Benjamin Stratford, 4th Earl of Aldborough

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Benjamin O'Neale Stratford, 4th Earl of Aldborough (1746 – 11 July 1833)[1] styled The Honourable from 1763 until 1823, was an Irish peer and politician of the Noble House of Stratford.[2]

He was the fourth son of John Stratford, 1st Earl of Aldborough and his wife Martha O'Neale, daughter of Venerable Benjamin O'Neale, Archdeacon of Leighlin, and a younger brother of Edward Stratford, 2nd Earl of Aldborough.[3] In 1823, he succeeded his older brother John as earl.[4]

In 1777, Aldborough entered the Irish House of Commons for Baltinglass, the same constituency his father and his older brother has represented before, and sat as Member of Parliament until 1783.[5] In 1790, he stood again for Baltinglass and was returned for it until the Act of Union in 1801.[5] He was Governor of County Wicklow in 1777.[6]

On 10 January 1774, he married Martha Burton, daughter of John Burton. They had a son and three daughters.[7] Aldborough died at Stratford Lodge and was buried at Baltinglass.[8] He was succeeded in his titles by his only son Mason.[7]


  1. ^ "Leigh Rayment - Peerage". Retrieved 7 May 2009. 
  2. ^ Stratford, Gerald "A History of the Stratford Family" Chapter 11. The Extinct Earldom. [1]
  3. ^ 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. p. 338. 
  4. ^ Debrett, John (1828). Debrett's Peerage of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. vol. II (17th ed.). London: G. Woodfall. pp. 685–686. 
  5. ^ a b "Leigh Rayment - Irish House of Commons 1692-1800". Retrieved 7 May 2009. 
  6. ^ "ThePeerage - Benjamin O'Neale Stratford, 4th Earl of Aldborough". Retrieved 7 May 2009. 
  7. ^ a b Lodge, Edmund (1859). The Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire (28th ed.). London: Hurst and Blackett. p. 13. 
  8. ^ Sylvanus, Urban (1833). The Gentleman's Magazine. London: J. B. Nichols and Son. 
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Hon. John Stratford
Hon. Edward Stratford
Member of Parliament for Baltinglass
1777 – 1783
With: John Godley
Succeeded by
Warden Flood
James Somerville
Preceded by
Sir John Johnson, 1st Bt
Warden Flood
Member of Parliament for Baltinglass
1790 – 1801
With: Hon. John Stratford
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
John Stratford
Earl of Aldborough
1823 – 1833
Succeeded by
Mason Stratford