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Sir Cecil William Francis Stafford-King-Harman, 2nd Baronet (6 December 1895[1]–1987) was an Anglo-Irish landowner and soldier. He was born Cecil Stafford, the second son of Sir Thomas Stafford, 1st Baronet and his wife Frances Agnes, daughter of Edward King-Harman.[2] In 1933 Cecil added his mother's surname to his father's.[2] His elder brother, Edward Charles Stafford King Harman, was killed in the First World War.[3]

Cecil graduated from Oxford, receiving an M.A. in agriculture in 1922.[1] He married Sarah Beatrice Acland, daughter of Alfred Dyke Acland.[4] Their son Thomas Edward Stafford-King-Harman (1921–1944) was killed in the Normandy Campaign.[5] Their daughters were MI6 agent Joan Stafford-King-Harman (1918–2018) and artist Ann Stafford King-Harman (1919–1969). On his father's death in 1935, Cecil succeeded to the baronetcy;[4] it became extinct on his death in 1987.

In 1937 he followed his father as a steward of the Irish Turf Club.[6] He was a member of the Church of Ireland and from 1939 a lay member of the diocesan synod for Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh.[7] Previously a captain in the yeomanry, during the Second World War Stafford-King-Harman served in the King's Royal Rifle Corps from 7 May 1940[8] until 2 April 1943, when as temporary lieutenant-colonel he relinquished his command due to ill health and was granted honorary rank of major.[9] After the death of Sir John Keane in 1956, Seán T. O'Kelly, the President of Ireland, appointed Stafford-King-Harman to the Council of State.[10] The family estate was the Rockingham Estate in the north of County Roscommon. The house was gutted by fire in September 1957 while Stafford-King-Harman was at Doncaster Racecourse.[11] Lacking the funds to rebuild the house, he sold the remaining estate of 2,400 acres (970 ha) at auction in 1959.[12] It was bought by the Land Commission and much of it is now Lough Key Forest Park.[12][13]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Montague-Smith, Patrick W. (1980) (in en). Debrett's peerage and baronetage. Debrett's. p. B-382. ISBN 9780905649207. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Copy of grant of arms ... to Capt. Cecil William Francis Stafford of Rockingham, Co. Roscommon" (in English). National Library of Ireland. http://sources.nli.ie/Record/MS_UR_042885. Retrieved 25 April 2019. 
  3. "Strokestown House, Co. Roscommon: Married Three Months". BBC. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03fyn5m. Retrieved 25 April 2019. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Who's Who (121st ed.). London: Adam and Charles Black. 1969. p. 2648. ISBN 0713609435. https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.120573/page/n2648. Retrieved 25 April 2019. 
  5. "Lieutenant Thomas Edward Stafford-King-Harman". http://www.fallenheroesofnormandy.org/Servicemen/Detail/5209. 
  6. "New Racing Steward Sir C. S. King-Harman". The Irish Times. 23 April 1937. p. 4. https://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/archive/1937/0423/Pg004.html#Ar00408. 
  7. "Elphin and Ardagh Diocesan Synod". The Irish Times. 14 July 1939. p. 4. https://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/archive/1939/0714/Pg004.html#Ar00409. ; "Kilmore Diocesan Synod". The Irish Times. 12 July 1956. p. 7. https://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/archive/1956/0712/Pg007.html#Ar00716. 
  8. "Regular Army; Emergency Commissions, etc.". 25 June 1940. p. 3849. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/34880/supplement/3849. 
  9. "Regular Army; Emergency Commissions, etc.". 2 April 1943. p. 1513. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/35962/supplement/1513. 
  10. "Questions. Oral Answers. — Council of State." (in en-ie). Oireachtas. 4 December 1957. https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/debates/debate/dail/1957-12-04/2/. Retrieved 25 April 2019. 
  11. McDonagh, Marese (31 July 2014). "Grandfather’s gateposts saved from Rockingham open doors to art" (in en). The Irish Times. https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/grandfather-s-gateposts-saved-from-rockingham-open-doors-to-art-1.1882951. Retrieved 25 April 2019. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 "The Boyle’d Pot ; Marking the anniversary of Rockingham House fire". 16 September 2016. http://www.boyletoday.com/the-boyled-pot-16916/. Retrieved 25 April 2019. 
  13. Peavoy, Tadhg (15 September 2018). "Roscommon’s great outdoors" (in en). The Irish Times. https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/tv-radio-web/roscommon-s-great-outdoors-1.3626768. Retrieved 25 April 2019. ; "Park and Historical Estate". https://loughkey.ie/activities/park-and-estate/. Retrieved 25 April 2019. 

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