Arthur French, 1st Baron de Freyne

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Arthur French, 1st Baron de Freyne and de Freyne (1786 – 29 September 1856) was an Anglo-Irish peer and Member of Parliament.

De Freyne was the eldest son of Arthur French of Frenchpark and his wife Margaret Costello of Edmondstown. The French family had been major landowners in County Sligo and County Roscommon for many years. He was elected to Parliament for his father's old constituency of Roscommon in 1821, a seat he held until 1832. In 1839 he was raised to the peerage as Baron de Freyne, of Artagh in the County of Roscommon, with remainder to heirs male. Twelve years later, in 1851, he was made Baron de Freyne, of Coolavin in the County of Sligo, with a special remainder to his three younger brothers John, Charles and Fitzstephen. He later served as Lord Lieutenant of County Roscommon from 1855 until his death the following year.

Lord de Freyne married Mary (d. 7 September 1843), daughter of Christopher McDermott, in 1818, but the marriage was childless. He died on 29 September 1856 when the barony of 1839 became extinct. However, he was succeeded in the barony of 1851 according to the special remainder by his younger brother, John.


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Arthur French
Stephen Mahon
Member of Parliament for Roscommon
With: Stephen Mahon 1821–1826
Robert King 1826–1830
Owen O'Conor 1830–1831
Denis O'Conor 1831–1832
Succeeded by
Denis O'Conor
Fitzstephen French
Honorary titles

Preceded by
The Viscount Lorton
Lord Lieutenant of Roscommon
Succeeded by
Edward King Tenison
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron de Freyne (of Artagh)
Baron de Freyne (of Coolavin)
Succeeded by
John French