Richard Nugent, 2nd Earl of Westmeath
Richard Nugent, 2nd Earl of Westmeath (1621/23–25 February 1684) was the grandson of Richard Nugent, 1st Earl of Westmeath. His father, Christopher, Lord Delvin, predeceased the first Earl so Richard succeeded to the earldom upon his grandfather's death in 1641. His mother was Lady Anne MacDonnell, daughter of Randal MacDonnell, 1st Earl of Antrim. Before 1641 he married his kinswoman, Mary Nugent (widow of Christopher Plunkett, son of the 8th Baron of Dunsany), and daughter of Sir Thomas Nugent, 1st Baronet.
While attempting to make his way back to Ireland in December 1641 upon the outbreack of the 1641 Rebellion, he was arrested on suspecion of complicty in the rising. He subsequently served as a cavalry commander during the Irish Confederate Wars, seeing action at the Battle of Dungan's Hill in August 1647, where he was captured. He later served as General of the Forces of Leinster from 1650-52. He submitted to the Parliamentary forces in the latter year but was excluded from the Act of Settlement 1652 and transplanted to Connaught. After the Restoration of Charles II, he received a large pension as a reward for his loyalty to the Crown.
He and Mary Nugent had the following issue:
- Christopher Nugent, Lord Delvin, died before 1680
- Lady Anne Nugent, married firstly Lucas Dillon, 6th Viscount Dillon, and secondly Sir William Talbot, 3rd Baronet, and died after 14 Jul 1710
- Thomas Nugent, 1st Baron Nugent of Riverston, died 2 Apr 1715
- Lady Mary Nugent b. 21 Feb 1648, married Henry Barnewall, 2nd Viscount Barnewall of Kingsland, and died 25 Jun 1680
He was succeeded by his grandson, Richard Nugent, 3rd Earl of Westmeath, son of Christopher, Lord Delvin.