The McCalmont family came from Abbeylands, White Abbey, County Antrim. Major General Sir Hugh McCalmont leased Mount Juliet house and demesne from the Earl of Carrick in the first decade of the 20th century. They purchased the house and property a short time later in 1914. Even before they purchased the demesne, they continued to maintain and improve the house and the grounds. Sir Hugh was married to Lady Rose Bingham, the third daughter of the Earl of Clanmorris, in 1885.
 The remarkable Bingham family descended from George Bingham, the military governor of Sligo during the latter years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth. George’s descendants went on to become the Earls of Lucan and Clanmorris and were connected through marriage with every titled family in the west of Ireland. George himself was one of the great adventurers of the Elizabethan period of the same ilk as Cosby of Laois, Masterson of Ferns, Hartpole of Carlow, Colclough of Tintern and Wallop of Enniscorthy.
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