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.

Career[edit]

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]

Family[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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 Peerage.com
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Cunningham Connor
Member of Parliament for North Antrim
1895–1899
Succeeded by
William Moore