John McClintock (1770–1855)

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John McClintock

John McClintock (born Dublin, 14 August 1770 – 12 July 1855)[1][2] was an Irish magistrate for County Louth, and formerly Serjeant at Arms in the Irish House of Commons.

Early years[edit]

He was the eldest son of John 'Bumper Jack' McClintock, MP for Enniskillen and Belturbet in the Irish House of Commons who commissioned the building of this mansion at Drumcar House near Drumcar, northeast of Dunleer in 1777.[3] His mother was Patience, daughter of William Foster, esq. M.P. for the Co. Louth, and first-cousin to John Foster, 1st Baron Oriel. His paternal grandfather was Alexander McClintock (died May 1775).

In 1787, John McClintock enrolled at the University of Dublin (Trinity College), studying for three and a half years before attaining his degree of Bachelor of Arts.[3]


Though he had intended becoming a lawyer, McClintock was granted the office of Serjeant at Arms to the Irish House of Commons in 1794, aged 21, in conjunction with his younger brother, William Foster McClintock (died 1839).[3]

McClintock was present during the Kingsborough Trial.

McClintock served the office of High Sheriff of Louth in 1798. He was present in the same year at the Battles of Arklow and Vinegar Hill. At the general election in 1820, McClintock was returned to the Parliament for Athlone, but he resigned his seat in the same year. In 1830, he took the place of John Leslie Foster, and he was elected after a poll.[2]

His son, John McClintock, Major of the Louthshire militia, ran for the election to Parliament in 1841 representing County Louth, but was unsuccessful.[3]

Personal life[edit]

In February 1799, when his father Bumper Jack died aged 57, McClintock succeeded to run Drumcar House.

John married firstly Jane Bunbury on 11 July 1797, the only daughter of William Bunbury esq of Moyle. Jane was sister to Thomas Bunbury, MP for Co. Carlow. On 26 August 1798 Jane gave birth to a boy, John McClintock, 1st Baron Rathdonnell.[3] A second son, William McClintock-Bunbury, was born in September 1800. In early 1801, Jane was killed in a tragic horse accident.[3]

John married secondly on 15 April 1805, the Lady Elizabeth Le Poer Trench, third daughter of William Trench, 1st Earl of Clancarty. With Lady Elizabeth, John had five additional sons, Frederick William Pitt McClintock, Charles Alexander McClintock, Rev. Robert Le Poer McClintock, Henry Stanley McClintock (father of the Arctic explorer Francis Leopold McClintock who gave his name to the expanse McClintock Channel),[4] and George Augustus Jocelyn McClintock. There were also three daughters, Anne Florence, Harriet Elizabeth, and Emily Seliua Frances.[2]

He died in 1855 at Drumcar, survived by his second wife.


  1. ^ Burke, John; Ormerod, George (1977). A genealogical and heraldic history of the commoners of Great Britain and Ireland enjoying territorial possessions or high official rank, but uninvested with heritable honours. Genealogical Pub. Co. pp. 257–8. ISBN 978-0-8063-0742-8. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c The Gentleman's magazine and historical review. Bradbury, Evans. 1855. pp. 204–. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "McCLINTOCK OF DRUMCAR". Turtlebunbury. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Murphy, David (1 October 2004). The Arctic Fox: Francis Leopold McClintock. Dundurn Press Ltd. pp. 5–. ISBN 978-1-55002-523-1. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Gordon
Member of Parliament for Athlone
Succeeded by
David Ker
Preceded by
Alexander Dawson
John Leslie Foster
Member of Parliament for County Louth
With: Alexander Dawson
Succeeded by
Alexander Dawson
Richard Lalor Shiel