This family formerly resided in Scotland, but settled about four centuries ago at Burt House, County Donegal.
THE REV ANDREW FERGUSON (1655-1725), of Burt House, County Donegal, a Presbyterian minister, established himself in Ulster, and left issue by his wife Sarah,
John, his heir;His third son,
ANDREW (Rev), of Burt;
Dorcas; Ann; a daughter.
THE REV ANDREW FERGUSON (c1699-1787), married and had issue,
JOHN FERGUSON (1730-95), of Londonderry,
Said to be a poor Londonderry surgeon or apothecary who, according to a later election squib, "had the shop in the whole of the wal [hole in the wall?] with three shillings worth of medicine."He wedded Sarah Harvey and had issue,
Robert;The surviving son,
ANDREW, of whom presently;
ANDREW FERGUSON (1761-1808), Banker, of The Farm, Londonderry, Mayor of Londonderry, 1796-98, MP (in the Caledon interest), 1798-1800.
Mr Ferguson was created a baronet in 1801, denominated of The Farm, County Londonderry, perhaps in belated compensation for the loss of his seat (which went briefly to his brother-in-law Henry Alexander) after the Union.
He married Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Alexander, of Boom Hall, in the same city (niece of the Earl of Caledon), and had issue,
John, died young;Sir Andrew died in an accident caused by his driving ‘with incautious rapidity over a bridge wanting some repairs’ in 1808, when his younger son Harvey (d 1824) survived unhurt.
ROBERT ALEXANDER, his heir;
Anne, m Lt-Col Wm Blacker;
Jane, m H Montgomery, of Benvarden;
Sarah, m Rev W Knox (son of Bishop Knox);
Eliza, m J G Smyly.
He was succeeded by his only surviving son,
SIR ROBERT ALEXANDER FERGUSON (1796-1860), 2nd Baronet, of The Farm, County Londonderry, and Castlederg, County Tyrone, High Sheriff of Donegal, 1818, High Sheriff of Tyrone, 1825, MP for Londonderry City, 1831-60, Lord-Lieutenant of County Londonderry, 1840-60.
Sir Robert died unmarried, in 1860, when the title expired.
|Statue of 2nd Baronet in Brooke Park, Londonderry|
It was subsequently acquired by the McFarlands prior to demolition for a housing development.
Dean, in his excellent Gate Lodges of Ulster gazetteer, describes it thus:
For many years the residence of Sir Robert Ferguson, long-standing MP for the city. His lodge, square Georgian house with noble Grecian portico, and "adjacent Pleasure ground, tout ensemble of the home view" have all been overrun by city sprawl.First published in April, 2013.