Arthur Acheson, 1st Earl of Gosford

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Arthur Acheson, 1st Earl of Gosford (ca. 1745 – 14 January 1807), known as The Viscount Gosford between 1790 and 1806, was an Irish peer of Scottish descent and politician.


No detailed records from the early 1740s have emerged to indicate the date and place of Arthur Acheson's birth, with varying documents giving the year as 1742 or 1745. The son of Archibald Acheson, 1st Viscount Gosford, he succeeded to the viscountcy upon the death of his father, and was subsequently created Earl of Gosford in 1806. Acheson was a Member of Parliament (MP) for Old Leighlin from 1783 until 1791.

Gosford married in 1774 Millicent (died 1 November 1825), daughter of Lieutenant-General Edward Pole, who was descended from the Poles of Radbourne Hall in Derbyshire. Their children were:

  1. Archibald Acheson, 2nd Earl of Gosford
  2. Arthur Acheson, who died young
  3. Arthur Pole Acheson, who died young
  4. Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Acheson CB, a captain in the Coldstream Guards and customer and collector at the port of Dublin
  5. Olivia Acheson (1778-1863),[1] who married on 14 March 1797 Brigadier-General Robert Bernard Sparrow, of Brampton Park, Northamptonshire
  6. Mary Acheson (1787–1843), who married on 19 February 1803 Lieutenant-General Lord William Henry Cavendish Bentinck, second son of the third Duke of Portland
  7. Millicent Acheson, who married on 12 September 1826 the Rev. J. H. Barber, rector of Aston Sandford, Buckinghamshire, and perpetual curate of St James's Chapel, Brighton.[2]


  1. ^ Lady Olivia Sparrow
  2. ^ Debrett's Peerage, 1828 edition, volume II, page 729.
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Robert Jephson
Sir John Blaquiere
Member of Parliament for Old Leighlin
1783 – 1791
With: Hon. Henry Luttrell 1783–1787
Sir Edward Leslie, 1st Bt 1787–1790
Edward Cooke 1790–1791
Succeeded by
Edward Cooke
Patrick Duigenan
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Earl of Gosford
1806 – 1807
Succeeded by
Archibald Acheson
Preceded by
Archibald Acheson
Viscount Gosford
1790 – 1807