Lawrence Parsons, 2nd Earl of Rosse

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The Earl of Rosse
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2nd Earl of Rosse
Born 1758
Died 1841
Occupation Irish peer
Spouse(s) Alice Lloyd
Children five
Parents Sir William Parsons, 4th Baronet and Mary Clere

Lawrence Parsons, 2nd Earl of Rosse (21 May 1758 - 24 February 1841), known as Sir Lawrence Parsons, Bt, from 1791 to 1807, was an Irish peer.

Parsons was the son of Sir William Parsons, 4th Baronet and Mary Clere. Between 1782 and 1790, he represented Dublin University in the Irish House of Commons. Parsons sat then as Member of Parliament (MP) for King's County from 1791 until the Act of Union in 1801. In the following co-option, he chose to sit for King's County also in the British House of Commons, a seat he held until 1807. The latter year he succeeded his uncle as second Earl of Rosse. In 1809 he became one of the Postmasters General of Ireland[1] with Charles O'Neill, 1st Earl O'Neill with whom he attended the laying of the foundation-stone for the new General Post Office in Dublin on 12 August 1814 by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Charles Whitworth, 1st Earl Whitworth.[2] He later sat in the House of Lords as an Irish Representative Peer from 1809 until 1841 and served as Custos Rotulorum of King's County from 1828 until his death.[3]

Marriage and children[edit]

He married Alice Lloyd, daughter of John Lloyd, on 1 May 1797. They had five children:

  • Lady Jane Parsons (d. 31 December 1883)
  • William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse (b. 17 June 1800, d. 31 October 1867)
  • Hon. John Clere Parsons (b. 17 August 1802, d. 10 August 1828)
  • Hon. Laurence Parsons (b. 2 November 1805, d. 22 November 1894)
  • Lady Alicia Parsons (b. c 1815, d. 21 January 1885)

Jane Parsons married Arthur Edward Knox. They had two sons and three daughters. One of the sons, Lawrence E. Knox founded the Irish Times.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^  Dunlop, Robert (1895). "Parsons, Lawrence (1758-1841)". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography 43. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  2. ^ M'Gregor, John James (1821). Picture of Dublin. Dublin: C. P. Archer. p. 40. 
  3. ^ "PARSONS, Sir Lawrence, 5th Bt. (1758-1841), of Parsonstown, King's Co.". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 

References[edit]

Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Walter Hussey-Burgh
John FitzGibbon
Member of Parliament for Dublin University
1782–1790
With: John FitzGibbon 1782–1783
Arthur Browne 1783–1790
Succeeded by
Hon. Francis Hely-Hutchinson
Arthur Browne
Preceded by
Sir William Parsons, 4th Bt
Denis Bowes Daly
Member of Parliament for King's County
1791 – 1801
With: Denis Bowes Daly
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Ireland
Member of Parliament for King's County
18011807
With: Denis Bowes Daly 1801–1802
Thomas Bernard 1802–1807
Succeeded by
Thomas Bernard
Hardress Lloyd
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Lawrence Parsons
Earl of Rosse
1807–1841
Succeeded by
Lawrence Parsons
Baronetage of Ireland
Preceded by
Lawrence Parsons
Baronet
(of Birr Castle)
1791–1841
Succeeded by
Lawrence Parsons