Archibald Acheson, 1st Viscount Gosford

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Achibald Acheson 1st Viscount Gosford PC (Ire) (1 September 1718 – 5 September 1790), known as Sir Achibald Acheson, 6th Bt from 1748 to 1776, was an Irish peer and politician.


The son of Sir Arthur Acheson, 5th Baronet, he succeeded to the baronetcy upon the death of his father, and was subsequently created Baron Gosford in 1776 and Viscount Gosford in 1785. Acheson entered the Irish House of Commons for Dublin University in 1741 and was a Member of Parliament for it until 1761. Subsequently, he represented Armagh County until 1776. In 1768, he was also elected for Killyleagh, but chose to sit for the latter constituency. Between 1776 and 1777, he was returned for Enniskillen. He was appointed High Sheriff of Armagh in 1751[1] and High Sheriff of Cavan in 1761. Between 1756 and 1761, he was Deputy Governor of County Armagh and on 7 May he was sworn of the Privy Council of Ireland.


He married Mary Richardson in 1740, with whom he had the following children:

He was the father of Hon. Anna Maria Acheson, whose mother is not mentioned.


  1. ^ Stuart, John (1819). Historical Memoirs of The City of Armagh. Newry: Alexander Wilkinson. p. 557. 
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Philip Tisdall
John Elwood
Member of Parliament for Dublin University
With: Philip Tisdall
Succeeded by
Philip Tisdall
William Clement
Preceded by
William Brownlow
Francis Caulfeild
Member of Parliament for Armagh County
With: William Brownlow
Succeeded by
William Brownlow
Thomas Dawson
Preceded by
John Blackwood
John Congreve
Member of Parliament for Killyleagh
With: Viscount Ikerrin
Succeeded by
Viscount Ikerrin
Arthur Johnston
Preceded by
Richard Gorges-Meredyth
Hugh Henry Mitchell
Member of Parliament for Enniskillen
With: John Leigh
Succeeded by
John Leigh
Henry Flood
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Viscount Gosford
Succeeded by
Arthur Acheson
Baron Gosford
Baronetage of Nova Scotia
Preceded by
Arthur Acheson
(of Glencairny)
Succeeded by
Arthur Acheson