Sunday 16 August 2015

(180) Armstrong of County Offaly and Nancealverne

Armstrong of Ballycumber
This post concerns the four related families of Armstrong of Ballycumber; Armstrong of Gallen Priory; Armstrong of Garry Castle and Castle Iver; and Armstrong of Nancealverne. The family is also said to be related to the Armstrongs of Kippure Park (Wicklow) but the connection, if there is one, has not been traced. The Irish seats of this family were mostly in Co. Offaly, or King's County as it was known until the partition of Ireland (the modern name is used throughout below). All their houses were fairly small, but the existence of several different branches of the family over a long period, and their notable tendency to produce sons, made them a force to be reckoned with in Offaly out of all proportion to their wealth and status.

It is said that the family of Armstrong came originally from Mangerton in Liddesdale in the Scottish borders, and that the first of the family to move to Ireland was William Armstrong, who participated in the settlement of Ulster during the reign of King James VI and I. He was followed to Ireland by his nephew Andrew Armstrong (c.1576-1671), who was the progenitor of all the families discussed below. The Armstrongs of Gallen Priory descended from the eldest son of his second marriage; the Armstrongs of Ballycumber from the second son of that marriage; and the Armstrongs of Garry Castle and Castle Iver from the younger son of his third marriage. The Armstrongs of Nancealverne descended from a cadet branch of the Armstrongs of Ballycumber in the 19th century.  The longevity and vigour of some of the early generations of the family were remarkable: Andrew Armstrong himself died at the age of 95 and sired his youngest son, Archibald Armstrong, at the age of 79; and Archibald in turn lived to the age of 92. There cannot be many families in which two generations span 171 years!

Edmund Armstrong (fl. 1638-73), who settled at Stonestown (Kildare), was the eldest son of Andrew Armstrong's second marriage. He was probably born in about 1618, and was thus of the generation which was most closely involved in the fighting of the Civil War, being himself taken prisoner at the second Battle of Worcester in 1651. Many of his eight sons grew up against the backdrop of war and it is hardly surprising therefore that most of them became soldiers in turn, three reaching the rank of Colonel. One, Lt-Col. Charles Armstrong (c.1646-c.1731) bought an estate in Kildare and built Mount Armstrong there in the early 18th century; another, Capt. Thomas Armstrong (1661-1748), bought a house at Ampthill (Beds) after he retired from the army, and married into the Thompson family who were closely connected with the Alston family and  Annesley, Earls of Anglesey about whom I have written previously. Edmund's property at Stonestown passed, however, to his eldest son, William Armstrong (c.1638-1717/18), who married into the ancient Irish family of Coghlan. It would appear that through his marriage he acquired the Gallen estate in Offaly, which had been vested in the Coghlans since the dissolution of the monasteries.

William's son, Edmund Gallen (d. 1745), was fortunate enough to inherit not only the Gallen estate but also the Kildare properties and fortunes of two of his uncles, and this access of wealth seems to have given him the resources to build a new house at Gallen some time in the 1720s or 1730s. His son, Andrew Armstrong (1730-c.1786), who sired no less than six sons and nine daughters, left the estate to his eldest son, Edmund Armstrong (1754-1827), who was of a more academic bent than most of his family. He became a barrister and stood as a candidate for Parliament on one occasion, albeit unsuccessfully. Two of his younger sons fought in the Peninsula Wars, where one died and the other distinguished himself so much that he was knighted on his return to Ireland, although he died shortly afterwards while a mature student at Cambridge.  Edmund's eldest son, Andrew Armstrong (1785-1863), obtained the lucrative post of Receiver-General of Stamp Duties in Ireland and when this office was abolished as part of civil service reforms in 1841 he was made a baronet in compensation, and he was elected as MP for Offaly in the same year. His youngest son, Charles Nesbitt Frederic Armstrong (1858-1948), was briefly the husband of the great Australian opera singer, Dame Nellie Melba, although they were separated in 1884. Charles and his father, incidentally, between them lived for 163 years, which is a record almost to rival that of the first Andrew and his son Archibald.

The Gallen estate passed, however, to Sir Andrew's eldest son, the Rev. Sir Edmund Frederick Armstrong (1836-99), 2nd bt., who was a clergyman in Co. Leix for over twenty years, although he seems to have lived at Gallen after retiring in 1887. When the position of Anglo-Irish landowners deteriorated in the early 20th century, his son, Sir Andrew Harvey Armstrong (1866-1922), 3rd bt. joined the exodus from Ireland. In 1912 Gallen was leased to a convent, and Sir Andrew divided his time between England and the antipodes; he died in 1922 while on a fishing trip to New Zealand, and his younger brother, the 4th bt., who was a seaman in Australia, promptly sold the freehold of Gallen to the convent. The baronetcy still survives, and is now held by the descendants of a younger son of the 1st baronet.

The second son of the second marriage of Andrew Armstrong (c.1576-1671) was Thomas Armstrong (d. 1690), who like his elder brother was taken prisoner at the second Battle of Worcester in 1651. Once he regained his liberty he returned to Ireland and settled at Banagher (Offaly), where he was several times mayor. In the turbulent months of 1689-90 he was several times attacked by Irish Catholic forces, and eventually decided he needed to move his household to a place of greater safety with the garrison at Mullingar (Westmeath). Setting out to get there, however, he was caught on the road by some of the MacGeoghegan's soldiers, and in the ensuing fracas, he was shot in the thigh. Although the wound was dressed promptly, septicemia set in and he died shortly afterwards.  

His eldest surviving son was Andrew Armstrong (1669-1717/8), who acquired the Ballycumber estate from the Coghlans in about 1700. His sons were mostly military engineers, and the youngest, John Armstrong (1706-58) was stationed for some years at Minorca, of which he published the first history in any language in 1752. Ballycumber passed, however, to Andrew's eldest son, Warneford Armstrong (1699-1767), who was no doubt responsible for rebuilding the old Coghlan castle there as the present handsome five-bay house. True to Armstrong form, he had a large family (14 children that I have traced, by three wives), and it may have been with thoughts of providing for the nine sons among them that he invested in further property, acquiring Clara House and apparently also (on lease) Pallas House (Galway). The eldest son, Andrew Armstrong (1727-1802) inherited Clara House, which passed in turn to his son and grandson before being sold after the latter's death in 1834. Ballycumber passed to George Armstrong (1734-80), who may have been the next eldest son to survive his father, and who married a daughter of his distant cousins at Gallen Priory. He apparently sold it before his early death, but it was bought back by his son Andrew George Armstrong (1773-1821) when he retired from the army. His brother and heir was John Warneford Armstrong (1770-1858), who as a young army officer certainly held atheist, and may have held republican, opinions. In due course he was cautiously approached by the Sheares brothers to join the United Irishmen ahead of the planned 1798 uprising, but he secretly reported all his conversations with them to his superior officers, and after they were arrested he was the chief and most damaging witness at their trial. Irish independence activists took a dim view of what they saw as his treachery, and held him responsible for the execution of the Sheares brothers, and for many years his life was so threatened in Ireland that he was obliged to live abroad. By the 1830s, he had returned to Ballycumber, and he lived there until his death in 1858, when the house passed to his younger daughter, Anne Frances (1817-78) and her husband, William Bigoe Buchanan. It seems to have been sold after her death.

The eldest son of Warneford Armstrong (1699-1767) and his third wife was John Armstrong (1761-1835). He was a Major in the 5th Dragoon Guards and retired to a house called Priestlands at Lymington (Hants). He had a sickly younger son, William, who on the advice of his doctors was sent at the age of about eleven to live in Penzance (Cornwall) and indeed died there in 1832.  It seems likely that it was while visiting William that his brother, Rev. John Armstrong (1810-62) first met his future wife, Mary Anne, the daughter of Col. John Scobell of Nancealverne, a villa on the edge of Penzance. Mary Anne, who survived until 1900, inherited Nancealverne from her brother in 1883, and the house remains the property of her descendants, having passed in turn to her son, John Scobell Armstrong (1842-1929), grandson, John Warneford Scobell Armstrong (1877-1960), who was a County Court judge in Plymouth and Cornwall, and great-grandson, John Hamilton Scobell Armstrong (1927-2001). All of these later generations have displayed literary and academic tastes, and the last-named was a schoolmaster at Eton and a literary critic.

The fourth branch of the family was the most complex. As we have seen, Archibald Armstrong (1655-1747) was the youngest son of Andrew Armstrong (c.1576-1671). In the family tradition, his sons pursued military careers (and one of his grandsons was the Chief Royal Engineer, General John Armstrong), but over several generations various members of the family bought, married into, or inherited estates and small country houses.
General John Armstrong with the Duke of Marlborough,
discussing the siege of Bouchain. Attrib. to Enoch Seeman.
youngest son, Thomas Armstrong (d. 1750), acquired the Ballylin (Offaly) estate, although nothing is known about the house that stood there at this time (and which seems to have been rebuilt in the later 18th century, perhaps for the King family). Andrew Armstrong (c.1723-89), a grandson of Archibald, inherited Castle Armstrong from his first cousin once removed, Lt-Col. Charles Armstrong (c.1646-1731), and passed it to his son, Thomas Armstrong (1765-c.1802), who let the estate from about 1792 onwards. When he died his children were left as orphans, and the Court of Chancery directed that Castle Armstrong should continue to be let to provide an income for their support. Despite this provision, only one of the daughters survived to maturity, and she and her husband sold the estate in 1823, albeit to a distant Armstrong relative.

Archibald Armstrong's fourth son, Andrew Armstrong, was for a time Comptroller of the household of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and perhaps from the profits of that office acquired the Garry Castle estate in the early 18th century. One of his younger sons, Edmund Armstrong (1735-97) was a courtier in London and bought Forty Hall at Enfield on the outskirts of the capital, but it was sold again after his death. Andrew's heir was his namesake, Andrew Armstrong (1732-92?), who is said to have been wounded at the Battle of Louisberg (Canada) in 1758 and to have retired from the army on a pension as a result. He was perhaps responsible for building the small 18th century house among the ruins of the medieval Garry Castle, but this was little if anything more than a farmhouse and can never have accommodated his fourteen children. Nonetheless, it was apparently not until the early 19th century that his heir, Thomas St. George Armstrong (1765-1844), built the house known as the Garden House at Garry Castle, which for the first time provided a country house on the Garry Castle estate. His first and third sons, Carteret Andrew Armstrong (1797-1869) and William Bigoe Armstrong (1800-66), seem to have lived at Garry Castle, perhaps each holding one of the two houses there. Carteret was childless, and left the estate to William Bigoe Armstrong's eldest son, who was tactfully named Carteret Andrew Armstrong (1838-93). The second and fourth sons, Thomas St George Armstrong (1797-1875) and John Priaulx Armstrong (1802-79), were sent out to Argentina in 1817 to establish a merchant and banking house in Buenos Aires. John eventually returned, married one of his Priaulx cousins from Guernsey, and settled at Beachy House on that island. Thomas, however, remained in Argentina, where he displayed enormous commercial acumen and made a fortune from trading, banking, railway development and urban property. He remained a Protestant but married a Catholic, and partly as a result, found himself a trusted emissary between the British and Argentine governments over many years; something that the resulted in the offer (which he rejected) of a knighthood. He invested his wealth in Argentine estates, the greatest of which was the magnificent estancia Santo Tomas at Santa Fe. At his death he left large charitable bequests in Argentina, and divided his estates between his children. His youngest son, a third Thomas St. George Armstrong (b. 1846), married a Portuguese noblewoman and was in the service of the Portuguese state in Argentina for much of his life. In 1890, however, he bought the Garry Castle estate from his cousin, Carteret Andrew Armstrong (1838-93), perhaps just to keep it in the family. The estate was presumably sold after his death (which I have not been able to trace), as his only daughter was married to a French count on diplomatic service in Buenos Aires and had no personal links with Ireland at all.

The fourth son of Andrew Armstrong (1732-92?) was William Bigoe Armstrong (b. 1768), who seems to have inherited the Castle Iver estate from a distant kinsman. He served as County Treasurer for Offaly, and was followed in both this office and the Castle Iver estate by his son, James Ferrier Armstrong (c.1801-66) and grandson, William Bigoe Armstrong (1839-90), but the estate was sold by order of the Court of Chancery in 1885, no doubt to settle the debts which this branch of the family had accumulated.

None of the many Irish estates owned by the Armstrongs in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries therefore now remains in family hands, and their English property, Nancealverne, is now let as holiday accommodation and is not currently occupied by the family.

Ballycumber House, Offaly

Ballycumber House

A five-bay house of two storeys, to all appearances of the 1730s or 1740s. The present house replaces a castle built in 1627 from which there survives on the rear elevation a carved stone date plaque with the inscription 
'IHS Dermot Coghlan Made This Castell In Anno Dni 1627'. The house has a hipped slate roof, timber sash windows with tooled stone sills, and pebbledashed walls with the quoins and eaves course in plain render. The entrance front has a tripartite doorcase treated like a Venetian window, with a round-headed door opening flanked by square-headed sidelights with pulvinated friezes and moulded cornices. The house is now used as holiday accommodation.

Ballycumber House: the gazebo in the grounds
It stands in landscaped grounds beside the River Brosna, probably created in about 1820, and there is a ruined circular Gothick stone gazebo with rocket-fin buttresses on a mound in the grounds, which is likely to be contemporary with the landscaping. 

Descent: Dermot Coghlan (fl. 1627)...Andrew Armstrong (1669-1717); to son, Warneford Armstrong (1699-1767); to son, George Armstrong (1734-80); who apparently sold... John O'Connor sold to Andrew George Armstrong (1773-1821); to brother, John Warneford Armstrong (1770-1858); to daughter, Anne Frances (1817-78), wife of William Bigoe Buchanan...

Gallen Priory, Ferbane, Offaly

Gallen Priory in c.1900, before the addition of the modern wings.

A two-storey seven-bay 18th century house, perhaps originally built for Edmund Armstrong (d. 1745). The house was tricked out with Gothick additions in the early 19th century, including turret-like buttresses surmounted by singularly primitive pinnacles, a steep central gable, and a rather blocky first-floor oriel window. After the house was sold by the Armstrongs in 1922 it became a convent, and the house was vastly extended and given a grossly inappropriate modern flat-roofed porch. Some of the external features seem to have been crudely rebuilt and the house now seems to be painted a sickly pink. The house is now used as a nursing home.

Descent: Edmund Armstrong (d. 1745); to son, Andrew Armstrong (1730-86?); to son, Edmund Armstrong (1754-1827); to son, Sir Andrew Armstrong (1785-1863), 1st bt.; to son, Sir Edmund Frederick Armstrong (1836-99), 2nd bt.; to son, Sir Andrew Harvey Armstrong (1866-1922), 3rd bt.; sold after his death as a convent; later converted as a nursing home.

Mount Armstrong, Kildare

A small gentry house, now known as Mount Windsor, appears to have been built or remodelled in the early 18th century for Lt-Col. Charles Armstrong. The estate was sold after Edmund Armstrong's death in 1745 to Edward Sherlock, who built the present Mount Armstrong House on a new site to the south. This is a mid to late 18th century house with a five bay entrance front that has a centrepiece of a tripartite pedimented doorway with a triple window above.  Inside, the hall has a simple plasterwork frieze, and a doorway with an internal fanlight that leads into the staircase hall.

Descent: sold before 1710 to Lt-Col. Charles Armstrong (c.1646-c.1731); to nephew, Edmund Armstrong (d. 1745); sold after his death to Edward Sherlock... William Sherlock (fl. 1795) who let to Rev. John Digby (fl. 1798)...sold c.1854 to Gerald George Aylmer of Donadea Castle...Christopher Rynd (d. 1882); to son, Fleetwood Rynd... Alfred Chester Beatty (fl. 1950); sold c.1965 to William Francis Conolly-Carew (1905-94), 6th Baron Carew.

Garry Castle, Banagher, Offaly

The ruins of Garry Castle in 1840.
Some ruins remain of a medieval castle of the Coghlan family, with a bawn and gate tower and a simple white three-bay 18th century house set into the bawn wall. 
Castle Garden House

In the early 19th century, a new five-bay two-storey house, known as Castle Garden House, was built nearby, no doubt for Thomas St George Armstrong (1765-1844). This has a half-hipped roof, rendered walls and sash windows, and a segmental-headed doorway, but is now derelict. The remains of a walled garden stand nearby. 

Descent: Andrew Armstrong (1732-92?); to son, Thomas St. George Armstrong (1765-1844); to son, Carteret Andrew Armstrong (1797-1869); to nephew, Carteret Andrew Armstrong (1838-93), who sold 1890 to his cousin, Thomas St. George Armstrong (b. 1846); probably sold after his death...

Castle Iver (now Balliver House), Banagher, Offaly

A three-bay double-pile house of two storeys over a basement, built c.1730, perhaps for Thomas Armstrong. Later in the 18th century a pair of full-height bows were added to the south front, probably for William Bigoe Armstrong. 

Castle Iver: the west front
The house has a hipped slate roof with terracotta ridge tiles and conical roofs on the bows, timber sash windows, and the walls are finished with lined render on the main front and roughcast on the rear and side elevations. There is a glazed porch on the east front and a late 18th century columned porch between the two bows on the south front. 

Castle Iver: the south front with its late 18th century bows
South-west of the house is a walled garden and the entrance gates north-west and south-east of the house survive. 

Descent: Thomas Armstrong (b. c.1700)... William Bigoe Armstrong (b. 1768); to son, James Ferrier Armstrong (d. 1866); to son, William Bigoe Armstrong (d. 1890); sold by order of the Court of Chancery, 1885.

Clara House, Offaly

Clara House

A compact Georgian three-by-three bay house, built about 1800. It has two storeys, with a rusticated ground floor and French quoins at the angles, but it is now curiously ill-proportioned: the upper floor is in scale almost an attic but has full size windows. These feel like a later alteration, perhaps replacing smaller square windows that would have given the front better proportions, but the details of the sashes look early. The projecting porch with columns and corner piers is an addition of c.1820, so perhaps the windows were altered at the same time. 

Descent: Andrew Armstrong (1727-1802); to grandson, Edward George Armstrong (1788-1834); sold to Edward Cox... Goodbody family...

Nancealverne, Penzance, Cornwall

Nancealverne House

A five-bay late 18th century house of coursed granite with a slate roof and a rather pretty central glazed porch, hunkered down in its landscape setting against the prevailing winds. It was apparently built for a Mr. Carveth. The house is now separated by the Penzance bypass from its early 19th century entrance lodge, which is single-storey at the front but two-storeyed at the back because of the way the land falls.

Descent: built for John Carveth; sold to Usticke of Botallack; to daughter, wife of John Scobell (c.1778-1866); to son, John Usticke Scobell (1804-83); to sister, Mary Anne (1817-1900), wife of Rev. John Armstrong (1810-62); to son, John Scobell Armstrong (1842-1929); to son, HH John Warneford Scobell Armstrong (1877-1960); to son, John Hamilton Scobell Armstrong (1927-2001); to widow, Diana Armstrong (b. 1930).

Armstrong family of Ballycumber House and Clara House

Armstrong, Andrew (c.1576-1671). Said to be the grandson of Christopher Armstrong of Mangerton (Roxburghs) and to have been born c.1576. Educated at Glasgow University. He followed his uncle William Armstrong to Ulster and participated in the Protestant settlement there in the reign of James VI & I, settling in Co. Fermanagh. At the outbreak of the Civil War he is said to have served as an officer of horse in the army of Charles I for several years, despite being 66 years of age when the Civil War started. He married 1st, [forename unknown] Alexander, 2nd, probably c.1616, Elizabeth, daughter of M. Johnston, and 3rd, c.1650, Mrs. Jane Stephenson, and had issue:
(1.1) Andrew Armstrong; married and had issue one son and two daughters;
(1.2) A daughter;
(2.1) Edmund Armstrong (b. c.1618; fl. c.1673) [for whom see the Armstrongs of Gallen Priory below];
(2.2) Thomas Armstrong (d. c.1690) (q.v.);
(2.3) William Armstrong; married and had issue three sons and two daughters;
(2.4) Robert Armstrong (d. 1716); married Lydia (1650-1715), daughter of Michael Howard of Ballyard (Offaly) and had issue three sons (including General John Armstrong (1674-1742), Chief Royal Engineer) and two daughters; died 23 May 1716;
(2.5) John Armstrong; died unmarried;
(3.1) Michael Armstrong (b. c.1652); married and died at Banagher (Offaly);
(3.2) Archibald Armstrong (1655-1747) [for whom see the Armstrongs of Garry Castle below].
He died in 1671, aged 95.

Armstrong, Thomas (d. c.1690).  Son of Andrew Armstrong (d. 1671) and his wife Elizabeth Johnston; he is usually said to have been born in Co. Fermanagh, 1639, but must have been born earlier, perhaps c.1625. He fought and was captured at the Battle of Worcester, 1651, and was taken as a prisoner to London. He subsequently returned to Ireland and settled at Banagher (Offaly), of which town he was one of the burgesses, and several times mayor. He married Grissel (d. 1680), sister of Capt. Charles Beatty of Co. Longford, and had issue:
(1) John Armstrong (c.1667-1704); a Lieutenant in Lord Barrymore's regiment of foot; killed at the siege of Gibraltar;
(2) Andrew Armstrong (1669-1717) (q.v.);
(3) James Armstrong; died unmarried at Ghent, aged 23.
(4) Margaret Armstrong (b. 1671); married, 1701, Capt. William Charleton of Mount Charlton (Meath) and had issue one son and one daughter;
(5) Catherine Armstrong (d. 1750); married Oliver Crofton (1688-1709) of Lissanarre (Limerick), youngest son of Sir Edward Crofton, 2nd bt. and had issue one son, born after his father's death; died 6 May 1750;
(6) Anne Armstrong; married William Beatty esq. and had issue;
(7) Elizabeth Armstrong; married Mr. Courts;
During the civil war of 1689-90 following King James II's abdication, he was repeatedly attacked by the native Irish, and sought to escape to safety with the garrison at Mullingar (Westmeath); however, he was caught on the road by part of MacGeoghegan's regiment and in the ensuing fracas he was shot in the thigh, and died from septicemia resulting from the wound. His wife died in 1680 and was buried at Banagher.

Armstrong, Andrew (1669-1717). Second but eldest surviving son of Thomas Armstrong (d. c.1690) and his wife Grissel, sister of Capt. Charles Beatty of Co. Longford, born 1669. He married, 9 June 1697, Lucy (c.1671-1733), eldest daughter of George Charnock esq. (eighth son of Sir George Charnock, kt., of Gloucestershire) and widow of William Mason, an officer in King William III's army, and had issue:
(1) Warneford Armstrong (1699-1767) (q.v.);
(2) Mary Armstrong (b. 1700; fl. 1770); married, 1718, Edward Wallen (d. 1776) of Snugborough (Offaly), and had issue four sons and one daughter; living in 1770;
(3) Grissel Armstrong (b. 1701), born at Ballykealy Castle, 1701; married Alexander Armstrong, second son of Col. Robert Armstrong, and had issue;
(4) Thomas Armstrong (b. 1702), born 22 August 1702; probably an officer of the Royal Engineers, but readily confused with a cousin of the same name and profession; he purchased the estate of Murock but died unmarried;
(5) Jane Armstrong (b. c.1703); married Capt. Supple but died without issue;
(6) George Armstrong (1705-52), born January 1704/05; clerk-in-ordinary to his cousin, Col. John Armstrong (1674-1742), the Surveyor-General of Ordnance; married, 17 November 1740 at St Paul, Covent Garden, London, Isabella, daughter of S. Holmes of London, distiller and widow of [forename unknown] Lucas, but died without issue, 27 July 1752;
(7) John Armstrong (1706-58), born 2 February 1705/6; military engineer and author; engineer-in-ordinary to Board of Ordnance; an officer in the 18th Regt. of Foot, with whom he saw service in Minorca, 1738-42; author of The history of the island of Minorca, 1752; died unmarried and impoverished at Swan Tavern, Chelsea, 27 March, and was buried at Chelsea Old Church, 31 March 1758;
(8) Letitia Armstrong (c.1708-78); married 1st, 1747, George Slaughter and had issue one son; married 2nd, 4 September 1753, Rev. George Wallen (d. c.1767); buried 20 September 1778.
He acquired the estate of Ballycumber.
He died 14 May 1717, aged 48; his will was proved 23 May 1717 but was challenged in 1719 by his widow, who died 15 September 1733, aged 62, and was buried at Rahan church.

Armstrong, Warneford (1699-1767). Eldest son of Andrew Armstrong (1669-1717) and his wife Lucy, daughter of George Charnock esq., born at Ballykealy Castle, 27 September 1699. JP for Offaly and High Sheriff of Offaly, 1738. He married 1st, 15 March 1719, Elizabeth (d. 1739), eldest daughter of Milo Bagot esq. of Newtown, 2nd, Jane, eldest daughter of Lewis Jones of Dublin, and 3rd, January 1760, Fanny (d. 1807), daughter of William Grey esq., and had issue:
(1.1) Margaret Armstrong (1720-), born 8 January 1720; married Frank Brown of Riverstown (Kildare), barrister-at-law, and had issue;
(1.2) Andrew Armstrong (1727-1802) (q.v.);
(1.3) Caroline Armstrong (1728-91), born 14 November 1728; married, 2 April 1752, Thomas Drought esq., eldest son of John Drought esq. (1722-82) of The Heath (Offaly) and had issue two sons; died 19 April 1791;
(1.4) Milo Armstrong (1729-51), born 19 March 1729; an officer of the East India Co.; died in Bengal, 27 September 1751;
(1.5) Thomas Armstrong (b. 1731), born 23 October 1731; made two voyages to China; died unmarried at Clara and was buried at Banagher;
(1.6) George Armstrong (1734-80) (q.v.);
(1.7) twin, John Armstrong (b. 1736), born 28 June 1736; died in infancy;
(1.8) twin, Elizabeth Armstrong (1736-1810), born 28 June 1736; married Richard Vicars, son of Richard Vicars esq. of Levally (Leix) and had issue; died at Clifton, 19 January 1810;
(2.1) A son; died in infancy;
(2.2) A son; died in infancy;
(3.1) Fanny Armstrong (d. 1834); died unmarried
(3.2) Lucinda Armstrong; died in infancy;
(3.3) John Armstrong (1761-1835) [for whom see the Armstrongs of Nancealverne below];
(3.4) Col. William Armstrong (b. 1763); an army officer (Major in 80th Regiment) who served in America and India; inspecting field officer of yeomanry for Co. Longford; married, August 1791, Charlotte, fifth daughter of Very Rev. Arthur Champagnè of Portarlington, but apparently died without issue.
He inherited the Ballycumber estate from his father in 1717 and was probably responsible for remodelling the house in the mid 18th century. 
He died in 1767. His first wife died 23 October 1739. His widow died in Dublin, November 1807.

Armstrong, Andrew (1727-1802). Eldest son of Warneford Armstrong (1699-1767) and his first wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Milo Bagot esq. of Newtown, born 28 May 1727. He married, 9 September 1756, Deborah (d. 1808), daughter and heiress of Samuel Simpson esq. of Oatfields (Galway), and had issue:
(1) Andrew Armstrong (d. 1798) (q.v.);
(2) Samuel Armstrong (1762-1832), born 16 September 1762; resided for some time at Clara House, and subsequently at Spring Garden; JP for Offaly; he married Euphemia Frances Wright of Co. Longford and had issue two sons and two daughters; died at Erry, 16 March 1832;
(3) Margaret Armstrong; married William Hodson esq. of Dublin, brother to Sir Robert Hodson, bt. of Holly Park (Wicklow) and had issue;
(4) Elizabeth Armstrong (d. 1835); married John Hardiman Burke esq. of St. Clerans (Galway) and had issue; died at Castle Hacket, 3 January 1835.
His father settled the town and lands of Clara (except the house and demesne) and the lands of Raheen (except the deer park) on him and his heirs for ever.
He died 16 July 1802. His widow doed April 1808 and was buried at Liss.

Armstrong, Andrew (d. 1798), of Clara. Elder son of Andrew Armstrong (1727-1802) and his wife Deborah, daughter and heiress of Samuel Simpson of Oatfields (Galway). JP for Offaly and captain of the Kilcourcy corps of yeomanry cavalry. He married Eleanor, daughter and heir of Edward Briscoe esq. of Scraggan and had issue:
(1) Edward George Armstrong (1788-1834) (q.v.);
(2) Eliza Armstrong; married, 18 September 1809, Rev. Francis Jones, rector of Fermoy, and later of Macroom (Cork) and Middleton (Cork);
(3) Deborah Armstrong.
He died 25 August 1798, in the lifetime of his father.

Armstrong, Edward George (1788-1834). Only son of Andrew Armstrong (d. 1798) and his wife Eleanor, daughter and heir of Edward Briscoe esq. of Scraggan, born 1788.
He inherited his grandfather's property at Clara in 1802.
He died unmarried, 23 July 1834.

Armstrong, George (1734-80). Fourth son of Warneford Armstrong (1699-1767) and his first wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Milo Bagot esq. of Newtown, born 19 June 1734. He married Constantia Maria (1752-1826), eldest daughter of Andrew Armstrong esq. of Gallen Priory, and had issue:
(1) John Warneford Armstrong (1770-1858) (q.v.);
(2) Andrew George Armstrong (1773-1821), born 12 September 1773; Captain in the 104th Regiment, from which he sold out, and returning to Ireland, purchased from John O'Connor the house and demesne of Ballycumber; died unmarried, 26 September 1821;
(3) Constantia Armstrong; probably died young;
(4) Elizabeth Armstrong (d. 1799); died unmarried;
(5) Frances Armstrong (fl. 1805); married, 25 April 1805 at Parsonstown (Offaly), Samuel John Bever esq. of 38th Regiment, and had issue.
He inherited Ballycumber House from his father, but apparently sold it before his early death; it was repurchased by his son in the early 19th century.
He died at Leixlip (Kildare), 23 August 1780 and was buried at Liss (Offaly). His widow died in April 1826.

Armstrong, John Warneford (1770-1858). Elder son of George Armstrong (1734-80) and his wife Constantia Maria, daughter of Andrew Armstrong esq. of Gallen Priory, born 28 August 1770. An officer of the Somerset, South Middlesex Supplementary, and later the Co. Offaly Militia, he was recruited into the United Irishmen to whose cause he was believed to be sympathetic, 10 May 1798, but he reported all his conversations with the Sheares brothers to his superiors and was subsequently a chief witness at their trial for treason. JP for Offaly. He admitted holding atheist opinions and was suspected of being a republican, although he denied this when cross-questioned at the Sheares' trial. He married, 1806, Anne (d. 1869), daughter of William Turner of Gloucester and had issue:
(1) Mary Drought Armstrong (c.1808-1902); married, 12 July 1837, Capt. Charles Edmund Wilkinson of Royal Engineers, son of Jacob Wilkinson of Springfield House (Somerset) and had issue two sons and two daughters; died in Dublin, 1 June 1902, aged about 93; will proved in Dublin, 29 September 1902 (effects £6,577 in Ireland and £5,444 in England);
(2) Anne Frances Armstrong (1817-78), baptised at British chaplaincy in Geneva (Switzerland), 8 November 1817; married, 17 December 1844, William Bigoe Buchanan but had no issue; died 21 March 1878; will proved 18 April 1878 (effects under £1,500).
He lived in exile for many years after his involvement in the Sheares trial, but inherited the Ballycumber estate from his younger brother in 1821 and was resident in Ireland again by the 1830s. After his death the house passed to his younger daughter.
He died 20 April 1858; his will was proved 15 June 1858 (effects under £1,500). His widow died 3 June 1869; her will was proved 29 July 1869 (effects under £500).

Armstrong family of Gallen Priory, baronets

Armstrong, Edmund (fl. 1638-73) of Stonetown (Kildare). Eldest son of Andrew Armstrong (d. 1671) and his second wife, Elizabeth, daughter of M. Johnston, perhaps born c.1618. He was, with his younger brother, taken prisoner at the Battle of Worcester, 1651. He married Mary, daughter of William Hamilton of Liscloony (Offaly) and had issue:
(1) William Armstrong (c.1638-1717/18) (q.v.);
(2) Lt-Col. Philip Armstrong (c.1641-1711); an officer in the army, who fought at Sedgemoor and Blenheim; he died unmarried at Ghent (Belgium);
(3) twin, Col. Andrew Armstrong (c.1642-1722) of Morristown (Kildare); an officer in the army, who served with credit under the Duke of Marlborough; married 'Lady Westray of the noble family of Sandilands in Scotland', but had no issue; died 1722 aged 80;
(4) twin, Hugh Armstrong (c.1642-c.1724); died at his house Stonestown aged 82;
(5) Lt-Col. Charles Armstrong (c.1646-c.1731); an officer in the army; in 1721 purchased an estate in Co. Kildare and built a residence called Mount Armstrong there; married 1st, [forename unknown], daughter of Sir Robert Gostwick, bt. of Wellington (Antrim) and had issue a son; married 2nd, [forename unknown], widow of Robert Constantine, alderman of Dublin; he died in 1730 or 1731 in his 85th year; by his will he left Mount Armstrong to his nephew, Edmund Armstrong, and a pecuniary legacy to his son, Laurence Armstrong (d. 1739), Lt-Governor of Nova Scotia;
(6) Thomas Armstrong (1661-1748), born at Stonestown, 1661; captain of a troop in his brother Philip's regiment; retired from the army in 1717 and lived at his house at Ampthill (Beds); JP and commissioner of land tax for Bedfordshire; married, 7 April 1705 at Acton (Middx), Frances, daughter of John Thompson, Lord Haversham and widow of Francis Wyndham esq of Felbrigg Hall (Norfolk) and had issue two sons and three daughters; died 7 January 1748 aged 86;
(7) Rev. Edmund Armstrong (d. 1744); rector of Kilcolgan (Galway); married Isabella (d. 1751), daughter and co-heir of Capt. Thomas Armstrong and had issue three sons and five daughters; died 1744;
(8) John Armstrong, of Usher's Quay, Dublin, merchant; married Elizabeth Handy and had issue two sons;
(9) Mary Armstrong; married Rev. Edward Parkinson, minister of Ardee (Louth) and had issue four sons and one daughter;
(10) Margaret (b. 1673); married, c.1700, Col. Milo Bagot (d. 1739) of Newtown (Offaly) and had issue one son and two daughters.
His date of death is unknown.

Armstrong, William (c.1638-1717/18) of Stonestown. Eldest son of Edmund Armstrong (fl. c.1638-73) and his wife Mary, daughter of William Hamilton of Liscloony (Offaly). He married Alice, daughter of Francis Coghlan of Kilcolgan Castle (Offaly) and had issue:
(1) Edmund Armstrong (d. 1745) (q.v.);
(2) Philip Armstrong; married, 1747, Elizabeth, daughter of Peter Judge esq. and had issue a daughter;
(3) Elizabeth Armstrong (d. 1776); married, 1731, John Cusack (c.1711-76) of Rathgar (Co. Dublin) and had issue a daughter;
(4) Barbara Armstrong; married Rev. William Smith of Oldcastle (Meath).
He presumably acquired the Gallen estate through his marriage.
He died in 1717 or 1718 'in his eightieth year'.

Armstrong, Edmund (d. 1745) of Gallen. Elder son of William Armstrong (d. 1717/18) and his wife Alice, daughter of Francis Coghlan of Kilcolgan Castle (Offaly). JP for Offaly; High Sheriff of Offaly, 1730 and Kildare, 1731. He married, 1722, Elizabeth, second daughter of George Holmes MP of Liscloony (Offaly), and had issue:
(1) Andrew Armstrong (1730-c.1786) (q.v.);
(2) Anne Armstrong; married, 22/24 April 1750 at Whitchurch (Salop), Dennis Kelly (1720-94?) of Castle Kelly (Galway) and had a numerous family;
(3) Ally [recte Alison?] Armstrong.
He inherited the Gallen estate from his parents, and also property in Co. Kildare from his uncles Andrew and Charles. He probably built the new house at Gallen.
He died 15 April 1745.

Armstrong, Andrew (1730-c.1786) of Gallen. Only son of Edmund Armstrong (d. 1745) of Gallen and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of George Holmes MP of Liscloony (Offaly), born at Kilcolgan Castle, 2 May 1730. JP for Offaly; High Sheriff of Offaly, 1751. Colonel of the Offaly Volunteer Cavalry and Infantry. He was a noted horse-breeder, whose stud was sold by auction after his death. He married, 24 September 1751, Constantia Maria (b. 1730), second daughter of John Pigot of Brockley Park (Leix) and had issue:
(1) Constantia Maria Armstrong (1752-1826); married George Armstrong (1734-80) of Ballycumber (q.v.);
(2) Edmund Armstrong (1754-1827) (q.v.);
(3) Elizabeth Armstrong (b. c.1755); probably died young;
(4) Fanny Armstrong (b. c.1756); died young;
(5) Belle Armstrong (b. c.1757); died unmarried at Gallen;
(6) John Armstrong (b. 1758), born 29 August 1758; a Lieutenant in 35th Regiment at St. Lucia; died unmarried;
(7) Mary Armstrong (1759-1843); married, 28 January 1782 in Scotland, Charles Robert Skerrington esq. and had issue;
(8) Alicia Armstrong (1761-1839);
(9) Andrew Armstrong (b. 1762), born 13 July 1762; died young;
(10) William Armstrong (b. 1763), born 14 September 1763; died young;
(11) Anne Armstrong (c.1765-1824); married, 1793, Andrew Armstrong esq; died 1824;
(12) Dennis Armstrong (1766-91); born 12 July 1766; Lieutenant in 36th Foot; killed at Sattimungulum (East Indies) c.1791; died unmarried;
(13) Maj. Philip Armstrong (1767-1806), born 13 December 1767; served in 8th Foot and was later Major in Offaly Militia; drowned in the sinking of the 'King George' packet boat at Hoylake, 1806;
(14) Lucinda Armstrong (1769-1845); married, 1795, Robert Mills of Malahide, fifth son of Rev. Richard Mills, rector of Annaclone (Down) and had issue;
(15) Fanny Armstrong (b. c.1770); married, 1800, Capt. Joseph Barnes (d. 1843), Royal Artillery, and had issue.
He inherited the Gallen estate from his father in 1745.
He died before 12 April 1786.

Armstrong, Edmund (1754-1827) of Gallen. Eldest son of Andrew Armstrong (1730-c.1786) of Gallen and his wife Constantia Maria, daughter of John Pigot of Brockley Park (Leix), born 14 December 1754. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin (admitted 1771). Barrister-at-law (called to bar, 1779); stood for Parliament in Offaly, 1783; High Sheriff of Offaly, 1818. He married, 4 February 1783, Elizabeth (d. 1825), third daughter of Frederick Trench of Woodlawn (Galway) and sister of Frederick Trench, 1st Baron Ashtown, and had issue:
(1) Sir Andrew Armstrong (1785-1863), 1st bt. (q.v.);
(2) Edmund Armstrong (1786-c.1812), born 25 September 1786; educated at Trinity College, Dublin (admitted 1804); an officer in the 4th Dragoons; died unmarried c.1812 at Castel Branco (Portugal) while serving with his regiment;
(3) Constantia Maria Armstrong (1788-1836), born 9 July 1788; married, 31 October 1815 at Ferbane (Offaly), Rev. William Hervey and had issue two daughters; died 28 November 1836;
(4) Sir Frederick Armstrong (1789-1821), kt., born 25 January/June 1789; educated at Peterhouse, Cambridge (admitted as a mature student, 1820); an officer in the army who served with great distinction under Wellington during the Peninsular War; awarded the Order of the Tower & Sword (Portugal) and knighted on his return to Ireland, 28 April 1819; died unmarried and was buried at St James, Pentonville, London, 21 October 1821;
(5) Frances (k/a Fanny) Armstrong (1790-1839), born 25 June 1790; married, 31 March 1830, George Parkhouse (d. 1865?) of Eastfield Lodge (Hants) and had issue a daughter; died 29 September and was buried at South Stoneham (Hants), 7 October 1839;
(6) Rev. John Armstrong (1791-1856), born June 1791; educated at Trinity College, Dublin (admitted 1808; BA 1813; MA 1832); rector of the united parishes of Lickmolash, Ballinabrill and Leitrim (Galway), 1818; Dean of Kilfenora (Clare), 1847-56; married, 25 July 1822, Ellen, daughter of Jacob Willan of Carrighill (Co. Dublin) and had issue eight sons and four daughters; died 16 June 1856;
(7) William Armstrong (b. 1797); died young;
(8) Mary Armstrong (c.1800-51); married, 26 November 1823 at St Mary, Southampton, as his second wife, Henry Anthony Hardman (d. 1859) of Bellevue Lodge, Bitterne (Hants) and had issue a daughter; probably the person of this name buried at Southampton, 7 November 1851.
He inherited the Gallen estate from his father.
He died 12 December 1827. His wife died in 1825.

Armstrong, Sir Andrew (1785-1863), 1st bt., of Gallen. Eldest son of Edmund Armstrong (1754-1827) of Gallen and his wife Elizabeth Trench, born 19 October 1785. MP for Offaly, 1841-52; High Sheriff of Offaly, 1811, 1836; Capt. in Offaly Militia; Receiver-General of Stamp Duties in Ireland, 1831-41. He was created a baronet, 18 September 1841. He married, 1 January 1835, Frances Fullerton (1814-90), daughter of George Alexander Downing Fullerton of Westwood (Hants) and Ballintoy Castle (Antrim) and had issue:
(1) Rev. Sir Edmund Frederick Armstrong (1836-99), 2nd bt. (q.v.);
(2) Mary Ann Elizabeth Armstrong (b. c.1837); married, 30 May 1865 at Rustington (Sussex), Rev. Edward Withington (b. 1837), youngest son of T.E. Withington of Culcheth (Lancs) and had issue two sons and one daughter;
(3) Eliza Armstrong (b. c.1838); probably died young;
(4) Frances Georgina Armstrong (b. c.1840); married, 3 November 1864, John Alexander Bell esq. of Grinboa, Darling Downs, Queensland (Australia) and had issue one son and two daughters;
(5) George Alexander Armstrong (1843-91), born 5 December 1843; married, 1877, Elizabeth Patricena (d. 1887), daughter of Very Rev. John Armstrong, Dean of Kilfenora; died without issue, 21 July 1891;
(6) Andrew Charles Armstrong (1845-95), born 5 February 1845; educated at Royal Military College, Sandhurst; served as Lt., 2nd Foot; Capt., 3rd Battn, Prince of Wales' Leinster Regt; later one of HM Factories Inspectors; married 1st, 5 February 1874, Alice Maria (d. 1881), youngest daughter of Sir Thomas William Clinton Murdoch, kt. and had issue one son (from whom the present baronet is descended) and three daughters; married 2nd, 25 July 1888, Annie Beatrice (d. 1949), daughter of John Lorimer of Aylestone (Leics) and had issue one son and one daughter; died 5 October 1895;
(7) Frederick William Armstrong (b. & d. 1846), born 19 February 1846; died in infancy;
(8) Constantia Mary Anne Armstrong (b. c.1846); married, 22 September 1868, Rev. Eckesall Nixon, vicar of Aghmacart (Leix) and had issue two sons and three daughters;
(9) Florence Nesbitt Armstrong (c. 1847-49); died in infancy and was buried at St Peter, Hammersmith (Middx), 22 August 1849;
(10) Emily Jane Armstrong (b. 1849), baptised at Hammersmith (Middx), 18 August 1849; probably died in infancy;
(11) Montagu D'Oyly Fullerton Armstrong (1852-1926), born 8 March 1852; married, 3 April 1873, Florence Angelica Sophia (d. 1936), daughter of Charles John Proby, consul at Florence, and had issue four sons and four daughters; died 9 February 1926;
(12) Agnes Blanche Catherine Armstrong (b. c.1854); probably died young;
(13) Charles Nesbitt Frederic Armstrong (1858-1948), born 25 January 1858; married, 22 December 1882 (sep. 1884 and div. 1900), Dame Helen Porter [better known as Dame Nellie Melba, the singer] GBE (d. 1931), daughter of David Mitchell of Melbourne and Doonside, Richmond (Australia) and had issue one son; died September 1948, aged 90.
He inherited the Gallen estate from his father in 1827.
He died 27 January 1863. His widow died 19 March 1890.

Armstrong, Rev. Sir Edmund Frederick (1836-99), 2nd bt., of Gallen. Eldest son of Sir Andrew Armstrong (1785-1863), 1st bt., and his wife Frances, daughter of George Alexander Downing Fullerton of Westwood (Hants) and Ballintoy Castle (Antrim), born 27 May 1836. Ordained deacon, 1859 and priest, 1860; vicar of Sheirke (Leix), 1864-74; rector of Borris-in-Ossory (Leix) 1874-87 and Rural Dean. He married, 14 June 1865, Alice Anne (d. 1875), eldest daughter of William Windsor Fisher and had issue:
(1) Sir Andrew Harvey Armstrong (1866-1922), 3rd bt. (q.v.);
(2) Beatrice Frances Armstrong (1868-1958), born 6 July 1868; died unmarried, 7 December 1958, aged 90;
(3) Gertrude Adelaide Armstrong (1871-1962), born 30 December 1871; married, 8 February 1906, Sir Francis Hare Clayton (d. 1956), eldest son of Charles Hare Clayton of Ditton Hill (Surrey); died 11 February 1962, aged 90;
(4) Constantia Jessie Armstrong (1873-1965), born 3 February 1873; died unmarried, 24 November 1965, aged 92;
(5) Katherine Edith Armstrong (1874-1948), born 18 April 1874; died unmarried, 12 September 1948;
(6) Sir Nesbitt William Armstrong (1875-1953), 4th bt., born 3 July 1875; seaman; married, 1910, Clarice Amy, daughter of John Carter Hodkinson of Maryborough, Victoria (Australia) and had issue two sons and one daughter; died 21 September 1953.
He inherited the Gallen estate from his father in 1863.
He died 24 April 1899. His wife died 8 December 1875.

Armstrong, Sir Andrew Harvey (1866-1922), 3rd bt, of Gallen. Elder son of Rev. Sir Edmund Frederick Armstrong (1836-99), 2nd bt., of Gallen, and his wife Alice, daughter of William W. Fisher, born 23 May 1866. JP for Offaly; High Sheriff of Offaly, 1914. Captain in 3rd Battn, Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians); T/Capt. 5th (Serv) Battn, Connaught Rangers Imperial Yeomanry in Boer War, 1900-01. He was unmarried and without issue.
He inherited the Gallen estate from his father in 1899 but leased it to the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny from 1912. At his death it passed with his title to his younger brother in Australia, who sold the estate the same year.
He died while on a fishing holiday in New Zealand, 3 June 1922.

Armstrong family of Castle Armstrong, Garry Castle and Castle Iver

Armstrong, Archibald (1655-1747). Youngest son of Andrew Armstrong (d. 1671) and his third wife, Mrs. Jane Stephenson, born 1655/58. He married, 1681 at Crea, Letitia, youngest daughter of Col. Edward Playsted, and had issue (perhaps among others who died young):
(1) William Armstrong (b. 1691) (q.v.);
(2) Edmund Armstrong; a Captain in the East India Co. service; married and had issue;
(3) Charles Armstrong; an officer in Gen. Wynne's regiment of Dragoons; married 1st, [name unknown] and had issue two sons; married 2nd, 1716, Martha, sister of James Hampton of Bishops Waltham (Hants) and had two further sons and a daughter; killed in a duel near Birr by his opponent's second;
(4) Andrew Armstrong (fl. c.1690-c.1740) (q.v.);
(5) Thomas Armstrong (d. 1750) of Ballylin; JP for Offaly; High Sheriff of Offaly; inspector-general of barracks; married 1st, [name unknown] and had no issue, and 2nd, Lucy, third daughter of George Holmes, by whom he had issue three sons and three daughters; died 1750;
(6) Margaret Armstrong; married George Brereton and had issue;
(7) Elizabeth Armstrong; married Matthew Hyde of Newton (Offaly) and had issue.
He lived at Lusmagh and later at Endrim.
He died 18 April 1747, aged about 92.

Armstrong, William (1691-). Son of Archibald Armstrong (1655-1747) and his wife Letitia, daughter of Col. Edward Playsted, born 1691. He married, 1715, Rebecca, daughter of Bigoe Henzell, and had issue:
(1) Archibald Armstrong (b. 1716), born at Barnagratty, 1716; married Rebecca, daughter of Capt. Michael Armstrong, and had issue three sons and two daughters;
(2) William Armstrong (c.1722-1784); an officer in the army; married 1st, 3 July 1747, Mary, daughter of William Hunt of Petworth (Sussex) and had issue four daughters; married 2nd [forename unknown] Hill, sister of Col. Hill of London; died 10 October 1784, aged 62;
(3) Andrew Armstrong (c.1723-89) (q.v.);
(4) Edmund Armstrong (b. 1724) of Clara House, born 14 June 1724; JP for Offaly; married Anne, daughter of William McEvoy of Co. Longford and had issue eight sons and one daughter;
(5) Rebecca Armstrong; married Frank Conrahy of Birr (Offaly), son of Thomas Conrahy of Ballinahinny (Leix) and had issue one son and one daughter.
His date of death is unknown.

Armstrong, Andrew (c.1723-1789) of Castle Armstrong. Third son of William Armstrong (b. 1691) and his wife Rebecca, daughter of Bigoe Henzell. He married Mary (d. 1781), daughter of [forename unknown] Bidwell and widow of George Scot, Governor of Bengal and had issue:
(1) William Armstrong; a writer with the East India Co. in India, where he married and died;
(2) Thomas Armstrong (b. 1765) (q.v.);
(3) Andrew Armstrong (d. 1805); married and had issue; died at St. Croix, 1805;
(4) Rebecca Armstrong; married Nicholas Gamble of Derrinboy and had issue;
(5) Harriet Armstrong; married, 1796, George Armstrong.
He acquired or inherited Castle Armstrong.
He died 31 July 1789, aged 65. His wife died 2 July 1781.

Armstrong, Thomas (1765-c.1802) of Castle Armstrong. Son of Andrew Armstrong (d. 1789) of Castle Armstrong and his wife Mary Scot, born 1765. JP for Offaly; Store-keeper of Athlone. He married, November 1791 at Sans Souci, Dublin, Elizabeth, daughter of John Puget of London, banker, and had issue:
(1) Esther Armstrong (fl. 1803); probably died young;
(2) Elizabeth Armstrong (fl. 1803-23); married, 1817, Thomas (b. 1790), eldest son of Robert Raikes of Welton House (Yorks) and had issue two sons and two daughters; inherited the Castle Armstrong estate but sold it in 1823 to Col. William Armstrong;
(3) Clementina Armstrong (fl. 1803); probably died young;
(4) William Armstrong (fl. 1803); died young.
He inherited Castle Armstrong from his father in 1789, but lived mainly in Dublin, and let the estate from 1792. After his death the Court of Chancery ordered his estates to be let to provide an income for his children.
He is said to have died 20 August 1802. His wife predeceased him.

Armstrong, Andrew (fl. c.1690-c.1740) of Garry Castle. Fourth son of Archibald Armstrong (1655-1747) and his wife Letitia, daughter of Col. Edward Playsted. Treasurer of Co. Offaly; Comptroller in the household of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. He married, 1 August 1724, Alphra (d. 1783), youngest daughter of Bigoe Henzell of Barnagratty and had issue:
(1) Archibald Armstrong (1726-93), born 1726; married Margaret, daughter of John Bagot of Ard (Offaly) and had issue; died 13 June 1793;
(2) Rebecca Armstrong (b. 1728); married Thurlough Magrath and had issue;
(3) Thomas Armstrong (1729-95), born 27 December 1729; an officer in the army; lived at Derrycooly and later at Ballycumber; married [forename unknown], daughter of Hugh Campbell and widow of Hugh McLaughlin and had issue a daughter; died 7 November 1795;
(4) Andrew Armstrong (1732-92?) (q.v.);
(5) Edmund Armstrong (1735-97) of Forty Hall, Enfield (Middx); army agent; Gentleman Usher, Quarterly Waiter to King George III and Groom of the Privy Chamber, 1794-97; DL for Middlesex; Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London; married 1st, Jane, daughter of Robert Macky of Hertford, by whom he had one son and one daughter (both died young); married 2nd, about December 1769, Frances (b. 1750), daughter of William Armstrong of East Greenwich, and had issue two sons (from the elder of whom descended the Armstrong baronets of London) and one daughter; will proved in the PCC, 7 November 1797;
(6) Bigoe Armstrong (1737-56); died unmarried, 1756;
(7) Lucy Armstrong; married Humphrey Ellis and had issue.
He acquired the Garry Castle estate.
His date of death is unknown and he may have predeceased his father. His wife died in 1783.

Armstrong, Andrew (1732-92?) of Garry Castle. Third son of Andrew Armstrong (fl. 1724) and his wife Alphra, daughter of Bigoe Henzell of Barnagratty, born 1732. Said to have been an officer in the 14th Regiment who was severely wounded at Louisberg (1758) and to have retired from the Army as result; however, the 14th was not at the Battle of Louisburg in 1758 and so he may have served with another regiment. County Treasurer of Offaly and JP for the county. A small portrait of him in uniform was one of a group of Armstrong family portraits sold by Christies in 1998. He married, 5 May 1756, Elizabeth (c.1741-1813), only daughter of Capt. James Buchanan of Craigavern and Dromakill (Scotland) and had issue:
(1) Margaret Armstrong (b. 1757), born 25 January 1757*; probably died young;
(2) Andrew Armstrong (b. 1758), born 18 September 1758*; died young;
(3) Robert Armstrong (b. c.1760); probably died young;
(4) Catherine Rebecca Armstrong (b. 1762), born 14 March 1762*; married, 27 January 1784, Hugh Conrahy, and had issue;
(5) Archibald Armstrong (b. 1763), born 1 November 1763; Captain in the East India Co. service; died without issue;
(6) Andrew Armstrong (b. 1764), born 20 October 1764; Lieutenant in 54th Regiment; married, 14 January 1793, Anne, daughter of Andrew Armstrong of Gallen and had issue two sons and two daughters;
(7) Thomas St. George Armstrong (1765-1844) (q.v.);
(8) William Bigoe Armstrong (b. 1768) (q.v.); 
(9) James Armstrong (b. 1769), born 20 August 1769; an officer in the army (Lieutenant in 46th Regiment, 1796; Paymaster of 67th Regt, 1814 (half-pay from 1817)); married in the West Indies and later lived in France; perhaps the person of that name and age who was living at Cheltenham in 1851, in which case he married Frances [surname unknown];
(10) Thomas Armstrong (1770-1807);
(11) Edmund Armstrong (1772-1809), born 10 January 1772; Major in the East India Co. service; married Leonora Lucas and had issue one son and three daughters; died in India, 1809;
(12) Mary Armstrong (b. 1773), born 17 April 1773*; married, 1792, Capt. William Grant of the Clare Militia, son of James Grant, and had issue;
(13) Bigoe Charles Armstrong (b. 1775), born 17 May 1775; Captain in 57th Regiment; died unmarried;
(14) Elizabeth Armstrong (b. 1776), born 5 May 1776*; married, 1794, Lt. John Armstrong of Co. Fermanagh, an officer in the Royal Irish Artillery, and had issue.
He inherited the Garry Castle estate from his father.
His is said to have died at Garry Castle, 27 August 1792*. His widow died 21 September 1813.
*The dates marked with an asterisk are from an unverified but plausible Internet source, and should be treated with caution.

Armstrong, Thomas St. George (1765-1844). Third son of Andrew Armstrong (1732-92?) of Garry Castle and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Capt. James Buchanan of Craigavern and Dromakill, born 14 November 1765. A Captain in the 8th Regiment of Infantry; commanded the Garry Castle Yeomanry. JP and Deputy Governor of Offaly; High Sheriff of Offaly, 1809. He married, 14 February 1792, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Priaulx of Guernsey, and had issue:
(1) Carteret Andrew Armstrong (1797-1869) (q.v.);
(2) Thomas St. George Armstrong (1798-1875) (q.v.); 
(3) William Bigoe Armstrong (1800-66) (q.v.);
(4) John Priaulx Armstrong (1802-79), of Claremont, born 21 January 1802; emigrated to Argentina with his elder brother in 1817 but subsequently returned to the British Isles and lived at Beachy House (Guernsey); married, 20 November 1827, his cousin Emma, sixth daughter of Thomas Priaulx of Montville House, Guernsey and had issue five sons and one daughter; died 1879.
He inherited the Garry Castle estate from his father and was presumably responsible for building the Castle Garden House there; in 1809 he was living at Mount Carteret (Offaly).
He died 22 December 1844.  His wife's date of death is unknown.

Armstrong, Carteret Andrew (1797-1869) of Garry Castle. Eldest son of Thomas St. George Armstrong (1765-1844) and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Priaulx of Guernsey, born 19 May 1797. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin (admitted 1812; BA 1817) and Grays Inn (admitted 1818; called to Irish bar, 1821); barrister-at-law. He was unmarried and without issue.
He inherited the Garry Castle estate from his father in 1844. At his death it passed to his nephew, Carteret Andrew Armstrong (q.v.).
He died 7 April 1869.

Armstrong, William Bigoe (1800-66). Third son of Thomas St. George Armstrong (1765-1844) and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Priaulx of Guernsey, born 13 April 1800. He married 1st, c.1837, Elizabeth (c.1817-49), daughter of Christopher Banko; and 2nd, 1 June 1853 at Rynagh (Offaly), Anna/Katherine Mona Elizabeth (b. c.1826) , daughter of Robert Semple of Dublin, and had issue:
(1.1) Carteret Andrew Armstrong (1838-93) (q.v.);
(1.2) twin, Thomas St. George Armstrong (1845-75), born 5 February 1845; died unmarried, 1875;
(1.3) twin, John Le Marchant Armstrong (1845-83), born 5 February 1845; died 18 October 1883;
(1.4) Elizabeth Priaulx Armstrong; married, 28 August 1883 at Montreux (Switzerland), Col. James Crawford of Madras Staff Corps;
(1.5) Justa Honoria Villaneuva Armstrong; married, 18 February 1865 at Parsonstown (Offaly), Thomas Augustus White (d. 1897) of Ballybrophy (Leix);
(2.1) William Bigoe Armstrong (1856-1914); married, 17 August 1885, Ana Soler (b. 1857), widow of Count Alexis de Manow, but had no issue; died 22 July 1914 in Buenos Aires;
(2.2) Osmond de Beauvoir Priaulx Armstrong;
(2.3) Isabel Elortondo Armstrong.
He died at Garry Castle House, 2 October 1866 and his will was proved in Dublin. His first wife died 11 August 1849 at Beachy House (Guernsey).

Armstrong, Maj. Carteret Andrew (1838-93) of Garry Castle. Eldest son of William Bigoe Armstrong (1800-66) and his first wife, Elizabeth Banko, born 25 November 1838. An officer in the 10th Regiment (Ensign, 1855; Lt., 1861; Capt., 1861; retired 1865) and 3rd Battn, East Lancs Regiment (Capt., 1871; Major; retired 1882); Aide de Camp to the Commander of British Forces in the Cape of Good Hope. He stood as a Conservative candidate in the King's County parliamentary election, 1868, but was defeated; JP for Offaly; Hon. Secretary of the Primrose League for North Devon; a senior freemason. He married, 3 September 1863 in Manchester Cathedral, Ellen (1837-1904), daughter of Hugh Dawson of Leyland and West Cliff (Lancs), but had no issue.
He inherited the Garry Castle estate from his uncle in 1844, but sold it in 1890 to his cousin, Thomas St. George Armstrong (b. 1838). In retirement he lived at Hillsborough Terrace, Ilfracombe (Devon).
He died suddenly at Ilfracombe, 15 February 1893; his will was proved 13 April 1893 (effects £261). His widow died 9 April 1904; her will was proved 7 May 1904 (estate £3,699).

Thomas St George Armstrong
Armstrong, Thomas St. George (1797-1875). Second son of Thomas St. George Armstrong (1765-1844) and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Priaulx of Guernsey, born 29 November 1797 and baptised April 1798. In 1817 he and his brother John were sent by their father to Argentina to set up and run the merchant and banking house of Armstrong & Co.; in 1859 he founded the Argentine Insurance Co. He was co-founder of the Argentine stock exchange, and was a Director of the Buenos Aires Provincial Bank (which he made in effect the central bank of Argentina), and the financial agent of the Argentine Government. He formed a close friendship with Fr. Anthony Fahy, a Catholic priest who lodged in his household, and through this relationship he gained the trust of the Argentine business community and government. He was also enabled to act as an 'honest broker' in dealings between the British and Argentine governments for over forty years, and after he helped to thaw relations between the two countries in 1857 he was offered a knighthood by the British government, but declined the honour. In 1863, the government of Buenos Aires province accepted his proposal to build the Southern Railway, and he was subsequently involved in the construction of railways to Luján, Central Argentino, and Ensenada, and served as their director. He also established rural colonies, particularly in Santa Fe province, where he managed his own estancia, and he was the founder of the Stranger's Club in Buenos Aires. He married, 12 July 1824 and again 31 July 1824 in St John's Anglican cathedral at Buenos Aires (Argentina), Dona Justa de Villanueva (1799-1876), daughter of Don Pedro de Villanueva, a Castillian settled at Buenos Aires (Argentina) and had issue:
(1) Gabriel George Armstrong (1828-44), born 12 and baptised 14 April 1828; sent to Ireland to be educated c.1834; died at Garry Castle, 14 December 1844;
(2) Isabel Armstrong (1829-99), baptised 16 October 1829; married, 3 November 1853 at St. Ignacio, Buenos Aires, Federico Elortondo (1828-85), farmer and banker and had issue one son and four daughters; died 1 July/August 1899;
(3) Emma Armstrong (1831-1900), baptised 24 January 1831; died unmarried, 24 August 1900;
(4) Thomas Andrew Armstrong (b. & d. 1835), baptised 19 January 1835; died in infancy, 17 June 1835;
(5) Justa Josefa Armstrong (1837-88), baptised 1 October 1837; died unmarried, 24 April 1888; by her will established the Armstrong Foundation;
(6) Juan de la Cruz Armstrong (b. 1840), baptised 13 November 1840; died in infancy;
(7) Maria Dolores Armstrong (b. 1842), baptised 24 January 1842; married, 23 May 1861, Carlos Enrique Dosé of Le Havre (France) and had issue one son and one daughter;
(8) Thomas St. George Armstrong (b. 1846) (q.v.);
From 1817, he lived in Argentina, returning to Ireland only twice, in 1826 and 1858. In 1829 he bought lands at Ibicuy on the R. Parana in Entre Rios; in 1839 an estancia on Arroyo Pavon, and in 1850 the magnificent estancia Santo Tomas in Santa Fe. He also owned substantial urban property in Buenos Aires.
He died 1 June and was buried at the Victoria Cemetery, Buenos Aires, 10 June 1875; his funeral cortege was the largest seen in the city up to that time. At his death he was extremely wealthy and while he bequeathed his estates to his five surviving children he also made generous charitable bequests, including $15,000 to the Irish Sisters of Charity, $20,000 to an orphanage and $50,000 to the poor of Buenos Aires. His widow died 18 January 1876 at San Jose de Flores.

Armstrong, Thomas St. George (b. 1846). Only surviving son of Thomas St. George Armstrong (1797-1875) and his wife Dona Justa, daughter of Don Pedro de Villanueva of Buenos Aires (Argentina), born 26 November 1846. Gentleman in waiting to the King of Portugal and an official representative (perhaps consul) in Buenos Aires; Knight Commander of the Royal and Military Order of Christ (Portugal) and Commander of Conceição de Vila Viçosa; Knight of St. John of Jerusalem (Malta). He married, 14 June 1886 in Paris (France), Maria do Carmo Portugal de Faria (b. 1862), daughter of Antonio de Faria, 1st Viscount de Faria and his wife Maria do Ó Barreiros Arrobas de Portugal da Silveira but reputedly an illegitimate daughter of the King of Portugal, and had issue:
(1) Maria Helena Justa (b. 1887), born 9 April 1887; married, 18 August 1906, Francisco Carlos de Chateaubriand (d. 1922), Count of Gallerande, Secretary of the French Embassy in Buenos Aires, and had issue a son.
He purchased the Garry Castle estate from his cousin, 16 May 1890.
His date of death is unknown.

Armstrong, William Bigoe (b. 1768; fl. 1838) of Castle Iver. Fourth son of Andrew Armstrong (b. 1732) and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Capt. James Buchanan of Craigavern and Dromakill, born 19 July 1768. Treasurer of Offaly, -1829. He married, 4 April 1796, Jane Wilhelmina (c.1764-1829), only child of Gen. James Ferrier RE and had issue:
(1) James Ferrier Armstrong (c.1801-66) (q.v.).
He acquired the Castle Iver alias Balliver (Offaly) estate.
His date of death is unknown. His wife died 16 April 1829 and was buried at Banagher.

Armstrong, James Ferrier (c.1801-66) of Castle Iver. Only child of William Bigoe Armstrong (1768-) and his wife Jane Wilhelmina, daughter of Gen. James Ferrier. Treasurer of Offaly, 1829-63; JP for Offaly. He married, 14 January 1836 at North Stoneham (Hants), Honoria (1809-95), daughter of John Willis Fleming MP of Stoneham Park (Hants) and had issue:
(1) William Bigoe Armstrong (1839-90) (q.v.).
He inherited the Castle Iver estate from his father.
He died 13 April 1866; his will was proved in Dublin, 26 May 1866 (effects under £8,200 in Ireland) and sealed in London, 27 November 1866 (effects in England under £3,000). His widow died 31 July 1895; her will was proved 16 September 1895 (effects £541).

Armstrong, William Bigoe (1839-90) of Castle Iver. Only child of James Ferrier Armstrong (d. 1866) and his wife Honoria, daughter of James Fleming MP of Stoneham Park (Hants), born 30 November 1839. Served in the Kings County Loyal Rifles (Ensign, 1859; Lt., 1862). Treasurer of Offaly, 1863-. He married 4 April 1866 at Stillorgan (Dublin), Anna Maria de Courcy (b. 1845; fl. 1895), second daughter of James Freeman Hughes of The Grove, Stillorgan, but had no issue.
He inherited the Castle Iver estate from his father in 1866, but it was sold by order of the Court of Chancery in 1885.
He died in London, 8 January 1890; his will was proved 26 February 1890 (estate £4,962).

Armstrong family of Nancealverne

Armstrong, John (1761-1835). Elder son of Warneford Armstrong (1699-1767) of Ballycumber and his third wife, Fanny (d. 1807), daughter of William Grey, born 15 September 1761. Major in 5th Dragoon Guards. He married, 6 March 1806 at St George, Hanover Square, London, Mary Anne (1781-1858), daughter and co-heir of Jonathan Gurnell of Ealing (Middx) and had issue:
(1) Mary Anne Gurnell Armstrong (1807-75), born 20 October and baptised at Uplyme (Devon), 27 October 1807; married, 27 April 1838 at Dinder (Somerset), Rev. Charles Atmore Ogilvie DD (1793-1873), Canon of Christchurch and rector of Ross and had issue two daughters; died at Redhill (Surrey), 2 October 1875;
(2) Frances Armstrong (1809-83), baptised at Queen Camel (Somerset), 28 December 1809; married, 13 October 1841 at Wookey (Somerset), Capt. Thomas Aylmer Pearson of 43rd Light Infantry, and had issue three sons and one daughter; died at Reigate (Surrey), 22 October 1883;
(3) Rev. John Armstrong (1810-62) (q.v.);
(4) William Armstrong (1813-32), perhaps baptised at Bruton (Somerset), 24 September 1813; lived at Penzance from about 1824 "with but short intervals... on account of his health"; died unmarried, 11 February 1832, and was buried at Madron (Cornwall).
He lived at Priestlands, Lymington (Hants), which was sold after his death.
He was buried at Madron (Cornwall), 1 June 1835; his will was proved in the PCC, 20 June 1835. His widow died at Upton St. Leonards (Glos), 30 June 1858; her will was proved 17 July 1858 (effects under £600).

Armstrong, Rev. John (1810-62). Only surviving son of John Armstrong (1761-1835) and his wife Mary Anne, daughter and co-heir of Jonathan Gurnell of Ealing (Middx), born 2 April 1810. Educated at Balliol College, Oxford (matriculated 1829; BA 1835; MA 1836) and travelled in Germany, Switzerland and Italy, 1833-34. Ordained deacon, 1835 and priest, 1836; Rector of Dinder (Somerset), 1836-62 and Prebendary of Wells Cathedral, 1845-62. He married, 20 October 1836 at Madron (Cornwall), Mary Anne (1817-1900), daughter of Col. John Scobell and sister and heiress of John Usticke Scobell (1804-83) of Nancealverne (Cornwall), and had issue:
(1) Mary Ann Army [sic] Armstrong (1838-1927), born Apr-Jun 1838; married, 15 April 1874 at St John, Weymouth (Dorset), Rev. George Metcalfe Fenton (1826-79) (who m1, Mary Frances, daughter of Rev. Francis Gregory) but had no issue; died in Bath (Somerset), 11 June 1927, aged 89; will proved 8 September and 8 December 1927 (estate £733);
(2) Frances Charlotte Armstrong (1839-1930), baptised at Madron (Cornwall), 13 October 1839; died unmarried, 13 October 1930, aged 91; will proved 9 December 1930 (estate £4,365);
(3) Susanna Peyton Armstrong (1840-1935), baptised at St Cuthbert, Wells (Somerset), 27 October 1840; died 16 June 1935, aged 94; will proved 30 July 1935 (estate £2,896);
(4) John Scobell Armstrong (1842-1929) (q.v.);
(5) Rev. William Armstrong (1844-80), born 17 December 1844 and baptised 2 February 1845; educated at London College of Divinity, Highbury; ordained deacon, 1874 and priest, 1875; curate of Fisherton Anger (Wilts) and later of Iver (Bucks); married, 11 January 1876 at All Saints, Highgate (Middx), Mary Georgina (1851-1919) (who m2, 1892, Edmund Ashby (1841-1934), brick manufacturer), daughter of Rev. Andrew Jukes, but had no issue; died 14 October 1880; will proved 11 December 1880 (estate under £550);
(6) Alice Constantia Gurnell Armstrong (1847-1941), baptised 18 November 1847; died unmarried, Jan-Mar 1941 aged 93;
(7) Archibald Warneford Armstrong (1850-51), baptised 11 June 1850; died in infancy, Jan-Mar 1851;
(8) Mabel Armstrong (1851-1924?), baptised 7 June 1851; probably unmarried; possibly the person of this name who died at Woodstock (Oxon), Oct-Dec 1924;
(9) George Warneford Armstrong (b. 1852), baptised 26 September 1852; probably died young;
(10) Florence Mary Armstrong (1854-1938), baptised 12 February 1854; married, 3 April 1905, Lt-Col. Bernard Arthur Beale (1845-1918) of Queen's Regiment; died 16 November 1938; will proved 3 January 1939 (estate £10,450);
(11) Edmund Archibald Armstrong (1859-1925), born 17 February and baptised 27 April 1859; educated at Haileybury, Jesus College, Cambridge (matriculated 1878; BA 1882; MA 1885) and Inner Temple (admitted 1882; called to bar 1885); barrister-at-law on Western circuit; took up journalism and was editor of Black & White and later on staff of The Lancet, writing on medico-legal issues; he also wrote stories for many other magazines and published a novel, Under the Circumstances; he was knowledgeable about modern art and was for a while manager of the Fine Art Society's galleries; married, 16 September 1890, Fanny Isabella, daughter of Rev. John Lancelot Errington (later Turbutt), vicar of Midgham (Berks) and had issue a daughter; died in London, 5 October 1925; will proved 7 December 1925 (estate £471);
(12) Agnes Margaretta Armstrong (1861-1914), baptised 26 January 1861; died unmarried, 31 March 1914; will proved 4 July 1914 (estate £2,312).
His wife inherited the Nancealverne estate from her brother in 1883.
He died 10 January 1862; administration of his goods was granted 3 February 1862 (effects under £9,000). His widow died 14 January 1900; her will was proved 3 May 1900 (effects£2,142).

Armstrong, John Scobell (1842-1929). Eldest son of Rev. John Armstrong (1810-62) and his wife, Mary Anne, daughter of Col. John Scobell, born 31 July and baptised at Dinder (Somerset), 27 October 1842. Educated at Marlborough. Served with Indian Civil Service, 1865-92, at first as magistrate in charge of the Buxar district of Bengal; and later as head of the customs department, Calcutta, 1883-92 and a Port Commissioner, 1887-92. He was a liberal in politics and held mildly republican views. He was widely read, and the author of some poetry and translations, some of which were published by his son. He married, 25 November 1865 at the British Embassy in Paris (France), Fanny Emma Elizabeth (1836-1932), only daughter of Lt. Daniel Woodruffe RN and had issue:
(1) Cecil Mary Josephine Armstrong (b. & d. 1868); born in India and died in infancy;
(2) John Warneford Scobell Armstrong (1877-1960) (q.v.).
He inherited the Nancealverne estate from his mother in 1900.
He died 6 May 1929 and was buried at Madron (Cornwall) where he is commemorated by a monument in the churchyard designed by F. Rousseau Emandel; his will was proved 9 July and 31 August 1929 (estate £34,646). His widow died 8 January 1932.

Armstrong, His Honour John Warneford Scobell (1877-1960) CBE. Only child of John Scobell Armstrong (1842-1929) of Nancealverne and his wife Fanny Emma Elizabeth, daughter of Lt. Daniel Woodruffe RN, born 1 March 1877. Educated abroad and at Inner Temple (admitted 1902; called to bar, 1905). Barrister-at-law on Western Circuit; Assistant Postal Censor, 1914-15; in military intelligence, 1915-19; Legal Adviser to Reparations Claims Dept., Board of Trade, 1920-22; County Court Judge for Plymouth and Cornwall 1940-50; Chairman of Cornwall Quarter Sessions 1945-53. Officer of Académie Francaise; appointed CBE 1920; author of The Trade Continuation Schools of Germany, 1913; War and Treaty Legislation 1914-22 affecting British property in Germany and Austria and Enemy Property in the United Kingdom, 1922; and The Taxation of Profits, 1937. Like his father he was also a poet and published Verses and Translations by JWSA and JSA, 1931; Victorian Verses, 1950; Yesterday, 1955. He married, 23 October 1926, Winifred Amy (1901-78), younger daughter of Rev. Douglas Christopher Fisher Hamilton, rector of Weston (Notts) and had issue:
(1) John Hamilton Scobell Armstrong (1927-2001) (q.v.).
He inherited the Nancealverne estate from his father in 1929.
He died 2 March 1960; his will was proved 27 June 1960 and 13 June 1961 (estate £44,049). His widow died 26 July 1978; her will was proved 17 November 1978 (estate £17,757).

Armstrong, John Hamilton Scobell (1927-2001). Only child of John Warneford Scobell Armstrong (1877-1960) of Nancealverne and his wife Winifred Amy, daughter of Rev. Douglas Christopher Fisher Hamilton of Weston (Notts), born 15 August 1927. Educated at Marlborough and Christ Church, Oxford (matriculated 1945); assistant master at Manchester Grammar School, 1956-66 and later at Eton College; author of The Paradise Myth, 1969. He married, 1950, Diana (b. 1930), daughter of Idris Deane Jones, Senior Tutor of Merton College, Oxford and had issue:
(1) Alice L. Scobell Armstrong (b. 1953), born Oct-Dec 1953;
(2) Christopher I. Scobell Armstrong (b. 1956), born Oct-Dec 1956;
(3) Gweneth M. Scobell Armstrong (b. 1960), born Oct-Dec 1960.
He inherited the Nancealverne estate from his father in 1960.
He died 25 May 2001; his will was proved 30 January 2002.


State Trials, vol. 27, pp. 259-359; Irish Architectural Archive, The architecture of Richard Morrison and William Vitruvius Morrison, 1989, pp. 31-33, 43-45; M. Bence-Jones, A guide to Irish country houses, 2nd edn., 1990, pp. 23, 84, 130, 132, 212; D.E. Pett, The parks and gardens of Cornwall, 1998, p. 54; J. Lyttleton, 'Faith of our fathers: the Gaelic aristocracy in Co. Offaly and the Counter-Reformation', in J. Lyttleton & C. Rynne, Plantation Ireland, 2009, pp. 182-206;

Location of archives

Armstrong family of Clara and Ballycumber: correspondence and papers, 1749-1827 [Trinity College, Dublin MS 11360]; diary of John Warneford Armstrong (1770-1858), 1792-1851 [Trinity College, Dublin MS 6409]
Armstrong family of Nancealverne: correspondence, family, genealogical and literary papers, 18th cent.-1959 [Cornwall RO X819]
Armstrong families of Gallen and Garry Castle: no substantial archives are known to survive.

Coat of arms

Armstrong of Ballycumber and Clara: Gules, three dexter arms vambraced proper, the fists closed.
Armstrong of Gallen, baronets: Quarterly, 1st and 4th, argent, issuing from the sinister side, a dexter arm, habited, gules, the hand grasping the trunk of an oak tree, eradicated, and broken at the top, proper; 2nd and 3rd, argent, three pallets, azure.

Can you help?

Here are a few notes about information and images which would help to improve the account above. If you can help with any of these or with other additions or corrections, please use the contact form in the sidebar to get in touch.

  • I have been unable to trace the ownership of Ballycumber House from 1878 down to the present day. Can anyone provide more information about this period of the house's history, or provide more information about the early 19th century landscaping?
  • Can anyone supply an image of Mount Armstrong House or its predecessor, now known as Mount Windsor, or more information about the architectural development or ownership history of these houses?
  • There are many gaps in the genealogical records for these families. Please contact me if you have any further information about the people mentioned, and especially if you are able to fill in any of the missing information which I normally provide. Some particular mysteries are mentioned below.
  • Can anyone supply more information about the career and family of William Bigoe Armstrong (1800-66)? He seems to have retained his Irish property but his children are curiously absent from the record and since he obviously had South American connections he may have spent much of his life abroad.
  • Can anyone provide more information about the life and family of Thomas St. George Armstrong (b. 1846) or his career as a courtier in Portugal, or explain when he sold the house at Garry Castle, or tell me about the subsequent ownership of the Garden House?

Revision and acknowledgements

This post was first published 16 August 2015 and was updated 5 November 2016 and 15 & 17 January 2017.


  1. Terrifically thorough and a very useful resource. Much appreciated. Andrew C, Wicklow.

  2. Regarding Ballycumber House. The 1857 death notice of my 3x great grandmother, Charlotte Rochfort, stated she was the daughter of the late Louis Rochfort (sometimes Lewis Rochfort/Rochford) "of Ballycumber House". I have never been able to connect Louis Rochfort to Ballycumber House otherwise. Is it possible he was an agent or tenant of the Armstrongs?

    --Thank you, Brendan O

    1. I suspect he was probably a tenant. I have found a press notice (in the Tipperary Vindicator, 11 Sept 1860) of the marriage of another of his daughters, Lizzie, to Michael O'Brien, where he is described as 'of Ballycumber House' too. It is not clear if he is the same Louis Rochfort (described as a foreigner and importer of foreign goods) who was made bankrupt in London in 1856 and discharged in 1858, but I think it doubtful.

    2. Thank you Nick. --Brendan O

  3. How can you find out if your an ancestor of the Armstrong who owned the castles

    1. To prove your relationship to the family you would need to trace back your family tree generation by generation. Unfortunately Armstrong is an extremely common name in parts of Ireland, and given the poor survival of original records, it would not be easy to demonstrate a connection. may be able to help.

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  5. I have traced back my family to Henry Armstrong (born in 1818), but I haven't found much on him: Do you know if he relates to anyone mentioned here in this post? I couldn't make any connections.

    1. Armstrong is a very common name in Ireland, unfortunately, and I haven't been able to connect your Henry to this family. However, evident South American connections do suggest there may be a link. There are Armstrong descendants in Argentina (not sure about Brazil), who might know more. Hopefully they will see this exchange and respond. Nick Kingsley

  6. My Armstrongs came to Ireland from ?Scot/Eng mid 1750's. Had a very big mansion which got aggresively burned down. The Armstrong left with clothes on there backs and a cutlery set with your coat of arms on, of which I have a fork. During my tracing I came across a proven relative who told me that same story and also had a spoon.Never new her before. The only certain names I have are Alexander Armstrong Esq (gggrandfather)born 1797? Donaghue, married 1935 in Dublin church ireland Kingston to a Jane Hosford youngest daughter of late John Hosford Esq of Cork Ireland.Alexander Armstrong & EdwardArmstrong owned th "Anglesea" Hotel in Croftin Pl Dublin from about 1834(could be earlier) till 1841and at same address there was in 1834 a Joseph. Living also in crofton pl was Richard BArmstrong and Mrs Armstrong.
    They had a son Joseph Horsford Armstrong (g grandfather) B 1837 ish Dublin Ireland.Alexander and Joseph came to Australia on 1853.Both literate. Joseph became a clerk then Policeman and Alexander Gaoler,Postmaster, Tidewaiter. Alexander died 1866 at his sons home in Fremantle WA and Joseph married 1861 had children and died 1876.
    Any help would be greatful. Iam very old and been trying to trace for a long time. Did my Dna about 5 years ago
    Cheers Jeanie

    1. My apologies for not publishing this or replying earlier, but your message went into my Spam filter and I only just found it by chance. I don't think I can connect your family directly with those above, but hopefully another reader will know more. Nick Kingsley

  7. What connection had these Armstrongs to the Armstongs of Oldcastle / Lough Gowna region, and the parent house in Fermanagh?

    A branch of Oldcastle settled in St Croix in the USVI and had business dealings there. To spite Penal Laws they were kind to Catholics and gave them all business opportunities open to their class, including sadly hiring locals from Meath, North Longford and Cavan as Plantation Agents / overseeers - a polite term for slave drivers.

    1. All I have been able to discover about the origins of the Armstrong families I discuss is included above. Unfortunately, Armstrong is a very common name and although the various settlers who came from Scotland to Ireland in the early 17th century were probably connected, closely or distantly, I fear it would be very difficult - if not impossible - to demonstrate these connections now.

  8. We currently live in the original house built by charles armstrong in kildare..


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