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ffrench, Baron (I, 1798)


Creation: let. pat. 14 Feb 1798


Family name: ffrench




Ermine a Chevron Sable


A Dolphin embowed proper


Dexter:  A Falcon Gules armed membered belled and wings inverted Or;  Sinister:  An Unicorn Gules armed unguled crined and tufted Or and in its mouth a Rose Branch thereon two Red Roses proper


Malo Mori Quam Foedari (I had rather die than be dishonoured)



Rose Dillon later ffrench, suo jure Baroness ffrench

1st dau. of Patrick Dillon, of Killeen, co. Roscommon, by his wife Mary Brabazon, dau. of Anthony Brabazon, of Beagh, co. Roscommon



25 Jun 1761 Sir Charles ffrench, 1st Bt. (d. Jul 1784), 2nd son of Thomas ffrench, of Clogher, co. Galway, by his wife Clara Hamilton, dau. of Charles Hamilton, of Fairfield, co. Galway


1. Hon Thomas Hamilton ffrench, later 2nd Baron ffrench

2. Martin ffrench (dvm. 18 Dec 1793)

1. Hon Clare ffrench, mar. Edmund Kelly, of Ballyforan, co. Roscommon

2. Mary ffrench (dvm. 1784)

3. Hon Catherine ffrench (d. 10 Jan 1833), mar. (1) after 3 Dec 1787 Anthony Brabazon, of Birch Grove, co. Galway, and (2) 1804 Edmund Whitehead, and had issue by both husbands

4. Marcella ffrench (dvm. young)

5. Hon Jane ffrench (d. 2 Sep 1837), mar. 18 Jul 1787 Sir Gonville Bromhead, 1st Bt., and had issue


8 Dec 1805


14 Feb 1798 Baroness ffrench, of Castle ffrench in the County of Galway, with remainder to the heirs male of her body by her late husband, Sir Charles ffrench, 1st Bt.

suc. by



the peerage was conferred in consideration of the services rendered to the Government during the Vice-Royalty of Lord Westmorland 1790-94, by her only son, Sir Thomas Hamilton ffrench, a leading and influential member of the Catholic Committee during that period.  George III's personal objection to the elevation of any Catholic to the peerage was the reason of the elevation of the mother (nominally a Protestant) instead of the son (a strict Catholic).


Thomas Hamilton [ffrench], 2nd Baron ffrench


c. 1765


May 1785 Margaret Redington (d. 7 Dec 1849), 1st dau. of Thomas Redington, of Kilcornan, co. Galway, by his wife Sarah Burke, dau. of Christopher Burke, of Kilcornan, co. Galway


1. Hon Charles Austin ffrench, later 3rd Baron ffrench

2. Hon Thomas ffrench (b. Jan 1790; d. 11 Jun 1846)

3. Hon Martin ffrench (b. Apr 1793; d. 27 Nov 1871), mar. 1 Dec 1825 Margaret Bodkin (d. 25 Sep 1882), 2nd dau. of Maj Thomas Bodkin, of Rahoon, co. Galway, and had issue

4. Father Nicholas ffrench (b. Feb 1796; d. 1 Jul 1838)

5. Hon Gonville ffrench, of Clarmont, co. Roscommon (b. May 1797; dsp. 29 Apr 1866), mar. 16 Jul 1823 Clare Kenney (d. 12 Oct 1864), yst. dau. of William Kenney, of Kilclogher, co. Galway

1. Hon Sarah ffrench, mar. 14 Oct 1810 Edward J Beytagh, of Cappagh, co. Galway (d. 19 Mar 1832)

2. Hon Rose ffrench (d. 13 Dec 1857), mar. 14 Oct 1810 Francis Blake Forster, of Ashfield, co. Galway

3. Hon Margaret ffrench (d. unm.)


9 Dec 1814

suc. by



suc. his father 1784 as 2nd Baronet of Clogher; committed suicide by shooting himself in his son's room at Trinity College, Dublin


Charles Austin [ffrench], 3rd Baron ffrench


9 Apr 1786


28 Sep 1809 Maria Browne (d. Jul 1827), 1st dau. of John Browne, of Moyne, co. Galway, by his wife Margaret Dolphin, dau. and cohrss. of John Dolphin, of Turoe, co. Galway


1. Hon Thomas ffrench, later 4th Baron ffrench

2. Father John ffrench (b. 5 Aug 1812; d. 31 May 1873)

3. Hon Martin Joseph ffrench, later 5th Baron ffrench

4. Hon Michael ffrench (b. 21 Jan 1815; dvp. 5 May 1834)

5. Hon Charles ffrench (b. 11 Apr 1818; dvp. 29 Nov 1836)

6. Hon Jasper ffrench (b. 22 Jul 1822; d. unm.)

1. Hon Margaret ffrench (d. 16 Jul 1869), mar. 7 Jan 1836 Valentine O'Connor Blake, of Tower Hill, co. Mayo (d. 9 Aug 1879)


25 Sep 1860

suc. by



Thomas [ffrench], 4th Baron ffrench


13 Sep 1810


18 Oct 1851 Mary Anne Thompson (d. 3 Jun 1906), only dau. and hrss. of Richard Thompson, of Stansty Hall, co. Denbigh

only child

1. Hon Eleanor Maria Margaret ffrench (b. 2 Aug 1852; dvp. 20 Oct 1870)


s.p.m.s. 20 Jan 1892

suc. by



Martin Joseph [ffrench], 5th Baron ffrench, JP


1 Oct 1813


2 Jul 1862 his second cousin Catherine Mary Anne O'Shaughnessy (d. 6 Mar 1908), only dau. of John O'Shaughnessy, of Birchgrove, co. Galway, by his wife Ellen Brabazon, dau. of Anthony Brabazon, of Birchgrove, co. Galway, by his wife Hon Catherine ffrench, 1st dau. of Rose Dillon later ffrench, suo jure Baroness ffrench


1. Hon Charles Austin Thomas Robert Joseph ffrench, later 6th Baron ffrench

2. Capt Hon John Martin Valentine Joseph ffrench KM (b. 19 Jul 1872; d. 7 May 1946), mar. 27 Mar 1915 Sophia Brambila, yst. dau. of Giovanni Brambila, of Villa Sucota, Como, Italy, and had issue:

1a. Peter Martin Joseph Charles John ffrench, later 7th Baron ffrench

2a. John Charles Mary Joseph Francis ffrench, heir presumptive to the Barony of ffrench, of Stockbridge, Massachussets, USA (b. 5 Oct 1928), mar. 1963 Sara-Primm Turner, dau. of James A Turner, of Stockbridge, Massachussets, USA, and has issue:

1b. Johanna Felicitas ffrench (b. 1964)

2b. Teodora Crispina ffrench (b. 1965)

3b. Dorcas Sofia ffrench (b. 1967)

1a. Frieda Dora Katherine Mary Josephine ffrench (b. 24 Mar 1916), mar. 30 Nov 1946 Hans Vajda, of Budapest, Yugoslavia, and has issue

2a. Katherine Mary Margaret Frances Josephine ffrench (b. 25 Jun 1917), mar. 17 Dec 1935 Lt Christopher Valerio Edward Paul Banon RN, 1st son of Christopher Banon, of Broughall Castle, Kilcormack, co. Offaly, and has issue

1. Hon Ellen Mary Anne Josephine ffrench, a nun (d. 29 Sep 1918)

2. Hon Maria Anne Josephine Catherine ffrench, a nun (d. 1928)

3. Hon Frances Catherine Mary Anne Josephine ffrench (d. 28 Aug 1940)

4. Hon Margaret Elizabeth Mary Anne Josephine ffrench (d. 18 Sep 1945)


2 Nov 1893

suc. by



barrister-at-law 1841; Resident Magistrate for co. Tipperary 1846-82


Charles Austin Thomas Robert John Joseph [ffrench], 6th Baron ffrench


20 Jun 1868

mar. (1)

1 Sep 1892 Mary Margaret Corbally (d. 27 May 1944), dau. of Matthew James Corbally DL, of Rathbeal Hall, co. Dublin, by his wife Sara Louisa O'Kelly, dau. and cohrss. of Thomas O'Kelly, of Bridge House, co. Kerry

only child by first wife

1. Hon Martin Joseph Matthew ffrench (b. 26 Jul 1893; dvp. 26 Jan 1894)

mar. (2)

8 Jun 1951 Catherine Elizabeth Nixon (d. 25 Jul 1960), yst. dau. of Rt Hon Sir Christopher John Nixon, 1st Bt., of Roebuck Grove, Miltown, co. Dublin, by his wife Mary Agnes Blake, 3rd dau. of Dominick Edward Blake, son of Joseph Blake, of Castlegrove, co. Galway, by his wife Anna Josephine Bourke, dau. of Joseph Bourke, of Carrowkeale, co. Mayo


s.p.m.s. 4 Mar 1955

suc. by



Peter Martin Joseph Charles John [ffrench], 7th Baron ffrench


2 May 1926


5 Aug 1954 Katherine Sonia Cayley, 2nd dau. of Maj Digby Coddington Cayley, of Rougham Chantry, Bury St Edmunds, co. Suffolk, by his wife Beatrice Elizabeth Eleanora Campbell-Renton, 2nd dau. of Robert Charles Campbell-Renton, of Lamberton and Mordington


1. Hon Robuck John Peter Charles Mario ffrench, later 8th Baron ffrench

1. Hon Rose Sofia Iris Mary ffrench (b. 27 Jan 1957; d. 12 Jan 2005), mar. 1989 Dr Albert Alois Fuchs, only son of Albert Alois Fuchs, of Pocking, Bavaria, Germany, and had issue

2. Hon Clare Katharine Grace Mary ffrench (b. 18 Jul 1958), mar. 1989 Alexander Timothy Joynson, and has issue


30 Jan 1986

suc. by



Robuck John Peter Charles Mario [ffrench], 8th Baron ffrench


14 Mar 1956


29 Jun 1987 Dörthe Marie-Louise Schauer, dau. of Capt Wilhelm Schauer, of Zurich, Switzerland

only child

1. Hon Tara Elise Sofia Eleanora ffrench (b. 1993)


The heir presumptive to the Barony of ffrench is John Charles Mary Joseph Francis ffrench, a grandson of the 5th Baron ffrench and uncle of the present Baron.


Last updated 30 Jan 2012




8th Baron ffrench, of Castle ffrench in the County of Galway

(Ireland, let. pat. 14 Feb 1798)

8th Baronet, styled "of Clogher"

(Ireland, let. pat. 17 Aug 1779)



Clonbrock, Ahascragh, Co. Galway, Ireland



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