757. Matthew FORTESCUE of Stephenstown91 was born on 3 September 1791. He died on 22 January 1845. He was defeated by five votes for the second seat of County Louth in the General Election of 1826. He published a small volume of poems.
A small look at their life is provided by William O'Grady Haly who subsequently became a Lt General and died in 1878. As a young Officer in the 47th Foot he was stationed at Castle Blaney. In a letter to his mother he writes "I left Louth for Newry on the 9th of January, 1932 after having there spent a most pleasant time in the best neighbourhood I have yet got into, all persons of very large properties and fine hospitable [illegible] my greatest patron was Mathew Fortescue of Stephenstown. He is one of the most gentlemanlike men. I suppose I dine there on an average three times a week. C'est chez ce monsieur que fleuret [?] l'heritieres [?] dont [?] j'ai parle mais la demoiselle n'ai que quatorze ans et est encore dans la nursery. I only saw her once or twice after dinner or after tea. She was sent off to bed. Mr F has a very nice young family, the eldest boy about 11 years old. He has the Louth fox hounds and makes his little boys hunt on ponys and I assure you that they ride as boldly as any person in that field to the great terror of their good Maman. I had the two little fellows at my barrack one day four miles from Stephenstown and was quite delighted seeing their surprise at every thing. I gave them as [illegible] a lunch as my situation admitted [illegible] le produit de ma chasse and rode home with them to dine there [illegible] several invites to go there for a few days which our Irish as [sic] not permitted [?] me to avail myself of."
Matthew FORTESCUE of Stephenstown and Catherine Eglantine BLAIR of Blair had the following children: