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EXTRACT OF MATRICULATION. of the Arms of        

Sir  Hugh  Houghton  Stewart  of  Athenree,

 Baronet Sir Hugh Houghton Stewart of Athenree, Fourth Baronet in the Commission of the Peace & Deputy Lieutenant for County Tyrone, Brigadier-General (retired) & late Lieutenant Colonel and Honorary Colonel commanding 3rd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, having by Petition of date the twenty fifth day of January current, unto the Lord Lyon King of Arms, Represented that he was on the fifteenth day of September 1858, & is the eldest son of the late Sir John Marcus Stewart, 3rd Baronet, and his wife [married first December 1856] Annie Coote eldest daughter & co-heiress of George Powell Houghton of Kilmannock, County Wexford; that the said Sir John Marcus Stewart . born nineteenth November 1830, was the eldest son of Sir Hugh Stewart, 2nd Baronet, sometime Member of Parliament for County Tyrone, & his wife [married nineteenth January 1826] Julia daughter of Marcus M’Causland Gage of Bellarena, County Londonderry; that the said Sir Hugh Stewart, Baronet , born fourteenth May 1792, was the eldest son of Sir John Stewart, sometime Attorney General for Ireland, created 1st Baronet of Athenree on twenty first day of June 1803, & his wife Mary daughter of Mervyn Archdale, Esquire, of Castle Archdale; that the said Right Honourable Sir John Stewart, Baronet, born 1757, was the eldest son of the Reverend Hugh Stewart, Rector of Termon in County Tyrone, & his wife [married 1755] Sarah daughter of the Reverend Andrew Hamilton, Archdeacon of Raphoe that the said Reverend Hugh Stewart, born 1711, was the only surviving son of John Stewart of Gortigil, & his wife [married 1710] Mary daughter of Thomas Kennedy of Breigh in County Tyrone; that the said John Stewart of Gortigil, born 1681, was the eldest surviving son of Hugh Stewart of Gortigil, & his wife [married 1675] Margaret daughter of Thomas Morris, Esquire, of Mountjoy Castle; that the said Hugh Stewart of Gortigil was the second son but eldest with male issue of Captain Andrew Stewart of Gortigil, who in or about the year 1620, accompanied Andrew Stewart, 3rd Lord Ochiltree & 1st Lord Castlestewart, from Scotland and whose Kinsman he has always been accounted by family tradition; that the family of Stewart of Gortigil & Athenree has borne Arms from a period anterior to the year 1672, which arms were confirmed & amplified when registered in the office of Arms in Ireland on Twenty Eigth day of November 1808. And the said Petitioner having Prayed that the said Arms, with such difference as may seem proper, might be recorded in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland, the Lord Lyon King of Arms by Interlocutor of this date Granted Warrant to the Lyon Clerk to matriculate in the Public Register of All Arms & Bearings in Scotland in name of the Petitioner Sir Hugh Houghton Stewart of Athenree, Baronet, the following Ensigns Armorial, viz;- Quarterly, First, Or, a lion rampant Within a double tressure flory counter flory Gules, for Scotland; Second, Or, a fess chequy Azure & Argent in chief a portcullis Sable, for Stewart; Third, Argent, a saltire between four roses Gules barbed Vert, for Lennox; Fourth, Or, a lion rampant Gules for Fife, the whole within a bordure compony, Argent & Azure charged with three thistles proper. Above the shield is placed a helmet befitting his Degree with a Mantling Gules doubled Or, & on a Wreath of his Liveries is set for Crest a unicorn’s head couped Argent armed  & crined or between two olive branches proper; & in an Escrol over the same this Motto Forward. Matriculated the thirtieth day of January One thousand nine hundred & thirty five. Extracted furth of the Public Register of All Arms & Bearings in Scotland.

Reproduced with kind permission of Sir David Stewart, 7th Bart. of Athenree, Co. Tyrone.


Photographs reproduced with kind permission of Sir David Stewart, 7th Bart. of Athenree, Co. Tyrone.


Photographs of Ballygawley Park/House reproduced with kind permission of Kenneth Allen and lordbelmontinnorthernireland.blogspot.com/

Annie Coote Houghton, wife of Sir John Marcus Stewart, 3rd  Bart.

Rev. Hugh Stewart of Termon.

Sir John Stewart, 1st Bart.

Sir Hugh Stewart, 2nd Bart.

Sir John Marcus Stewart, 3rd Bart.

Sir Hugh Charlie Godfray Stewart, 6th Bart.

Sir David John Christopher Stewart, 7th Bart.

Ballygawley House 1914, former home of the Stewarts of Athenree.

Ballygawley House in ruin.