Fitz Ameline Maxwell, of Killyfaddy, Clogher;
Anne Dorothea; Maria; Matilda Jane.
MATTHEW JOHN ANKETELL JP DL (1812-70), of Anketell Grove, High Sheriff of County Monaghan, 1834, Major, Monaghan Militia, who married, in 1840, Catherine Frances Anne, eldest daughter of David Ker MP, of Portavo and Montalto, County Down, by the Lady Selina, his wife, daughter of the 1st Marquess of Londonderry, and had issue,
MATTHEW DAVID, his heir;Major Anketell was succeeded by his eldest son,
Oliver Frederick (1850-72);
WILLIAM, succeeded his brother;
Robert Waring Maxwell;
Selina Sarah; Ada; Frances Emmeline; Gertrude Madelina;
Bertha Grace Phœbe; Octavia Mary; Augusta.
MATTHEW DAVID ANKETELL (1841-72), of Anketell Grove, who was killed by a fall from horseback; died unmarried, and was succeeded by his next surviving brother,
WILLIAM ANCKETILL DL (1851-1931), of Ancketill's Grove, Lieutenant, Royal Tyrone Fusiliers, who married, in 1875, Jean Laing, daughter of Robert Falkner, of Broughton Park, Lancashire, and had issue, an only child,
OLIVE MAUD ANCKETILL (1876-1909), who wedded firstly, in 1901, Reginald George Petre Wymer, only son of Reginald Augustus Wymer, and grandson of Sir Henry George Petre Wymer KCB, and had issue, a daughter, Lovice Vivian Petre.
She espoused secondly, in 1907, Michael Linning Henry Melville, Egyptian Civil Service, and had issue, a daughter,
Monica Agnes Ancketill, born in 1908.
His grandson Oliver rebuilt the house on higher ground at the head of the copper beech avenue.
This house was demolished in 1781, when a third dwelling was erected on another site: A two-storey, five-bay, gable-ended main block with a small pediment, joined by curved sweeps to single-storey, two-bay wings.
There are Georgian-Gothic windows in the wings.
The house was extensively remodelled about 1840, boasting an central Italianate attic tower at the centre, which rises from ground level.
The estate was mortgaged by William Anketell, early in 1884, to the Scottish Provident Insurance Association. Mr Anketell had been, by that stage, in financial difficulties.
Scottish Provident began evictions almost at once: The estate was put up for sale in the Encumbered Estates Court in 1886 and the Scottish Provident became absolute owners of the whole estate, with the exception of Anketell Grove House, demesne and three townlands.
In 1899, Scottish Provident received £4,800 in advances from the Government for sales to sixty two tenants.
In 1901, William Anketell received £3,820 for sales to thirty-three tenants (Dublin Gazette, 26th July, 1901, pps 1045-6).
Some time thereafter the Anketells removed to Killyfaddy, near Clogher, County Tyrone.
Anketell Grove was purchased from the Irish Land Commission in 1922 by Patrick McKenna, of Derryhee, nearby.
In 1970, Anketell Grove and ninety acres of land were purchased by Mr Laurence Clerkin, the present owner.
I AM GRATEFUL TO HENRY SKEATH FOR HIS INVALUABLE ASSISTANCE IN THE COMPOSITION OF THIS ARTICLE.
First published in April, 2013.