James Agar, 1st Viscount Clifden

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James Agar, 1st Viscount Clifden (25 March 1734 – 1 January 1789) was an Irish peer and politician.[1]

He was the second son of Henry Agar, a former MP for Gowran, and Anne Ellis, and probably born at Gowran Castle. In addition to being a Member of Parliament (MP) for Gowran, for which he sat three times, from 1753 to 1761, again from 1768 to 1769 and finally from 1776 to 1777, he controlled three other borough seats through the strength of his family holdings. Between 1761 and 1776, he represented Kilkenny County and between 1768 and 1769 Thomastown. He held the post of joint Postmaster General of Ireland between 1784 until 1789[1] with William Ponsonby, 1st Baron Ponsonby. Agar's younger brother was Charles Agar, first Earl of Normanton (1736–1809), who became the Church of Ireland archbishop of Dublin.

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  1. ^ a b "Person Page 1793". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2010-02-21. 
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
James Agar
David Chaigneau
Member of Parliament for Gowran
with James Agar

1753–1761
Succeeded by
George Dunbar
William Henry Burton
Preceded by
Henry Flood
Patrick Wemys
Member of Parliament for Kilkenny County
with Hon. John Ponsonby

1761–1776
Succeeded by
Hon. John Ponsonby
Hon. Edmund Butler
Preceded by
George Dunbar
William Henry Burton
Member of Parliament for Gowran
with Hon. John Ponsonby

1768–1769
Succeeded by
Arthur Browne
Henry Prittie
Preceded by
Lord Frederick Campbell
Thomas Eyre
Member of Parliament for Thomastown
with Thomas Maunsell

1768–1769
Succeeded by
George Dunbar
Thomas Maunsell
Preceded by
Arthur Browne
Henry Prittie
Member of Parliament for Gowran
with John Butler

1776–1777
Succeeded by
Sir Boyle Roche, 1st Bt
John Butler
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
New creation
Viscount Clifden
1781–1788
Succeeded by
Henry Ellis