JOHN McFARLAND JP (1848-1926), a prosperous businessman from Londonderry, married Annie, daughter of John Talbot, in 1893.
He was Mayor of Londonderry, 1909-12; High Sheriff, 1904-5; member, Port and Harbour Commissioners; Chairman, Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway Company, 1908.
Mr McFarland was also founder of, and a partner in, the firm of McCrea and McFarland, engineering contractors, of Belfast and Londonderry; chairman of Mulhollands Ltd, drapers; chairman of Brewster's Ltd, bakers; owner of the Lough Swilly Steamship Company.Mr McFarland was created a baronet, of Aberfoyle, County Londonderry, in 1914.
His only son,
SIR BASIL ALEXANDER TALBOT McFARLAND CBE ERD (1898-1986), 2nd Baronet, of Aberfoyle,
High Sheriff of the City of Londonderry, 1930-38 and 1952; High Sheriff of County Londonderry, 1952; Mayor of Londonderry, 1939 and 1945-50; HM Lord-Lieutenant of the City of Londonderry, 1939-75. He served in 1918 with the Artists Rifles, and in the 2nd World War served overseas, mainly in North Africa, with the 9th Londonderry HAA Regiment and was mentioned in despatches.
Commanding Officer of the Londonderry City Battalion of the Home Guard; Chairman of the Territorial Army and Auxiliary Force Association (Co. Londonderry), 1947-62; member of its national council; Hon Colonel, 9th Londonderry HAA Regiment of the Royal Artillery (TA), and President of the NI TA and Volunteer Reserve Association, 1968-71; a Commissioner of Irish Lights; a member of the NI Air Advisory Council, 1946-65; Chairman of the Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners, 1952-67; a member of the London Midland Area Board of the British Transport Commission, 1955-61; and a trustee of Magee University College, Londonderry, 1962-65.
His directorships and business interests included: directorships of the Belfast Banking Co. Ltd, 1930-70; the Belfast Bank Executors Trustee Co., and the Donegal Railways Co., a local directorship of the Commercial Union Assurance Co., and the chairmanship of Sir Alfred McAlpine & Son (Northern Ireland) Ltd; the Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway Co;Lanes (Derry) Ltd; Lanes (Fuel Oils) Ltd; Lanes (Business Equipment) Ltd; John W. Corbett & Sons; R.C. Malseed & Co. Ltd; Alexander Thompson & Co. Ltd; and the Londonderry Gaslight Co.
Sir Basil's only son,
SIR JOHN TALBOT McFARLAND TD DL (b 1927), of Aberfoyle, 3rd and present Baronet, married Mary, daughter of Dr William Scott-Watson, in 1957.
Former member Management Ctee NW Group; Former director, Londonderry Gaslight, 1958–89; Donegal Holdings, 1970–86; G Kinnaird & Son, 1981–97; Windy Hills Ltd, 1994–95; Erinwind Ltd, 1994–; Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway, (1978–81); R C Malseed & County Hospitals, 1958.He lived in 2003 at Dunmore House, Carrigans, County Donegal.
Sir John was was educated at Marlborough and Trinity College Oxford; Territorial Army (Captain, Royal Artillery and RASC), 1955; High Sheriff of County Londonderry, 1958; and City of Londonderry, 1965-66; Commissioner of Londonderry Port and Harbour Board, 1969; in 1977, Chairman: Lanes (Business Equipment); McFarland Farms, 1980–; J T McFarland Holdings, 1984-2001.
ABERFOYLE HOUSE now forms a part of the Magee campus of the Ulster University.
It is situated in urban surroundings. a good portion of the grounds for the house of 1873 remain planted up.
The site slopes towards the River Foyle.
The west end is mostly walled in with brick and is cultivated by the Centre for Environmental and Horticultural Studies.
There is a rose garden south of the house and shrubbery on either side of the twisting avenue to the eastern gate. The house is used as offices.
There is a rose garden south of the house and shrubbery on either side of the twisting avenue to the eastern gate.
The house is used as offices.
The McFarland Papers are deposited at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.
First published in July, 2010.