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Farnham, Earl of (I, 1785 - 1823)


Creation: let.pat. 22 Jun 1785


Extinct: 23 Jul 1823


Family name: Maxwell




See Baron Farnham



Barry [Maxwell later Barry later Maxwell], 3rd Baron Farnham later 1st Viscount Farnham later 1st Earl of Farnham, PC

brother and heir of Robert [Maxwell], 1st Earl of Farnham, and 2nd son 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)

15 Jan 1751 Margaret King (d. 4 Dec 1766), 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Robert King, of Drewstown, co. Meath, by his wife Anne King, dau, of Rev Thomas King, Prebendary of Swords

children by first wife

1. Hon John James Maxwell, later 2nd Earl of Farnham

1. Lady Anne Maxwell, mar. 1787 Richard Fox, of Fox Hall, co. Longford

2. Lady Judith Maxwell (d. 1818)

mar. (2)

5 Aug 1771 Grace Burdett (b. 1734;  d. 8 Mar 1816), yst. dau. of Arthur Burdett, of Ballymaney, co. Kildare, by his wife Grace Head, dau. of John Head, of Derry Castle, co. Tipperary

children by second wife

3. Lady Grace Maxwell (d. 19 Jun 1866), mar. 22 May 1802 Sir Ralph Gore, 7th Bt., and had issue

4. Lady Elizabeth Maxwell (dvp. Jan 1782)


7 Oct 1800


10 Jan 1781 Viscount Farnham, co. Cavan

22 Jun 1765 Earl of Farnham, co. Cavan

suc. by

son by first wife


barrister, Kings Inns 1748;  Prothonotary of the Court of Common Please [I] 1741-1800;  Member of Parliament for co. Cavan 1756-60 and 1768-79 and for Armagh City 1761-68;  Bencher 1757;  suc. his brother as 2nd Baron Farnham 16 Nov 1779; Privy Councillor [I] 1796


John James [Maxwell], 2nd Earl of Farnham


5 Feb 1759


after 30 Dec 1783 Grace Cuffe (b. c. 1766; d. 10 Feb 1856), dau. of Thomas Cuffe, of Grange, co. Kilkenny, by his wife Thomasina Herbert, dau. of Edward Herbert, of Muckruss, co. Kerry


s.p. 23 Jul 1823 (bur. in Cavan)


Member of Parliament for co. Cavan 1779-83 and 1793-1800; a Representative Peer (Tory) for Ireland 1816-23


On the death of the 2nd Earl of Farnham the Earldom and Viscountcy of Farnham became extinct. He was succeeded in the Barony of Farnham by his cousin, John Maxwell-Barry.


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