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Dunsany, Baron (I, 1462)

 

Creation: let. pat. c.1462

 

Family name: Plunkett

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Arms:

Sable a Bend and in sinister chief a Tower Argent

Crest:

A Horse passant Argent

Supporters:

Dexter:  A Pegasus per fess Or and Argent;  Sinister:  An Antelope Argent armed unguled plain collared and chained Or

Motto:

Festina Lente (Quick, without impetuosity)

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Christopher [Plunkett], 1st Baron Dunsany

uncle of Christopher [Plunkett], 1st Baron Killeen, and 2nd son of Sir Christopher Plunkett, of Rathregan, co. Meath, Sheriff of Meath, by his wife Joan de Cusack, dau. and hrss. of Sir Luke de Cusack, of Killeen and Dunsany, co. Meath

born

c.1410

mar. (1)

Anne FitzGerald, dau. and hrss. of Richard FitzGerald, of Ballysonan, co. Kildare (by his wife Julia Wellesley, widow of Richard Wellesley and dau. of Nicholas de Castlemartin), (illegit?) son of Gerald FitzMaurice [FitzGerald], 5th Earl of Kildare, by his first wife (?sic) Margaret Rochfort, dau. and hrss. of Sir John Rochfort, of Tobernea, co. Limerick

children by first wife

1. Richard Plunkett, later 2nd Baron Dunsany

2. ..... Plunkett

3. ..... Plunkett

4. ..... Plunkett

mar. (2)

Elizabeth Preston, sister of Robert [Preston], 1st Viscount Gormanston, and dau. of Christopher [Preston], 3rd Baron Gormanston, by his wife Jane D'Artois, dau. of Sir Jenico D'Artois

died

c.1462 or 1463 (bur. at Killeen)

created

after 4 Mar 1461/2 Baron Dunsany

suc. by

son by first wife

 

Richard [Plunkett], 2nd Baron Dunsany

born

mar.

 Joan FitzEustace, dau. and cohrss. of Rowland [FitzEustace], 1st Baron Portlester, by his 1st wife Elizabeth Brune, dau. of John Brune

children

1. John Plunkett, later 3rd Baron Dunsany

died

bef. 1482

suc. by

son

 

John [Plunkett], 3rd Baron Dunsany

born

mar.

Catharine Hussey, dau. of ..... Hussey, Feudal Lord of Galtrim

children

1. Edward Plunkett, later 4th Baron Dunsany

died

c.1500

suc. by

son

note

one of the 13 knights of the Irish Order of St George 1472; had a general pardon 1488, probably in connection with Lambert Simnel's conspiracy; one of the 15 Irish peers summoned to Greenwich in 1489 by King Henry VIII

 

Edward [Plunkett], 4th Baron Dunsany

born

mar.

Anne de Bermingham, dau. and hrss. of Philip de Bermingham, by his wife Ellen Strangways, dau. and cohrss. of Nicholas Strangways, Chief Remembrancer of the Irish Exchequer

children

1. Hon Robert Plunkett, later 5th Baron Dunsany

died

24 Jan 1520/1 (bur. in the church at Dunsany)

suc. by

son

note

killed fighting the rebels O'Connor and O'Carroll

 

Robert [Plunkett], 5th Baron Dunsany

born

mar. (1)

Eleanor D'Arcy, dau. of Sir William D'Arcy, of Platten, co. Meath, by his wife Hon ..... St Lawrence, dau. of Christopher [St Lawrence], 1st Baron Howth

children by first wife

1. Hon Christopher Plunkett, later 6th Baron Dunsany

2. Hon Elizabeth Plunkett, mar. Hon Walter FitzGerald, 7th son of Gerald FitzMaurice [FitzGerald], 8th Earl of Kildare, by his second wife Elizabeth St John, dau. of Sir Oliver St John, of Lydiard Tregoze, co. Wiltshire, and had issue

3. Hon ..... Plunkett

4. Hon ..... Plunkett

1. Hon ..... Plunkett

2. Hon ..... Plunkett

3. Hon ..... Plunkett

4. Hon ..... Plunkett

5. Hon ..... Plunkett

6. Hon ..... Plunkett

7. Hon ..... Plunkett

8. Hon ..... Plunkett

9. Hon ..... Plunkett

mar. (2)

Genet Shillenford (widow of Alderman Robert Shillenford;  mar. (3) James Luttrell, son and heir ap. of Sir Thomas Luttrell, of Luttrellstown;  mar. (4) Sir Thomas Cusack, Lord Chancellor of Ireland;  mar. (5) bef. 1579 Sir John Plunkett, of Dunsoghly, Chief Justice of the Queen's Bench 1562-82;  d. 23 Feb 1597; bur. at Morechurch, co. Meath), dau. of William Sarsfield, Alderman of Dublin

children by second wife

5. Hon ..... Plunkett

6. Hon ..... Plunkett

died

1559

suc. by

son by first wife

 

Christopher [Plunkett], 6th Baron Dunsany

born

mar.

Elizabeth Barnewall (mar. (2) .... O'Reilly), dau. of Sir Christopher Barnewall, of Crickstown, by his wife Hon Catharine Fleming, only surv. dau. of Christopher [Fleming], 13th Baron Slane

children

1. Hon Patrick Plunkett, later 7th Baron Dunsany

died

between 29 May 1564 and 28 Aug 1565

suc. by

son

 

Patrick [Plunkett], 7th Baron Dunsany

born

mar.

Mary Barnewall, 11th dau. of Sir Christopher Barnewall, of Turvey, by his wife Marion Sherle, dau. of Patrick Sherle, of Shallon, co. Meath

died

17 Mar 1601/2

children

1. Hon Christopher Plunkett, later 8th Baron Dunsany

suc. by

son

note

his wardship was granted to Sir Christopher Barnewall 1565; Governor of the Barony of Kells 1599; took an active part against the Irish rebels 1600

 

Christopher [Plunkett], 8th Baron Dunsany

born

mar.

bef.1595 Maud Babington (d. 19 Mar 1609), dau. of Henry Babington, of Dethick, co. Derby, by his first wife Frances Markham, dau. of Sir John Markham

children

1. Hon Patrick Plunkett, later 9th Baron Dunsany

died

15 Dec 1603 (bur. at Dunsany)

suc. by

son

 

Patrick [Plunkett], 9th Baron Dunsany

born

c.1595

mar.

bef. 1634 Jane Heneage, dau. of Sir Thomas Heneage, of Hainton, co. Lincoln, by his wife Barbara Guilford, dau. of Sir Thomas Guilford

children

1. Hon Edward Plunkett (dvp. May 1668), mar. Lady Catherine MacDonnel, 4th dau. of Randal [MacDonnel], 1st Earl of Antrim, by his wife Lady Alice O'Neill, dau. of Hugh [O'Neill], 1st Earl of Tyrone, and had issue:

1a. Christopher Plunkett, later 10th Baron Dunsany

2a. Randall Plunkett, later 11th Baron Dunsany

died

aft. May 1668

suc. by

grandson

note

despite denying any involvement in the 1641-43 rebellion, he surrendered to the Earl of Ormonde in 1641/2, was imprisoned in Dublin Castle, and steps taken to indict him for high treason; at the Restoration of King Charles II some of his lands were restored to him

 

Christopher [Plunkett], 10th Baron Dunsany

born

died

1690

suc. by

brother

note

he had a pension of £100 a year 1687; sat in the Irish Parliament of King James II 1689

 

Randall [Plunkett], 11th Baron Dunsany

born

mar. (1)

betw. 1678 and 1681 Ann Taaffe (widow of Theobald [Taaffe], 1st Earl of Carlingford;  dsp. bef. 1711), dau. of Sir William Pershall, of Suggenhill, co. Stafford, by his second wife Hon Frances Aston, 3rd dau. of Walter [Aston], 1st Lord Aston of Forfar

mar. (2)

May 1711 Bridget Fleming (b. Apr 1689), only child by his first wife of Robert Fleming, of Stahalmock, co. Meath

children by second wife

1. Hon Edward Plunkett, later 12th Baron Dunsany

died

16 Mar 1735

suc. by

son by second wife

note

outlawed as a supporter of King James II 1691, but restored by the Treaty of Limerick

 

Edward [Plunkett], 12th Baron Dunsany

born

1713

mar.

Aug 1734 Mary Allen, 1st dau. and cohrss. of Francis Allen MP, of St Wolstans, co. Kildare, by his wife Frances White, dau. of Charles White, of Leixlip

children

1. Hon Randall Plunkett, later 13th Baron Dunsany

1. Hon Bridget Plunkett, mar. Hugh McGuire, of Kelston

2. Hon Rose Plunkett, mar. Marquis de Carondelet

died

9 Jun 1781

suc. by

son

note

conformed to the Established Church 1735

 

Randall [Plunkett], 13th Baron Dunsany

born

Mar 1738/9

mar. (1)

12 Aug 1771 Margaret Mandeville (widow of Edward Mandeville, of Ballydine, co. Tipperary;  d. 12 Sep 1791), dau. of Edward Archdekin, of co. Kilkenny

children by first wife

1. Hon Edward Wadding Plunkett, later 14th Baron Dunsany

2. Hon Randall Plunkett (b. 1 Oct 1778; d. 30 Oct 1835)

1. Hon Margaret Plunkett (d. 28 Jul 1831), mar. (1) 7 Jul 1808 Thomas Oliver [Plunkett], 11th Baron Louth, and (2 )1 Apr 1827 Lt Col Thomas Tisdall, of Charleville, co. Louth, and had issue by her first husband

2. Hon Rosetta Plunkett (d. 1842)

3. Hon Maria Victoria Plunkett

4. Hon Anna Maria Plunkett (d. 26 Apr 1856), mar. (1) Philip Roche, of Donore, co. Kildare, and (2) 22 Jul 1822 Admiral Ryder Burton KH RN (d. 2 Aug 1876), and had issue by both husbands

mar. (2)

24 Apr 1797 or 7 Aug 1800 Emma Mary Smith (dsp. 7 Jun 1828), sister of Sir Drummond Smith, 1st Bt., and 2nd dau. of John Smith, of London, merchant, by his wife Mary Ransom, dau. of Griffin Ransom, of Westminster, banker

died

4 Apr 1821

suc. by

son by first wife

 

Edward Wadding [Plunkett], 14th Baron Dunsany

born

7 Apr 1773

mar. (1)

20 Jun 1803 Hon Charlotte Louisa Lawless (b. 21 Jan 1769; d. 10 Jun 1818), 3rd dau. of Nicholas [Lawless], 1st Baron Cloncurry, by his wife Margaret Browne, dau. of Valentine Browne, of Dublin, brewer

children by first wife

1. Hon Randall Edward Plunkett, later 15th Baron Dunsany

2. Hon Edward Plunkett, later 16th Baron Dunsany

1. Hon Emily Valentina Plunkett (d. 30 Sep 1864), mar. 18 Oct 1839 as his first wife George Price, of Worthy Park, Jamaica (b. 10 Apr 1812; d. 29 Sep 1890), 5th son of Sir Rose Price, 1st Bt., of Rose Hall, Jamaica, by his wife Elizabeth Lambart, yst. dau. of Charles Lambart, and had issue

mar. (2)

26 Mar 1823 Hon Eliza Kinnaird (b. 13 May 1781; dsp. 30 Apr 1864), 1st dau. of George [Kinnaird], 7th Lord Kinnaird, by his wife Elizabeth Ransom, dau. of Griffin Ransom, of Westminster, banker

died

11 Dec 1848

suc. by

son by first wife

note

Lord Lieutenant of co. Meath 1835-48; a Representative Peer for Ireland (Conservative) 1836-48

 

Randall Edward [Plunkett], 15th Baron Dunsany

born

5 Sep 1804

mar.

29 Dec 1838 Elizabeth Evelyn (d. 2 Apr 1875), only dau. of Lyndon Evelyn, of Keynsham Court, co. Hereford

died

s.p. 7 Apr 1852

suc. by

brother

note

Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Drogheda 1835-37; a Representative Peer for Ireland 1850-52

 

Edward [Plunkett], 16th Baron Dunsany

born

29 Nov 1808

mar.

22 Sep 1846 Hon Anne Constance Dutton (b. 12 Sep 1816; d. 27 Jun 1858; bur. at Sherborne), 3rd dau. of John [Dutton], 2nd Baron Sherborne, by his wife Hon Mary Bilson-Legge, only child of Henry Stawel [Bilson-Legge], 2nd Baron Stawel

children

1. Hon Randall Edward Sherborne Plunkett MP (b. 15 Nov 1848; dvp. 25 Dec 1883)

2. Hon John William Plunkett, later 17th Baron Dunsany

3. Rt Hon Sir Horace Curzon Plunkett KCVO JP DL MP (b. 24 Oct 1854; d. 26 Mar 1932)

4. Hon Edward Reginald Plunkett (b. 10 Aug 1856; dvp. 20 Dec 1864)

1. Hon Mary Sophia Eliza Plunkett (d. 5 Jul 1921), mar. 22 Oct 1873 Chambré Brabazon Ponsonby (d. 9 Oct 1884), only son of Thomas Henry Ponsonby, of Kilcooly, and had issue

2. Hon Constance Lavinia Harriet Plunkett (d. 23 Jan 1921), mar. 7 Apr 1881 Capt Raymond Parr (d. 6 Apr 1921), 3rd son of Thomas Parr, of Grappenhall Hayes, Chester, and had issue

3. Hon Julia Elizabeth Plunkett (dvp. 16 Nov 1866)

died

22 Feb 1889 (bur. at Copthorne, co. Sussex)

suc. by

son

note

a Royal Navy officer serving against pirates on the Archipelago 1826; served on the coast of Spain 1835-40; Capt, RN 1846; Rear Admiral 1864; a representative Peer for Ireland (Conservative) 1864-89; Vice Admiral 1871; Admiral 1877

 

John William [Plunkett], 17th Baron Dunsany

born

31 Aug 1853

mar.

3 Apr 1877 Ernle Elizabeth Louisa Maria Grosvenor Burton later Plunkett-Ernle-Drax (d. 28 Feb 1916), only dau. and hrss. of Col Francis Augustus Plunkett Burton, by his wife Sarah Frances Elizabeth Sawbridge-Erle-Drax, 2nd dau. and cohrss. of John Samuel Wanley Sawbridge-Erle-Drax, of Charborough Park, co. Dorset

children

1. Hon Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, later 18th Baron Dunsany

2. Rear Admiral Hon Reginald Arthur Ranfurly Plunkett later Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax CB DSO ADC RN, of Charborough Park, Wareham, co. Dorset (b. 28 Aug 1880), mar. 15 Apr 1916 Kathleen Chalmers, only dau. of Dr Quintin Chalmers JP, and had issue

3. Arthur Christopher Plunkett (b. Dec 1885; dvp. Jan 1886)

died

16 Jan 1899

suc. by

son

note

Lieut, Royal Naval Volunteers; Member of Parliament (Conservative) for South Gloucestershire 1886-92; a Representative Peer for Ireland 1893-99

 

Edward John Moreton Drax [Plunkett], 18th Baron Dunsany

born

24 Jul 1878

mar.

15 Sep 1904 Lady Beatrice Child Child-Villiers (b. 12 Oct 1880; d. 30 May 1970), 4th dau. of Victor Albert George [Child-Villiers], 7th Earl of Jersey, by his wife Hon Margaret Elizabeth Leigh, 1st dau. of William Henry [Leigh], 2nd Baron Leigh

only child

1. Hon Randal Arthur Henry Plunkett, later 19th Baron Dunsany

died

25 Oct 1957

suc. by

son

note

served in the Boer War 1899-1900 and in World War I 1914-18; author and playwright

 

Randal Arthur Henry [Plunkett], 19th Baron Dunsany

born

25 Aug 1906

mar. (1)

23 Aug 1938 (div. 1947) Vera Bryce (former wife of John Felix Charles Ivar Bryce; d. 1986), yst. dau. of Col Genesio de Sa Sottomaior, of San Paulo, Brazil

only child by first wife

1. Hon Edward John Carlos Plunkett, later 20th Baron Dunsany

mar. (2)

8 Oct 1947 Sheila Victoria Katrin Foley (widow of Maj John Frederick Foley, Baron de Rutzen; d. 24 Jul 1999), only dau. of Sir Henry Erasmus Edward Philipps, 2nd Bt., of Picton Castle, co. Pembroke, by his wife Victoria Gladys Elizabeth Gwynne-Hughes, only child of John William Gwynne-Hughes, of Tregeyb, co. Carmarthen

only child by second wife

1. Hon Beatrice Mary Plunkett (b. 15 Jul 1948)

died

6 Feb 1999

suc. by

son by first wife

note

served on the North West Frontier 1930 as Lt Col, Indian Cavalry (The Guides) and in World War II

 

Edward John Carlos [Plunkett], 20th Baron Dunsany

born

10 Sep 1939

mar.

1982 Maria Alice Villela de Carvalho

children

1. Hon Randal Plunkett, later 21st Baron Dunsany

2. Hon Oliver Plunkett, heir presumptive to the Barony of Dunsany (b. 26 Sep 1985)

died

24 May 2011

suc. by

son

 

Randal [Plunkett], 21st Baron Dunsany

born

9 Mar 1983

 

The heir presumptive to the Barony of Dunsany is Hon Oliver Plunkett, second son of the 20th Baron Dunsany and younger brother of the present Baron.

 

Last updated 30 Jan 2012

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Title:

20th Baron Dunsany

(Ireland, let. pat. c.1439)

 

Address:

Dunsany Castle, Co. Meath, Ireland

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