Armstrong of Mealiffe and Chaffpool
ARMSTRONG, GEORGE-DE LA POER, Esq. of Mealiffe, co. Tipperary, and Chaffpool, co. Sligo; s. his father 2 Dec. 1846.
Lineage.-The Armstrongs of the Border were at the head of a numerous and warlike clan, the most famous of whose chieftains was John Armstrong, of Gilnockie in the parish of Canonby, Eskdale. A branch was settled in Lincolnshire, and from that sprang
SIR THOMAS ARMSTRONG, Knt., b. at Nimeguen, in Holland, who was a great sufferer in the royal cause, and was very active for CHARLES II. before the Restoration. His enterprising spirit excited the jealousy of Cromwell, who threw him into prison and even threatened his life. He engaged subsequently with all the zeal that was natural to him in the service of the Duke of Monmouth; finding himself obnoxious to the court, he fled the kingdom and went to Holland, and his flight was soon followed by outlawry. He was seized abroad and sent to London, where he was condemned by Chief Justice Jeffries, and executed at Tyburn, without a trial and with peculiar circumstances of rigour. The attainder was eventually reversed. Sir Thomas left no male issue. His brother,
CAPT. WILLIAM ARMSTRONG, founder of the Armstrong family in Tipperary, went over to Ireland shortly after the battle of Worcester, and settled in the old castle at Farney bridge, near Thurles, where he was followed by his brother's widow, Lady Armstrong. William Armstrong was captain of the troop of horse attached to the Tipperary militia, in 1688. He m. Alice, dau. of Sir Thomas Deane of Co. of Suffolk, and by her had issue, two sons, viz,
JOHN, of Farney Castle, ancestor of the ARMSTRONGS of Mount Heaton; King's county, and of Farney Castle, co. Tipperary.
The second son,
THOMAS ARMSTRONG, Esq. of Mealiffe, high sheriff co.Tipperary, temp. Queen ANNE, m a dau. of Robert Carew, Esq. of Ballinamona, and was ancestor of the ARMSTRONGS of Mealiffe and Chaffpool. The grandfather of the present possessor of Mealiffe,
THE REV. WILLIAM ARMSTRONG, of Mealiffe, m. in 1791, the Hon. Catharine-Eleanor Beresford, eldest dau. of William, Lord Decies, Archbishop of Tuam, and by her, who d. in 1837, left at his decease, May, 1839, a son and successor,
JOHN ARMSTRONG, Esq. of Mealiffe, who m. Catherine, dau. and heir of T. Somers, Esq. of Chaffpool, co. Sligo, and had by her, besides two sons, deceased, viz., Captain William Armstrong, who m. Mademoiselle de Labrosse, and d. 7 March, 1849, and Thomas, lieut, 60th rifles, who d. 7 June, 1847, four other sons, still surviving, viz.,
GEORGE-DE LA POER, now of Mealiffe and Chaffpoole.
James-W., lieut. R.N.
Edward-Marcus, lieut. 55th regt.
Mr. Armstrong d. 2 Dec. 1846.
Arms-Gu., three arms in armour vambraced, hands ppr.
Crest-An armed hand and arm; in the hand a leg and foot, in rich armour, couped at the thigh.
Motto-Vi et armis.
Seats-Mealiffe, Thurles; and Chaffpool, Ballymote.
a.k.a. Burke's Landed Gentry, 1862