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FIRST LORD CHIEF JUSTICE OF NORTHERN IRELAND
THE RT HON SIR DENIS STANISLAUS HENRY (1864-1925), 1st Baronet, KBE, was born at Draperstown, County Londonderry, the son of James Henry, a prosperous businessman.
He married, in 1910, Violet, daughter of the Rt Hon Hugh Holmes, Lord Justice of Appeal in Ireland, and had issue,
- Londonderry MP 1916-21
- Solicitor-General for Ireland 1918-19
- Attorney-General for Ireland 1919-21
- Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland 1921-25
- Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE)
JAMES HOLMES, of whom hereafter;Sir Denis's eldest son,
DENIS VALENTINE, father of the 3rd Baronet;
Denise Olive; Alice Ellen; Lorna Mary.
SIR JAMES HOLMES HENRY (1911-97), 2nd Baronet, CMG MC TD, wedded firstly, in 1941, Susan Mary, daughter of Arthur Blackwell; and secondly, in 1949, Christina Hilary, daughter of Sir Hugh Oliver Holmes KBE CMG MC QC.
Sir James also followed a distinguished legal career as a barrister, legal draftsman, Solicitor-General and Attorney-General of Cyprus; and military service during the 2nd World War. He lived at Hampton-on-Thames, Middlesex.Dying in 1997, he left issue, four daughters, viz.
Teresa Violet;Sir Denis died without male issue and the title revolved upon his cousin,
SIR PATRICK DENIS HENRY (b 1957), 3rd Baronet, who lives near Leeds.
The Rath was formerly the residence of Sir Denis.
It also served as sometime parochial house for Draperstown.
As well as the main residence, The Rath also includes the coachman’s cottage to the rear, which served as the servants' quarters for the house.
Former town residence ~ 49 Wellington Park, Belfast.
First published in July, 2010.