John FitzGibbon, 2nd Earl of Clare

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The Earl of Clare

John FitzGibbon, 2nd Earl of Clare KP GCH PC (10 July 1792 – 18 August 1851) was the son of John FitzGibbon, 1st Earl of Clare and his wife, Anne. He succeeded to the titles of Baron FitzGibbon in the Peerage of Great Britain and Earl of Clare in the Irish Peerage in 1802.

Biography[edit]

FitzGibbon was educated at Harrow School and Christ Church, Oxford, graduating in 1812. From 1820 to 1851, he was active in estate management when not in public office, and from 1820 onwards was active in the House of Lords. In 1830 he became a Privy Councillor, and later the same year was appointed Governor of Bombay, serving until 1835.

In 1835 he was invested as a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Guelphic Order, was a member of the Royal Asiatic Society from 1839 and invested as a Knight of St Patrick in 1845. He was Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Limerick from 1846 to 1849 and afterwards Lord Lieutenant of the City of Limerick for the remainder of his life.

His and his wife's remains are deposited in Catacomb B [Vault63] in Kensal Green Cemetery, London where his cap of maintenance may be seen inside the vault.

He was also known to have been a great friend of Lord Byron while attending Harrow School. (Byron had claimed to love him "ad infinitum" and said that he could never hear the word "Clare" without "a murmur of the heart".[1])

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Brien, Edna (2009), Byron in Love: A Short Daring Life; W.W. Norton & Co., pg 18.
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Beckwith
Governor of Bombay
1831–1835
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Grant
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Hon. Richard FitzGibbon
Lord Lieutenant of Limerick
1848–1851
Succeeded by
The Earl of Clare
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
John FitzGibbon
Earl of Clare
1802–1851
Succeeded by
Richard FitzGibbon
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
John FitzGibbon
Baron FitzGibbon
(of Sidbury)
1802–1851
Succeeded by
Unknown