John Stratford, 1st Earl of Aldborough

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John Stratford, 1st Earl of Aldborough (c. 1691 – 29 May 1777)[1] was an Irish peer and politician.


Born at Ormond[disambiguation needed], he was the son of Edward Stratford and his first wife Elizabeth Baisley, daughter of Euseby Baisley.[2] He was a descendant of the English Stratford family[3] and was educated at Kilkenny College and at Trinity College, Dublin.[2]


In 1717, he entered the Irish House of Commons for Baltinglass.[4] Stratford sat for it until 1763, when he was raised to the Peerage of Ireland as Baron Baltinglass, of Baltinglass, in the County of Wicklow.[5] In 1776, he was advanced to the dignity of Viscount Aldborough, of the Palatinate of Upper Ormond.[6] and on 28 January 1777, Stratford was further honoured when he became Viscount Amiens and Earl of Aldborough, of the Palatinate of Upper Ormond.[7]

He was successively appointed High Sheriff of Kildare in 1727, High Sheriff of Wicklow in 1736 and High Sheriff of Wexford in 1739.[2]


He married Martha O'Neale, daughter of Venerable Benjamin O'Neale, Archdeacon of Leighlin.[8] They had six sons and nine daughters.[8] Stratford was succeeded in his titles successively by his oldest son Edward, his second son John and then his fourth son Benjamin.[9]


  1. ^ "Leigh Rayment — Peerage". Retrieved 8 May 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "ThePeerage — John Stratford, 1st Earl of Aldborough". Retrieved 8 May 2009. 
  3. ^ Stratford, Gerald "A History of the Stratford Family" Chapter 11. The Extinct Earldom. [1]
  4. ^ "Leigh Rayment — Irish House of Commons 1692-1800". Retrieved 8 May 2009. 
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 10311. p. 1. 7 May 1763. Retrieved 8 May 2009.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: no. 11679. p. 1. 29 June 1776. Retrieved 8 May 2009.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 11739. p. 1. 25 January 1777. Retrieved 8 May 2009.
  8. ^ a b Lodge, John (1789). Mervyn Archdall, ed. The Peerage of Ireland or A Genealogical History of the Present Nobility of that Kingdom. vol. III. Dublin: James Moore. pp. 337–339. 
  9. ^ Debrett, John (1828). Debrett's Peerage of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. vol. II (17th ed.). London: G. Woodfall. p. 686. 
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Jeffrey Paul
Edward Stratford
Member of Parliament for Baltinglass
1721 – 1763
With: Edward Stratford 1721–1727
Daniel Falkiner 1727–1759
Edward Stratford 1759–1763
Succeeded by
Hon. John Stratford
Hon. Edward Stratford
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Earl of Aldborough
January – May 1777
Succeeded by
Edward Stratford
Viscount Aldborough
1776 – 1777
Baron Baltinglass
1763 – 1777