26th Generation

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."

Catherine Eglantine BLAIR of Blair (private).

Matthew FORTESCUE of Stephenstown and Catherine Eglantine BLAIR of Blair had the following children:



Charles Matthew FORTESCUE of Stephenstown91 was born in 1813. He died in 1814.



Lieu-Colonel John Charles William FORTESCUE of Stephenstown.



Major Frederick Richard Norman FORTESCUE of Stephenstown.



William Hamilton FORTESCUE of Stephenstown91 was born on 17 December 1824. He died in 1858. Died unmarried



Clermont Matthew Augustus FORTESCUE91 was born on 24 March 1829. He died on 8 September 1834 in Stephenstown, County Louth, Ireland.