|Allen of Lisconnan|
Lisconnan House, Dervock, Co. Antrim
The house, of cream-washed roughcast, is an irregular H-shaped block, with a seven bay two storey entrance front forming one side of the H, the oldest part containing the staircase forming the cross-range and the service wing forming the other main range. The present building replaces a 17th century house.
|Lisconan House: a 19th century drawing of the house before the second storey was added to the right-hand part of the house.|
The entrance front seems all to date from around 1820, but originally consisted of a four bay two-storey part with a lower three-bay wing; the single-storey part was raised to match the rest in 1886 and the central porch, with a very wide plain segmental fanlight, was added about 1900. These additions were, however, so well done that the facade looks all of one date now. Inside, there are a well-proportioned hall, drawing room, and dining room, and a charming room upstairs with a coved ceiling; the detailing is generally good, with reeded doorcases, shutters and dummy doors. The Venetian window on the first floor over the porch is better detailed inside than out.
|Lisconnan House: a mid 20th century watercolour by Sheila Allen. Image: S.J.A. Allen.|
Descent: Francis Andrews (d. 1774); to mother (d. 1780) and then George Gamble (fl. 1784) who sold 1788 to Samuel Allen (c.1742-1820); to son, Dr. Samuel Allen (1778-1835); to son, Henry Ellis Allen (1808-74); to son, Samuel Allen (1842-1919); to son, Samuel Allen (1891-1942), who sold c.1932 to James Young (d. 1955), for whom the estate was managed by Lt. Col. Henry Adair Allen (1893-1977); sold after 1955.
Allen family of Lisconnan House
Allen, Samuel (c.1742-1820), of Lisconnan. Parentage unknown; born 1742. He is said to have come to Larne as a young man from Ayrshire. He became a successful linen merchant, who built a bleach mill at Millbrook in 1776. He was High Sheriff of Co. Antrim in 1790, and is said to have fought against the United Irishmen at the Battle of Antrim in 1798. He married, 1774, Frances, daughter of James Higginson of Lisburn (Antrim) and had, among other issue:
(1) Dr. Samuel Allen MD (1778-1835) (q.v.).
He lived at Allensbrook, Larne (Antrim) and Bellisle, Dervock before purchasing the Lisconnan estate in 1788.
He died 4 May 1820.
|Dr. Samuel Allen (1778-1835)|
(1) Anne Allen (1805-90); married Edmund Alexander Douglas (d. 1846), son of Rev. Charles Douglas, and had issue four sons and one daughter; died 23 February 1890; will proved at Belfast, 27 August 1890 (effects £370);
(2) Samuel Allen; educated at Trinity College, Dublin (admitted 1817); made a tour of Palestine in 1826; British consul in Paris, where he died;
(3) Henry Ellis Allen (1808-74) (q.v.);
(4) Conway James Allen (1812-49);
(5) George Allen (1816-98); of Geelong (Australia);
(6) Thomas Allen (1819-49);
(7) Ellen Allen; died unmarried;
(8) Amelia Allen; died unmarried;
(9) Jane Allen; died unmarried;
(10) Frances Allen (1823-97); married, 4 December 1849, Rev. Charles Edward Dighton, vicar of Maisemore (Glos) and had issue; died 28 March 1897.
He inherited Lisconnan House from his father in 1820.
He died 9 October 1835.
Allen, Henry Ellis (1808-74), of Lisconnan. Eldest son of Dr. Samuel Allen MD (1778-1835) of Lisconnan and his wife Millicent Mary, daughter of Ven. Conway Benning, Archdeacon of Dromore, born 25 February 1808. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin (admitted 1825). Linen merchant with a mill as Liscolman. Contributed to the building of a Catholic church in Dervock. He married, 8 February 1840, Jane, daughter of John Rogan of Kilkenny, and had issue:
(1) Samuel Allen (1842-1919) (q.v.);
(2) Marcus Allen (1843-1909); surgeon in Royal Artillery;
(3) Henry Allen (1845-1900); civil engineer; went to Canada;
(4) Col. George Burgess Allen (1846-1913), Royal Artillery; died at San Remo (Italy), 26 February 1913; will proved 2 July 1913 (estate in UK £414).
He inherited Lisconnan House from his father in 1835.
He died 6 November 1874; his will was proved 4 March 1875 (estate under £7,000).
Allen, Samuel (1842-1919), of Lisconnan. Eldest son of Henry Ellis Allen (1808-74) of Lisconnan and his wife Jane, daughter of John Rogan of Kilkenny, born 22 July 1842. Educated at Middle Temple (admitted 1863) and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (admitted 1866; BA 1869; MA 1872; LLD 1885). Barrister-at-law in Dublin. He divided his time between his legal practice and farming at Lisconnan, and was JP and DL for Co. Antrim; High Sheriff of Co. Antrim, 1886. He married, 15 January 1890, Florence Mary (c.1860-1927), daughter of Gen. Sir Charles William Adair KCB RM (d. 1897), of Southsea [see Adair of Loughanmore], and had issue:
(1) twin, Samuel Allen (1891-1942) (q.v.);
(2) twin, Marjorie Allen (1891-1962), born 5 June 1891; died unmarried, 29 May 1962;
(2) Lt-Col. Henry Adair Allen (1893-1977) (q.v.);
(3) Cmdr. Conway Benning Allen (b. 1896), born 25 September 1896; educated at Royal Naval Colleges, Osborne and Dartmouth; served in Royal Navy, including WW1 and WW2 (retired 1945); DSO 1943; married, 4 November 1927, Marjorie, daughter of James Brough Warren of Rathfarnham (Dublin) and had issue a daughter.
He inherited Lisconnan House from his father in 1874 and extended it in 1886 and c.1900.
He died 1 July 1919; his will was proved 25 October 1919.
|Capt. Samuel Allen (1891-1942)|
He inherited Lisconnan from his father in 1919 but sold it in the early 1930s to James Young of Fenaghy House, Cullymacky (Co. Antrim), whose daughter subsequently married his brother.
He died unmarried and without issue, 2 November 1942 and was buried at Derrykeighan, where he is commemorated by a monument.
|Lt-Col. Henry Adair Allen|
(1) Samuel James Adair Allen (b. 1938), born 2 April 1938; educated at Shrewsbury School; served in Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 1957-59; had a business career in India, Trinidad, Brazil and Ireland, culminating in 19 years as Secretary-General of British Chamber of Commerce for Brazil, 1975-94; married, 12 January 1965, Maria Rita Ribeiro of Indianopolis, Sao Paulo (Brazil) and had issue one son (Samuel (b. 1968)) and one daughter (Esther (b. 1965)).
He lived at Lisconnan House and managed the property on behalf of his father-in-law until 1955, when it was sold on the death of James Young. He lived subsequently in Ballycastle.
He died in September 1977. His widow died in March 1986.
Burke's Irish Family Records, 1976, p.16; H.B. Swanzy, The families of French of Belturbet and Nixon of Fermanagh, 1908, p. 198; C.E.B. Brett, The buildings of County Antrim, 1996, p. 165;
Location of archives
Allen family of Lisconnan: family history, c.1920; estate papers, 19th-20th cents [Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, T690, D396]
Coat of arms
Argent, two chevronels azure on a chief indented azure a bezant between two escallops or.