Henry Westenra, 3rd Baron Rossmore

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Rossmore, by the photographer Hill & Adamson.

Henry Robert Westenra, 3rd Baron Rossmore of Monaghan (24 August 1792 – 1 December 1860) was an Anglo-Irish Member of Parliament and peer, from 1843 to 1852 Lord Lieutenant of Monaghan.

Life[edit]

The son of Warner William Westenra, 2nd Baron Rossmore of Monaghan (1765–1842) by his marriage to Mary Ann Walsh, Henry Robert Westenra was born on 24 August 1792 at his mother's family seat, Walsh Park in County Tipperary. He was educated at Westminster School and Trinity College, Dublin, where he matriculated on 4 July 1810.[1][2] His portrait was painted the same year by John Ferneley (1782–1860), showing him with his dogs and carrying a shotgun.[3]

Westenra was Member of Parliament for County Monaghan from 1818 to 1830, again from 1831 to 1832 and from May to July 1834, and finally from 1835 to 1842. On 10 August 1842, on the death of his father, he succeeded to the titles of Baron Rossmore of Monaghan in the peerage of Ireland and Baron Rossmore of Monaghan in the peerage of the United Kingdom, the second title giving him a seat in the House of Lords. From 1843 to 1852 he was Lord Lieutenant of County Monaghan.[2]

A member of a family of individualists, Rossmore was a prolific letter-writer, and his surviving letters have been described as "voluminous, frequently vitriolic, and very instructive".[4]

He was also an accomplished player of the Irish pipes, and was considered to be the equal of a good professional piper.[3] In Twenty Years Recollections of an Irish Police Magistrate (1880), Frank Thorpe Porter[who?] recalled an evening when Rossmore

... played several pieces of exquisitely sweet music, interspersed with the most extraordinary imitations. In one, which was named The hare in the Corn, he produced sounds very much resembling the cry of the harriers, and other tones like the notes of a hunting horn, terminating with two or three simulated squeaks, supposed to indicate the capture of the hare.[3]

On 25 January 1820 he married firstly, at Edinburgh, to Anne Douglas-Hamilton (born c. 1796 – died 1844), daughter of the Duke of Hamilton and Brandon (1756–1799), and of Harriet Pye Bennett.[1][2] In right of this wife Rossmore inherited an estate on the Scottish Isle of Arran.[4]

On 19 May 1846, after the death of his first wife, Rossmore married secondly at Camla Vale, County Monaghan, his cousin Josephine Julia Helen (née Lloyd), with whom he had six children:

According to Rossmore's second son, the fifth baron, "My father's favourite amusements were yachting, shooting and fishing, and, oddly enough, playing the bagpipes, at which he excelled." He also reported that Rossmore had suffered from a very bad stammer.[3]

Death[edit]

Rossmore died on 1 December 1860 at his country house in County Monaghan, Rossmore Park, and was buried there on 7 December 1860.[1][2] The house was abandoned in the 1940s, fell into a ruin, and was demolished in 1975.[4]

His granddaughter Kathleen (1872–1955), married the 7th Duke of Newcastle in 1899 and was a dog breeder who influenced the Borzoi and Wire Fox Terrier breeds.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Charles Mosley, ed., Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition in 3 volumes, vol. 3 (Burke's Peerage Ltd, 2003), p. 3408
  2. ^ a b c d e G. E. Cokayne et al., eds., The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, vol. XI, p. 182
  3. ^ a b c d James O'Brien Moran, Lord Rossmore, a gentleman piper online at seanreidsociety.org. Retrieved 28 February 2011
  4. ^ a b c Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Rossmore Papers online at proni.gov.uk. Retrieved 28 February 2011
  5. ^ Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition, vol. 3, p. 3409
  6. ^ Treasures of the Kennel Club (London: The Kennel Club, 2000), pp. 69–70

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