Armar Lowry-Corry, 5th Earl Belmore

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Armar Lowry-Corry, 5th Earl Belmore (5 May 1870 – 12 February 1948) was an Irish nobleman and the eldest son of Somerset Lowry-Corry, 4th Earl Belmore.

Early years[edit]

He was born in Government House, Sydney in Australia during his father's term as Governor of New South Wales, baptised in Sydney Cathedral and styled Viscount Corry until he succeeded his father in the earldom in 1913.

Education[edit]

In 1883 he went to Winchester College and then to Trinity Hall, Cambridge where he graduated in 1891,[1] after which he became a barrister-at-law at the Inner Temple. He also gained the rank of captain in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He held the offices of High Sheriff of County Fermanagh (1895) and High Sheriff of County Tyrone (1901), Justice of the Peace in County Fermanagh and County Tyrone and Deputy Lieutenant of County Fermanagh.

Castle Coole[edit]

The 5th Earl was in charge of the family's ancestral seat, Castle Coole, in County Fermanagh during the Second World War, when all country houses in the county were requisitioned by the armed forces because of the strategic importance of the flying-boat base on Lough Erne.

As Mark Bence-Jones explains, "Lord Belmore, an elderly and autocratic bachelor of elephantine build, tried to keep the military out of his own demesne of Castlecoole (sic), but it was discovered that the place was held originally by a Plantation grant which obliged the grantee to help with the defence of the country. So the authorities declared Castlecoole escheated, giving it back to Lord Belmore when the military left. The military did not, however, go into the house, where Lord Belmore lived on undisturbed. Living with Lord Belmore in that palatial classical mansion overlooking a lake inhabited by a flock of greylag geese were his rather sad bachelor brother and his four unmarried sisters, the Ladies Lowry-Corry, with whom he was not on speaking terms. When Lord Belmore first inherited Castlecoole there were eight unmarried sisters living with him there; since then one had married and three had died - one drowned in the lake and, according to legend, turned into a greylag goose. Lord Belmore and his brother and sisters had always occupied the same places in church, strung out in a line according to age; there were gaps where the deceased Ladies Lowry-Corry had been, for when they died the survivors had not closed ranks." [2]

Death[edit]

He died on 12 February 1948 aged 77 and was succeeded by his only surviving brother.

Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Somerset Lowry-Corry
Earl Belmore
1913–1948
Succeeded by
Cecil Lowry-Corry

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Corry [Lowry-Corry], Armar Lowry, Viscount Corry (CRY888AL)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ Mark Bence-Jones 'Twilight of the Ascendancy' Constable, London 1987