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Farnham, Earl of (I, 1763 - 1779)


Creation: let.pat. 13 May 1763


Extinct: 16 Nov 1779


Family name: Maxwell




See Baron Farnham



Robert [Maxwell], 2nd Baron Farnham later 1st Viscount Farnham later 1st Earl of Farnham, PC

1st son and heir of John [Maxwell], 1st Baron Farnham, by his wife Judith Barry, dau. and hrss. by his second wife of James Barry, of Newtown Barry, co. Wexford, Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas



mar. (1)

11 Oct 1759 Henrietta Stafford-Howard (widow of William Matthias [Stafford-Howard], 3rd Earl of Stafford;  d. 30 Aug 1761;  bur. near St Paul's Cathedral, London), dau. and hrss. of Philip Cantillon, of Paris, banker, by his wife Maria Anna Mahoney, dau. of Lt Gen Count Daniel Mahoney, of Spain

children by first wife

1. Hon John Maxwell, styled Lord Maxwell (dvp. 7 Aug 1778)

1. Lady Henrietta Maxwell (d. 6 Mar 1852), mar. 1780 Rt Hon Denis Daly MP, of Dunsandle, co. Galway, Muster Master General of Ireland (b. 1747;  d. 10 Oct 1792), 1st son and heir of James Daly, of Carrownakelly and Dunsandle, co. Galway, by his second wife Catherine Gore, sister of Ralph [Gore], 1st Earl of Ross, and dau. of Rt Hon Sir Ralph Gore, 4th Bt. MP, Speaker of the Irish House of Commons, and had issue

mar. (2)

1 Dec 1771 Sarah Upton (widow of Rt Hon Arthur Upton; d. bef. 1795), sister of Dudley Alexander Sydney [Cosby], 1st Baron Sydney of Leix, and dau. of Peter Cosby, of Stradbally, Queen's Co., by his wife Mary Dodwell, dau. of Henry Dodwell, of Manor Dodwell, co. Roscommon


s.p.m.s. 16 Nov 1779 (bur. at Cavan)


10 Sep 1760 Viscount Farnham, co. Cavan

13 May 1763 Earl of Farnham, co. Cavan


Member of Parliament for Lisburn [I] 1743-59 and for Taunton [GB] 1754-61;  Sheriff of co. Cavan 1757; Privy Councillor [I] 1760


On the death of the 1st Earl of Farnham the Earldom and Viscountcy of Farnham became extinct and the Barony of Farnham passed to his brother, Barry Maxwell. He was created Viscount Farnham in 1781 and Earl of Farnham in 1785.


 First written 15 May 2011



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