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Clermont, Earl of (I, 1777 - 1806)


Creation: let.pat. 10 Feb 1777


Extinct: 30 Sep 1806


Family name: Fortescue




Azure a Bend engrailed Argent cotised Or


A Leopard passant proper resting the dexter forepaw on an Escutcheon Argent


On either side a Moose Deer proper crined Or each gorged with a Collar of Trefoils Vert


 Forte scutum salus ducum



Thomas Fortescue MP, of Randalstown, Co. Louth

son of William Fortescue, of Newrath, by his wife Margaret Gernon, dau. of Nicholas Gernon, of Miltoun



Elizabeth Hamilton (d. 12 Aug 1756), sister of James [Hamilton], 1st Earl of Clanbrassil, and only dau. of James Hamilton, of Tollymore, co. Down, Governor of co. Down, by his wife Hon Anne Mordaunt, sister of Charles [Mordaunt], 3rd Earl of Peterborough, and 3rd dau. of John [Mordaunt], 1st Viscount Mordaunt


1. William Henry Fortescue, later 1st Baron Clermont later 1st Viscount Clermont later 1st Earl of Clermont

2. Rt Hon James Fortescue MP, of Ravensdale Park, co. Louth (b. 15 May 1725; d. 1782), mar. Henrietta Hunter, 1st dau. of Thomas Orby Hunter, of Crowland Abbey, co. Lincoln, and had issue:

1a. Thomas Fortescue MP (d. 1795)

2a. William Charles Fortescue, later 2nd Viscount Clermont

1a. Hon Maria Fortescue (d. c. 1853), mar. (1) Capt ..... Sloper, and (2) Col George Francis Barlow, of The Manor House, Hampton-on-Thames, and had issue by both husbands

2a. Hon Charlotte Fortescue (d. 10 Aug 1849), mar. 30 Nov 1796 Sir Harry Goodricke, 6th Bt., of Ribston, co. York, and had issue

3a. Hon Emily Fortescue, mar. 1811 Capt Charles Grantham RN, of Ketton (dsp. 21 Dec 1859)

3. Matthew Fortescue (b. 7 Nov 1726)

4. John Fortescue (b. 28 Feb 1730)


Feb 1769


Member of Parliament for Dundalk


William Henry [Fortescue], 1st Baron Clermont later 1st Viscount Clermont later 1st Earl of Clermont, KP PC


5 Aug 1722


29 Feb 1752 Frances Cairnes Murray (dspm. 3 Dec 1820), 1st dau. and cohrss. of Col John Murray, Member of Parliament for co. Monaghan, by his wife Mary Blayney, widow of Cadwallader [Blayney], 7th Baron Blayney, and dau. and hrss. of Sir Alexander Cairnes, 1st Bt.

only child

1. Lady Louisa Fortescue, mar. 21 Sep 1778 Rev ..... Harrington


d.s.p.m. 30 Sep 1806


26 May 1770 Baron Clermont, of Clermont in the County of Louth

23 Jul 1776 Baron and Viscount Clermont, of Clermont in the County of Louth, with a special remainder failing his issue male to his brother, James Fortescue

10 Feb 1777 Earl of Clermont


Member of Parliament for co. Louth 1745-61 and 1761, for Monaghan Borough 1761-70 and for Dundalk 1768; Sheriff of co. Louth 1764; Privy Councillor [I] 1755; Postmaster General of Ireland 1764-84; Governor of co. Monaghan 1775-1806; Custos Rotulorum of co. Monaghan 1775-1805; Customer and Controller of the Port of Dublin 1784-1806; Knight of St Patrick 1795


On the death of the 1st Earl of Clermont the Earldom of Clermont and the 1770 Barony of Clermont became extinct and the Viscountcy and Barony of Clermont created in 1776 were inherited by his nephew, William Charles Fortescue.


 First written 21 Oct 2004



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