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Castlemaine, Baron (I, 1812)


Creation: let. pat. 24 Dec 1812


Family name: Handcock




Ermine on a Chief Sable a Dexter Hand between two Cocks Argent armed crested and jelloped Gules


A Demi Lion rampant Azure holding a Lozenge Argent charged with a Cock Gules


Dexter:  a Lion guardant Azure;  Sinister:  a Cock proper


Vigilante et Orate (Watch and pray)



William [Handcock], 1st Baron Castlemaine later 1st Viscount Castlemaine, PC

1st son of Very Rev Richard Handcock, of Twyford, co. Westmeath, Dean of Achonry, by his wife Sarah Toler, dau. and hrss. of Richard Toler, of Ballitnore, co. Kildare


28 Aug 1761


20 Mar 1787 Lady Florinda Trench (b. 3 Aug 1766; d. 9 Feb 1851), 1st dau. of William Power Keating [Trench], 1st Earl of Clancarty, by his wife Ann Gardiner, 1st dau. of Rt Hon Charles Gardiner, of Dublin


s.p. 7 Jan 1839


24 Dec 1812 Baron Castlemaine, of Moydrum in the County of Westmeath, with remainder failing heirs male of his body to his brother, Richard Handcock

12 Jan 1822 Viscount Castlemaine

suc. by



Member of Parliament for Athlone 1783-1803; Privy Councillor [I] 1801; Constable and Governor of Athlone 1813-39; a Governor of co. Westmeath 1814-31; on his death the Viscountcy of Castlemaine became extinct


Richard [Handcock], 2nd Baron Castlemaine


14 May 1767


13 Nov 1790 Anne French (d. 4 Nov 1852), 3rd dau. of Arthur French, of French Park, co. Roscommon, by his wife Alice Magennis, dau. of Richard Magennis, of Dublin


1. Hon Richard Handcock, later 3rd Baron Castlemaine

2. William Handcock, Ensign 11th Foot (dvp. by drowning 1811)

3. Hon Arthur Handcock B. 5 Apr 1796; d. 27 Jul 1826), mar. 13 Apr 1817 Margaret Downing (mar. (2) 1 Feb 1837 Admiral Hon William Le Poer Trench; d. 4 Mar 1885), dau. of Dawson Downing, of Rosegift, co. Londonderry, and had issue

4. Rev Hon John Gustavus Handcock, Rector of Annaduff, co. Leitrim (b. 1799; d. 2 Mar 1838), mar. 13 Nov 1827 Frances Flood Jessop (d. 27 Nov 1848), dau. of John Harward Jessop, of Doory Hall, co. Longford, and had issue

5. Hon George Handcock (b. 1801; d. 20 Oct 1867), mar. 16 Feb 1833 Elizabeth Alicia French (d. 1 Apr 1890), dau. of Robert Henry French, of Dublin, by his wife Charlotte Reynell, dau. of John Reynell, of Castle Reynell, co. Westmeath, and had issue

6. Lt Col Hon Henry Robert Handcock (dsp. at the Battle of Sebastopol 8 Sep 1855), mar. 15 May 1854 Ellen Georgina Williams (mar. (2) 31 Aug 1859 Col Richard Wellesley Bernard; d. 28 Jan 1907)

7. Hon Charles Handcock, of Creaghduff, co. Athlone, barrister-at-law (b. 31 Jan 1808; d. 13 Feb 1879), mar. 25 Apr 1845 his second cousin Elizabeth Kelly (d. 26 Jun 1878), dau. of Daniel Kelly, of Cargina, co. Roscommon, by his wife Mary French, sister of Charles [French], 3rd Baron De Freyne, and 1st dau. of Arthur French MP, of French Park, co. Roscommon, and had issue

8. Lt Col Hon Robert French Handcock (d. 3 Dec 1871), mar. 11 Apr 1848 Isabella Louisa Gordon (d. 19 Apr 1898), only dau. of James Gordon, and had issue

1. Alicia Handcock (d. 13 Aug 1828), mar. 27 Apr 1813 Richard Boyle Bagley, and had issue

2. Hon Sarah Handcock (b. c. 1800; d. 17 May 1885), mar. 4 Nov 1817 Maj Gen Christopher Hamilton CB (d. 14 Dec 1842), and had issue

3. Hon Anne Handcock (d. 1 Mar 1878), mar. (1) 14 Oct 1830 Col Sempronius Stretton CB (d. 5 Feb 1842), and (2) 1 Oct 1846 Col St John Gore Browne (d. 19 May 1861)


18 Apr 1840 (bur. at Athlone, co. Westmeath)

suc. by



Member of Parliament (Tory) for Athlone 1800


Richard [Handcock], 3rd Baron Castlemaine


17 Nov 1791


17 Apr 1822 Margaret Harris (d. 27 Jan 1867), 2nd dau. of Michael Harris, of Dublin, by his wife Mary Bryan, dau. of Patrick Bryan, of Ballina Park, co. Wexford


1. Hon Richard Handcock, later 4th Baron Castlemaine

2. Hon Robert John Handcock (b. 19 Sep 1830; d. 10 Apr 1902), mar. 10 Jan 1856 Caroline Emily Louisa Pester (d. 1922), dau. of Gen Henry Pester, and had issue:

1a. Richard Henry Handcock (b. 9 Jul 1858; d. 1 Nov 1891), mar. 9 Feb 1886 Katherine Eleanora Palmer (d. 1936), dau. of Ven Arthur Palmer, Archdeacon of Toronto, and had issue:

1b. Kathleen Margaret Victoria Handcock (d. 1914), mar. 4 Jan 1912 Edward Otto Reis, Commissioner of the Chinese Maritime Customs Service, 1st son of Adolph Reis, of Shanghai, China

2b. Dorothy Madeline Handcock

3b. Iris Eleanora Caroline Handcock (d. 7 Oct 1917)

4b. Florence Guy Handcock, mar. 4 Oct 1924 (div. 1941) Reginald John Foort, 1st son of R C Foort, of Rugby, co. Warwick, and had issue

2a. Robert John Handcock (b. 19 Sep 1860; d. 26 Sep 1951)), mar. 1903 Eleanor Annie Esther Staveley (d. 29 Oct 1963), 1st dau. of Jones Hodder Staveley, barrister-at-law, of Glanduff Castle, Charleville, co. Cork, and had issue:

1b. John Michael Schomberg Staveley Handcock, later 7th Baron Castlemaine

1b. Leonie Caroline Esther Handcock (b. 30 Nov 1905), mar. 9 Mar 1931 as his second wife Thomas MacGregor Greer JP DL, of Tullylagan Manor, co. Tyrone (d. 9 Jun 1941), son of Thomas Greer MP, of Sea Park, co. Antrim, and Grove House, Regent's Park, London

3a. Henry Handcock (b. 26 Jun 1869; d. 17 Jun 1917), mar. 26 Sep 1892 Charlotte Cole (d. 22 Jun 1922), dau. of Richard Cole, and had issue

1a. Margaret Georgina Handcock

2a. Caroline Florinda Evelyn Handcock

3a. Emily Annette Handcock, mar. 5 Oct 1896 Percy Wright, and had issue

4a. Alexandra Louisa Handcock, mar. 13 Dec 1892 John Minchin Carden (d. Jan 1912), son of Col William Joseph Carden, and had issue

5a. Edith Anne Ernestine Handcock (d. 12 May 1909), mar. 6 Feb 1900 Lt Col Herbert Stoney Smith DSO (d. in action 22 Oct 1915), son of Arthur Smith, of Hempstead, and had issue

6a. Georgina Ethel Handcock (d. 8 Jun 1912)

7a. Sydney Handcock

3. Capt Hon Henry Handcock (b. 2 Aug 1834 ; dvp. in India in a tiger hunt 1858)

1. Hon Florinda Handcock (dsp. 26 Apr 1906), mar. 25 Jul 1854 Samuel Stephen Bateson (dsp. 9 Mar 1879), 2nd son of Sir Robert Bateson, 1st Bt.

2. Hon Annetta Handcock (b. 16 Apr 1828; dspm. 10 Nov 1888), mar. 2 Feb 1858 James Alfred [Caulfeild], 7th Viscount Charlemont, and had issue


4 Jul 1869

suc. by



Member of Parliament (Tory) for Athlone 1826-32; a Representative Peer for Ireland 1841-69


Richard [Handcock], 4th Baron Castlemaine


25 Jul 1826


10 Feb 1857 Hon Louisa Matilda Harris (b. 10 Feb 1836; d. 31 Jan 1892), 1st dau. of William George [Harris], 2nd Baron Harris, by his second wife Isabella Helena Temple, only child of Robert Handcock Temple, of Waterstown, co. Westmeath


1. Richard Temple Handcock (b. 26 Nov 1859; dvp. 12 Apr 1860)

2. Hon Albert Edward Handcock, later 5th Baron Castlemaine

3. Hon Robert Arthur Handcock, later 6th Baron Castlemaine

1. Hon Agnes Isabella Handcock (d. 4 Jan 1908), mar. 5 Feb 1885 Capt Conway Richard Dobbs Higginson, son of Sir James Higginson KCB, and had issue

2. Hon Florence Margaret Handcock (d. 1 Apr 1934), mar. 14 Jan 1886 Hubert John Broughton later Broughton-Adderley, of Barlaston Hall, co. Stafford, and Coton Hall, Sudbury, co. Derby (b. 16 Aug 1860; d. 9 Apr 1931), 1st son of Capt John Lambart Broughton, of Tunstall Hall, co. Stafford, by his wife Anne Selina Adderley, yst. dau. of Ralph Adderley, of Barlaston Hall, co. Stafford, and Coton Hall, co. Derby, and had issue

3. Hon Edith Louisa Handcock (b. 1 Sep 1885; dspms. 4 Jan 1936; bur. at All Souls' Church, South Ascot, co. Berkshire), mar. 10 Oct 1891 Hercules Arthur Temple [Robinson], 2nd Baron Rosmead, and had issue

4. Hon Meta Handcock (d. 1 Mar 1937), mar. 30 Jun 1891 David Knox Ruttledge, of Barbersfort, co. Galway

5. Hon Alice Handcock (d. 26 Feb 1937), mar. 12 Oct 1892 Col Meade James Crosbie Dennis CB, of Fort Granite, co. Wicklow (d. 27 Oct 1945), and had issue


26 Apr 1892

suc. by



Capt, 41st Regiment of Foot 1852; a Representative Peer for Ireland (Conservative) 1874-92; Lord Lieutenant of co. Westmeath 1888-92


Albert Edward [Handcock], 5th Baron Castlemaine


26 Mar 1863


25 Sep 1895 Annie Evelyn Barrington (b. 17 Apr 1873; d. 14 Nov 1955), only dau. of Col Joseph Thomas Barrington, of Charlton, co. Kent, by his wife Emma Evans, dau. of Thomas Evans, of Glamorgan

only child

1. Hon Evelyn Constance Handcock (b. 3 Dec 1897; d. 19...), mar. 19 May 1925 Lt Gen Sir Charles Henry Gairdner KCMG CB CBE, Governor of Western Australia 1951-63, 1st son of Charles Arthur Gairdner, of Lisbeg House, co. Galway


s.p.m. 6 Jul 1937

suc. by



a Representative Peer for Ireland (Conservative) 1898-1937; Lord Lieutenant of co. Westmeath 1899-1937


Robert Arthur [Handcock], 6th Baron Castlemaine


19 Apr 1864


16 Jan 1894 Ethel Violet Bainbridge (d. 13 Jul 1934), only dau. of Col Sir Edmond Bainbridge KCB, of Sheringham, co. Norfolk


1. Richard Edmond Guy Handcock (b. 21 Jul 1896; dvp. 11 Nov 1909)

1. Hon Violet Louisa Handcock (b. 26 May 1895 ; d. 19...), mar. 12 Feb 1919 (div. 1930) as his first wife Maj Charles Moorhouse Duncan MC, only son of Col T A Duncan, of Cullen, Banff, and had issue


s.p.m.s. 31 May 1954

suc. by

cousin once removed


John Michael Schomberg Staveley [Handcock], 7th Baron Castlemaine


10 Mar 1904


8 Oct 1930 Rebecca Ellen Soady (d. 25 Jan 1978), only dau. of William Thomas Soady, RN


1. Hon Roland Thomas John Handcock, later 8th Baron Castlemaine

1. Hon Eileen Esther Handcock (b. 14 Nov 1931), mar. 12 Oct 1959 F/Lt Thomas Frank Adams RAF, son of Joseph Adams, of Wolverhampton, and has issue

2. Hon Edith Deidre Handcock (b. 20 Aug 1936), mar. (1) 21 Dec 1957 (div. 1974) Keith Moss BEM, 1st son of Eric G Moss, of Ludgershall, co. Hampshire, and (2) 1976 Terence Hook, and has issue by her first husband


31 Jul 1973

suc. by



Roland Thomas John [Handcock], 8th Baron Castlemaine, MBE


22 Apr 1943

mar. (1)

27 Oct 1969 (div. 19...) Pauline Anne Bainbridge, 1st dau. of John Taylor Bainbridge, of The Moat House, Birstow, co. Surrey

mar. (2)

1988 Lynne Christine Gurney, 1st dau. of Maj Justin Michael Gurney

only child by second wife

1. Hon Ronan Michael Edward Handcock (b. 27 Mar 1989)


commanded Parachute Regiment 1964; Lt Col, Army Air Corps 1971-92; MBE 1981


Last updated 17 Jan 2012




8th Baron Castlemaine, of Moydrum in the County of Westmeath

(Ireland, let. pat. 24 Dec 1812)



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