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Cloncurry, Baron (I, 1789 - 1929)


Creation: let.pat. 29 Sep 1789


Extinct: 18 Jul 1929


Family name: Lawless




Argent on a Chief indented Sable three Garbs Or


Out of a Ducal Coronet Or a Demi-Man in Armour in profile his Visor closed holding in his Right Hand a Sword all proper the helmet adorned with a Plume of three Feathers the exterior two Gules the centre one Argent


Dexter:  A Bull Sable armed and unguled Argent;  Sinister:  A Ram Argent armed and unguled Or


Virtute Et Numine



Nicholas [Lawless], 1st Baron Cloncurry

1st son and heir of Robert Lawless, of the City of Dublin, by his wife Mary Hadsor, dau. of Dominick Hadsor, of Dublin, merchant


3 Dec 1733


13 Oct 1761 Margaret Browne (b. 24 Aug 1748; d. 10 Feb 1795; bur. at Crumlin, co. Dublin), dau. and hrss. of Valentine Browne, of Dublin, brewer


1. Hon Valentine Browne Lawless, later 2nd Baron Cloncurry

1. Hon Mary Catherine Lawless (d. 18 Oct 1831), mar. 20 Jun 1803 Thomas Whaley, of Whaley Abbey (d. 2 Nov 1806)

2. Hon Valentina Alicia Lawless (d. 4 Feb 1844), mar. 4 Jun 1801 Hon Sir Francis Nathaniel Pierpoint Conyngham later Burton Conyngham GCH, Member of Parliament for co. Clare 1790-1827, Governor of Lower Canada 1808-25 (b. 26 Dec 1766; d. 27 Jan 1832), 2nd son of Francis Pierpoint [Burton later Conyngham], 2nd Baron Conyngham, by his wife Elizabeth Clements, sister of Robert [Clements], 1st Earl of Leitrim, and dau. of Rt Hon Nathaniel Clements MP, by his wife Hannah Gore, dau. of Very Rev William Gore, Dean of Down, and had issue

3. Hon Charlotte Louisa Lawless (b. 21 Jan 1769; d. 10 Jun 1818), mar. 20 Jun 1803 as his first wife Edward Wadding [Plunket], 14th Baron Dunsany, and had issue


28 Aug 1799 (bur. at Crumlin, co. Dublin)


6 Aug 1776 a Baronet of Ireland

29 Sep 1789 Baron Cloncurry, of Cloncurry in the County of Kildare

suc. by



born a Catholic but conformed to the Established Church;  Member of Parliament for Lifford 1776-89


Valentine Browne [Lawless], 2nd Baron Cloncurry, PC


19 Aug 1773

mar. (1)

16 Apr 1803 (dissolvd by Act of Parliament 26 Jun 1811) Elizabeth Georgiana Morgan (mar. (2) Jun 1819 Rev John Sandford, Rector of Nynehead, co. Somerset), yst. dau. of Lieut General Charles Morgan, Commander-in-Chief in the East Indies

children by first wife

1. Hon Valentine Anne Lawless (b. 1805; dvp. 24 Jan 1825)

1. Hon Mary Margaret Lawless, mar. (1) 30 Sep 1820 (disssolved by Act of Paliament) John Michael Henry, Baron de Robeck, and (2) 3 Apr 1828 Lord Sussex Lennox (b. 11 Jun 1802;  d. 12 Apr 1874), 6th son of Charles [Lennox], 4th Duke of Richmond, by his wife Lady Charlotte Gordon, sister and heiress of line of George [Gordon], 5th Duke of Gordon, and 1st dau. by his first wife of Alexander [Gordon], 4th Duke of Gordon, and had issue by her second husband

mar. (2)

30 Jun 1811 Emily Leeson (widow of Hon Joseph Leeson; d. 15 Jun 1841), 3rd dau. of Archibald Douglas of Durnock, by his wife Mary Crosbie, dau. of Sir Paul Crosbie, 4th Bt., of Crosbie Park, co. Wicklow

children by second wife

2. Hon Edward Lawless, later 3rd Baron Cloncurry

3. Hon Cecil John Lawless MP (b. 1 Aug 1820; dsp. and vp. 5 Nov 1853), mar. 7 Feb 1848 Frances Georgiana Digby (widow of John William Digby, of Landenstown; mar. (3) 12 Jun 1856 Andrew Browne, of Mount Hazel, co. Galway; d. 1890), dau. of Morris Townshend, of Shepperton, co. Cork

2. Hon Valentina Maria Lawless (b. 18 Jun 1815; dvp. young)


28 Oct 1853 (bur. at Lyons Castle, co. Kildare)


14 Sep 1831 Baron Cloncurry, of Cloncurry in the County of Kildare (Peerage of the United Kingdom)

suc. by

son by second wife


a member of "the Society of United Irishmen" opposing the projected Union and all other Government measures; was imprisoned for six weeks in 1798, and again in 1799 for a two years, on suspicion of treason; took part in defeating a loyal address to King George IV to have been sent by the county of Dublin 1821; Privy Councillor [I] 1831


Edward [Lawless], 3rd Baron Cloncurry


13 Sep 1816


17 Sep 1839 Elizabeth Kirwan (d. 8 May 1895), dau .and hrss. of John Kirwan, of Castle Hacket, co. Galway, by his wife Penelope Burke, dau. of John Hardiman Burke, of St Clerans, co. Galway


1. Hon Valentine Lawless, later 4th Baron Cloncurry

2. Col Hon Edward Lawless (b. 13 Sep 1841;  dsp. 24 Apr 1921), mar. 16 Jun 1880 Mary Burton, dau. of Rev Benjamin Burton, of Burton Hall, co. Carlow

3. John Henry Lawless (b. 1842; dvp. 1846)

4. Hon Frederick Lawless, later 5th Baron Cloncurry

5. Maj Hon Denis Lawless (b. 17 Jul 1854; d. 5 Oct 1900)

1. Hon Emily Lawless (d. 19 Oct 1913)

2. Hon Elizabeth Lawless

3. Hon Rose Lawless (d. 9 Nov 1891)

4. Hon Mary Lawless (d. 20 Jun 1885), mar. 28 Apr 1877 William Blacker, of Castle Martin, co. Kildare (d. 21 Nov 1907), and had issue


4 Apr 1869, having thrown himself out of a window at Lyons Castle

suc. by



Sheriff of co. Kildare 1838, and of co. Dublin 1846


Valentine [Lawless], 4th Baron Cloncurry


2 Nov 1840


23 Jan 1883 Hon Laura Sophia Priscilla Winn (d. 29 Oct 1891), 1st dau. of Rowland [Winn], 1st Baron Saint Oswald, by his wife Harriet Maria Amelia Dumaresq, 2nd dau. of Col Henry Dumaresq, by his wife Lady Elizabeth Sophia Butler-Danvers (granted the precedence of an Earl's daughter by Royal Warrant 1848), 1st dau. by his second wife of Hon Augustus Richard Butler later Butler-Danvers, and half-sister of George John Danvers [Butler-Danvers], 5th Earl of Lanesborough


1. Hon Mary Hermione awless (b. 23 May 1886; dvp. 20 Nov 1922)

2. Hon Kathleen Emily Marie Lawless (b. 28 Mar 1888; d. 19...)


s.p.m. 12 Feb 1928

suc. by



Sheriff of co. Kildare 1867


Frederick [Lawless], 5th Baron Cloncurry


20 Apr 1847


18 Jul 1929


served on the staff of two Lords Lieutenant of Ireland; a Governor of the National Gallery of Ireland


On the death of the 5th Baron Cloncurry both the Barony and Baronetcy of Cloncurry became extinct.


First written 8 Feb 2013



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