Hugh McCalmont

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Sir Hugh McCalmont
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Sir Hugh McCalmont
Born 1845
Died 2 May 1924
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Major-General
Commands held 8th Division
Battles/wars Red River Rebellion
Third Anglo-Ashanti War
Russo-Turkish War
South African War
Second Anglo-Afghan War
Anglo-Egyptian War
Nile Expedition
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order

Major-General Sir Hugh McCalmont KCB CVO (1845 – 2 May 1924) was a British politician. He was elected as an Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament for North Antrim in 1895, resigning in 1899 by becoming Steward of the Manor of Northstead.


McCalmont was commissioned into the 6th Dragoon Guards in 1865.[1] He saw service in the Red River Rebellion in 1870, the Third Anglo-Ashanti War in 1873 and the Russo-Turkish War in 1877.[2] McCalmont also took part in the South African War in 1879, the Second Anglo-Afghan War in 1879 and the Anglo-Egyptian War in 1882 as well as the Nile Expedition in 1884.[2]

In 1884 he became aide-de-camp to General Wolseley.[3] He was elected as an Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament for North Antrim in 1895 but resigned in 1899 by becoming Steward of the Manor of Northstead.[4] He became General Officer Commanding 8th Division in Ireland in 1902.[5]

He lived at Abbeylands sited within the townland of White Abbey, which the village of Whiteabbey takes its name, near Belfast, County Antrim until it was burnt down in 1914 in a firebomb attack by Suffragette radicals.[6]


In 1885 he married the Hon. Rose Elizabeth Bingham, daughter of John Charles Robert Bingham, 4th Baron Clanmorris of Newbrook.[7]


  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 22983. p. 3152. 23 June 1865. Retrieved 2011-10-14.
  2. ^ a b The families of French of Belturbet and Nixon of Fermanagh, and their descendants by Henry Biddall Swanzy, p.15
  3. ^ C.E. Callwell (ed.), The Memoirs of Major-General Sir Hugh McCalmont (Hutchinson, London, 1924), pp. 47-48.
  4. ^ New Ulster Biography
  5. ^ Army Commands
  6. ^ Burning Outrage in Ireland The Mercury, 30 March 1914
  7. ^ The
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Cunningham Connor
Member of Parliament for North Antrim
Succeeded by
William Moore