Dufferin Family

Biography/History

The Blackwoods, of Scottish settler stock, had established themselves in Co. Down by the early 17th century; by the late 18th century they were prominent landowners with properties in Killyleagh, Ballyleidy (Clandeboye), Ballyholme and Ballywalter. As Barons Dufferin they entered the peerage after the Act of Union. The most distinguished member of the family was Frederick Temple Hamilton-Temple Blackwood, 5th Baron Dufferin and 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava, a statesman of international standing, world traveller, sailor and author whose mother, Helen, was the granddaughter of Richard Brinsley Sheridan. At the beginning of the 21st century, the Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava resides at Clandeboye, Bangor, Co. Down