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De Freyne, Baron (UK, 1851)

 

Creation: let. pat. 5 Apr 1851

 

Family name: French

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Arms:

Ermine a Chevron Sable

Crest:

A Dolphin embowed proper

Supporters:

Dexter:  an Ancient Irish Warrior habited supporting with his dexter hand a Battle-axe head downwards and bearing on his sinister arm a Shield all proper;  Sinister:  a Female Figure vested proper and Scarf flowing Argent

Motto:

Malo Mori Quam Foedari (I should rather die than be dishonoured)

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Arthur [French], 1st Baron De Freyne

1st son and heir of Arthur French MP, of French Park, co. Roscommon, by his wife Margaret Costello, dau. of Edmond Costello, of Edmonstown, co. Mayo, by his wife Hon Mary Bermingham, 2nd dau. by his first wife of Francis [Bermingham], 21st Baron Athenry

born

c. 1786

mar.

1818 Mary McDermott (d. 7 Sep 1843), dau. of Christopher McDermott, of Cregga

died

s.p. 29 Sep 1856

created

16 May 1839 Baron De Freyne, of Artagh in the County of Roscommon

5 Apr 1851 Baron De Freyne, of Coolavin in the County of Sligo, with special remainder failing male heirs of his body to his brothers "John French, Clerk, Charles French, Esq., and Fitzstephen French, Esq." in like manner respectively

suc. by

brother

note

Member of Parliament (Whig) for co. Roscommon 1821-32; Lord Lieutenant of co. Roscommon 1854-56; on his death the 1839 Barony of De Freyne became extinct

 

Rev John [French], 2nd Baron De Freyne

born

1788

died

s.p. 22 Aug 1863

suc. by

brother

note

Rector of Grange Sylvae, co. Kilkenny

 

Charles [French], 3rd Baron De Freyne

born

22 Oct 1790

mar.

13 Feb 1851 (Roman Catholic) and 17 May 1854 (Church of Ireland) Catherine Maree, a peasant girl (b. c. 1827; d. 13 Oct 1900), dau. of Luke Maree

children

1. Hon Charles French JP, Member of Parliament for co. Roscommon 1873-80, Sheriff of co. Roscommon 1887 (b. 21 Oct 1851; d. 27 Oct 1925), mar. 1880 Constance Chichester, dau. of Lt Col Charles Raleigh Chichester, of Runnamoat, co. Roscommon, and had issue

2. Hon John French JP, of Miramar, Queenstown (Cobh), co. Cork, Resident Magistrate co. Kerry 1892-98 and co. Limerick 1898 (b. 13 Mar 1853; d. 23 May 1916), mar. 26 Jul 1877 Nannie Dillon (d. 3 Feb 1947), dau. of Valentine B Dillon, and had issue

3. Capt Hon William John French (b. 21 Apr 1854; d. 1928), mar. 10 Jul 1900 Mary Beirne (d. 1924), and had issue

4. Hon Arthur French, later 4th Baron De Freyne

5. Maj Hon Richard Patrick French, Hon Lt Col 5th Battalion Connaught Rangers (b. 30 Apr 1857; d. 19 Jun 1921)

6. Maj Hon Robert French, Hon Lt Col 2nd Battalion Gloucester Regiment (b. 22 Oct 1858; d. 27 Sep 1920), mar. 29 Jul 1885 Mary Cassandra Mair (mar. (2) 5 Feb 1921 Capt Cyril Richards, only son of Dr D T Richards JP), only dau. of Hugh Mair, of Phyllis Court, co. Oxford, and has issue

1. Hon Mary Josephine French (d. 20 Feb 1919), mar. 1 Sep 1880 Valentine Joseph Blake JP, of Cahir House, Loughglynn, Castlerea, co. Roscommon (b. 4 Oct 1842; d. 3 Oct 1912), 3rd son of Valentine O'Connor Blake, of Tower Hill, co. Mayo, by his wife Hon Margaret Mary ffrench, only dau. of Charles Austin [ffrench], 3rd Baron ffrench, and had issue

died

28 Oct 1868

suc. by

son

note

Sheriff of co. Roscommon 1853; the marriage ceremony of 1851 was held to be invalid under the laws of Ireland at the time - as a consequence his eldest son, Charles and his two immediately younger brothers were held to be illegitimate hence incapable of inheriting the title, which accordingly passed on their father's death to the fourth son

 

Arthur [French], 4th Baron De Freyne

born

9 Jul 1855

mar. (1)

8 Feb 1877 Lady Laura Octavia Dundas (b. 11 Oct 1855; raised to the rank of an Earl's daughter by Royal Warrant 1873;  d. 19 Jan 1881), sister of Laurence [Dundas], 1st Marquess of Zetland, and 3rd dau. of Hon John Charles Dundas, of Woodhall, Wetherby, co. York (by his wife Margaret Matilda Talbot, dau. of James Talbot, of Maryville, co. Wexford), 2nd son of Lawrence [Dundas], 1st Earl of Zetland

children by first wife

1. Hon Arthur Reginald French, later 5th Baron De Freyne

1. Hon Gwendolen Mary French (b. 18 May 1878; dvp. 17 May 1893)

mar. (2)

28 Sep 1882 Marie Georgiana Lamb (d. 20 Feb 1923), only dau. of Richard Westbrook Lamb, of West Denton, co. Northumberland, by his wife Georgiana Elizabeth Eaton, yst. dau. of Stephen Eaton, of Ketton Hall, co. Rutland

children by second wife

2. Hon Frances Charles French, later 6th Baron De Freyne

3. Capt Hon William Joseph French, High Sheriff of co. Roscommon 1915 (b. 5 Aug 1885; d. 4 Sep 1974), mar. 12 Apr 1920 Victoria Louise Bellasis (d. 1989), yst. dau. of William Dalglish Bellasis JP, and had issue

4. 2nd Lt Hon Edward Fulke French, electrical engineer (b. 13 Jul 1886; d. a POW 13 Nov 1918)

5. Hon Louis Richard French JP (b. 6 Sep 1888; d. 5 Feb 1952), mar. 27 Apr 1922 Margaret Eleanor Kirk (b. 1900; d. 1 Jun 1972), dau. of Capt Maurice Kirk, and had issue

6. Lieut Hon George Philip French (b. 7 Jan 1890; k. in action 9 May 1915)

7. Lieut Hon Ernest Aloysius French (b. 4 Jul 1894; d. of wounds received in action 16 Aug 1917)

8. Hon Hubert John French (b. 11 Mar 1896; d. 7 Dec 1961), mar. 19 Jan 1937 Mary Frances Hasslacher, 3rd dau. of Charles Hasslacher, of 3 Kensington Park Gardens, London, and had issue

9. Hon Bertram Leo French (b. 15 Feb 1900; d. 11 May 1941), mar. 18 Jan 1927 Maud Mary Dease (d. 17 Apr 1974), only dau. of Edmund Dease, of Levington Park, Mullingar, co. Westmeath, and had issue

2. Hon Lily Marie French (b. 4 Aug 1887; d. 4 Jun 1967)

3. Hon Muriel May French (b. 1 May 1891; d. 1980), mar. 7 Apr 1920 (div. 1947) Maj William Alexander Wilkinson MC

4. Hon Eileen Agnes French (b. 23 Dec 1892; d. 28 Dec 1971), mar. 19 Nov 1917 Maj John William Fitzherbert-Brockholes CBE MC JP, of Claughton Hall, co. Lancaster, Privy Chamberlain of Sword and Cape to Pope Pius XI (b. 23 May 1889; d. 21 Jul 1963), 1st surv. son and heir of William Joseph Fitzherbert-Brockholes CBE DL JP, of Claughton Hall, co. Lancaster, by his second wife Blanche Winifred Mary Clifford, 2nd dau. of Maj Gen Hon Sir Henry Hugh Clifford VC KCMG CB (by his wife Josephine Elizabeth Anstice, only child of Joseph Anstice, of Madeley Wood, co. Shropshire), 3rd son of Hugh Charles [Clifford], 7th Baron Clifford of Chudleigh, and had issue

died

22 Sep 1913

suc. by

son by first wife

 

Arthur Reginald [French], 5th Baron De Freyne

born

3 Jul 1879

mar.

18 Nov 1902 Annabel Angus (d. 1962), dau. of William Angus

died

killed in action s.p. 9 May 1915

suc. by

half-brother

 

Francis Charles [French], 6th Baron De Freyne DL

born

15 Jan 1884

mar.

28 Feb 1916 Lina Victoria Arnott (d. 25 Oct 1974), 3rd dau. of Sir John Alexander Arnott, 2nd Bt., by his wife Caroline Sydney Williams DBE, 1st dau. of Sir Frederick Martin Williams, 2nd Bt, of Tregullow, co. Cornwall

children

1. Hon Francis Arthur John French, later 7th Baron De Freyne

1. Hon Patricia Mary French (b. 3 Nov 1917), mar. 24 Mar 1941 Reginald Johnson (d. 29 Oct 1958), and has issue

2. Hon Jeanne Victoria French (b. 25 Jul 1919; d. 5 Nov 1960)

3. Hon Patience Veronica French (b. 11 Oct 1922; d. 4 Jan 1985), mar. 5 Jun 1952 Lt Cdr Arthur James Aitchison Rickards RN, only son of Cdr Arthur Scott Horace Pitt Rickards RNR, of Glenburn House, North Berwick, and had issue

4. Hon Faith Gabriel French (b. 28 Mar 1925; d. 21 Apr 1962), mar. 15 Jan 1951 Richard Archdale Morris (d. 18 Nov 1992), 1st son of Michael Archdale Morris, of Clonmore House, Pilltown, co. Kilkenny, and had issue

died

24 Dec 1935

suc. by

son

note

Deputy Lieutenant for co. Roscommon; High Sheriff of co. Roscommon 1912

 

Francis Arthur John [French], 7th Baron De Freyne

born

3 Sep 1927

mar. (1)

30 Jan 1954 (div. 1978) Shirley Ann Bradbury Pobjoy, only child of of Douglas Rudolph Pobjoy, of Box Farm House, Woodmancote, co. Gloucester

children by first wife

1. Hon (Fulke) Charles Arthur John French, later 8th Baron De Freyne

2. Hon Patrick Dominick Fitzstephen Jude French, of The Barn, Old Surrey Hall, East Grinstead, co. West Sussex, Freeman Worshipful Company pf Shipwrights (b. 27 Nov 1969), mar. 2004 Lucy Ann Bauch, 3rd dau. of John D Bauch, of Priors Corner, Barnet Lane, Totteridge, co. Middlesex, and has issue

1. Hon Vanessa Rose Bradbury French (b. 19 Sep 1958), mar. 6 Dec 1991 Richard Leslie Phillips, of Oak Farmhouse, Stradsett, co. Norfolk, 1st son of Leslie Phillips, and has issue

mar. (2)

18 Jul 1978 Sheelin Deirdre Stevenson (widow of William Walker Stevenson), yst. dau. of Lt Col Henry Kane O'Kelly DSO, of Co. Wicklow

died

24 Nov 2009

suc. by

son by first wife

note

Knight of Honour and Devotion, SMOM

 

(Fulke] Charles Arthur John [French], 8th Baron De Freyne

born

21 Apr 1957

mar.

12 Apr 1986 Julia Mary Wellard, only dau. of Dr James H Wellard, of Hampstead, London

children

1. Hon Alexander James Charles French (b. 22 Sep 1988)

2. Hon (William) Rory Francis French (b. 12 Mar 1991)

note

FRGS

 

 Last updated 28 Jul 2011

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Title:

8th Baron De Freyne, of Coolavin in the County of Sligo

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 5 Apr 1851)

 

Address:

14 Langside Avenue, London

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