Hill Family of Brook Hall, Londonderry

Biography/History

The Hills descend from Samuel Hill, Cromwell's Treasurer for Ireland, and prospered through judicious marriages. Sir George Fitzgerald Hill, 2nd Bt (1763-1839) was particularly prominent in local life. He held numerous official positions serving as MP for Coleraine, 1791-1795, Recorder of Londonderry from 1791, MP for Londonderry City (in succession to his father), 1795-1801 and 1802-1830, and for Co. Londonderry, 1801-1802, captain-commandant of the Londonderry Yeoman Legion from 1796, major and lieutenant-colonel of the Co. Londonderry Militia, 1797-1822, and briefly and contentiously, its colonel, 1822-1823. For the short period 1798-1801, Hill held the lucrative sinecure of Clerk of the Irish Parliament and received a pension of œ2,265 in the latter year in compensation for its abolition. His most important offices were Lordship of the Irish Treasury from 1807-1817, and the Vice-Treasurership for Ireland, 1817-1830.