Edmund Pery, 1st Earl of Limerick

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Edmund Henry Pery, 1st Earl of Limerick PC (8 January 1758 – 7 December 1844), styled Lord Glentworth between 1794 and 1800, and Viscount Limerick until 1803, was an Irish peer and politician.[1]

Pery was the son of William Cecil Pery, 1st Baron Glentworth and his first wife, Jane Walcott. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin.[2] He married Mary Alice, the daughter of Henry Ormsby of County Mayo, by his wife Mary Hartstonge, in 1783, and they had eight children. Mary Alice was the heiress of her uncle, Sir Henry Hartstonge, 3rd Baronet, who left her substantial property in the south of Ireland. She died in 1850. His eldest son and heir, Henry, Viscount Glentworth, predeceased him, and Limerick was succeeded in his titles by his grandson, William. One of Pery's daughters, Theodosia, married the Whig politician and Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Monteagle of Brandon.

Pery was elected to the Irish Parliament as the Member of Parliament for Limerick in 1786 and held the seat until 1794, when he inherited his father's barony and took his seat in the Irish House of Lords. As a politician, he was a vocal Unionist.[3] He held the office of Keeper of the Signet and Privy Seal of Ireland between 1795 and 1797. In 1797, he was invested as a Privy Counsellor. Pery subsequently held the office of Clerk of the Crown and Hanaper of Ireland between 1797 and 1806. In 1800, he was created Viscount Limerick of the City of Limerick. Following the Act of Union 1800, he became a representative peer, sitting in the British House of Lords between 1801 and 1844. He was created Earl of Limerick in the Peerage of Ireland on 1 January 1803, in recognition of his vocal and persistent support for the Union. In addition, he was created Baron Foxford of Stackpole Court in the Peerage of Great Britain on 11 August 1815, giving him and his descendants a permanent seat in the House of Lords.[4]

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Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
John Prendergast Smyth
Thomas Smyth
Member of Parliament for Limerick City
1786–1794
With: John Prendergast Smyth
Succeeded by
John Prendergast Smyth
Charles Vereker
Political offices
Preceded by
New position
Irish Representative Peer for Ireland
1800–1844
Succeeded by
William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Earl of Limerick
1803–1844
Succeeded by
William Pery
New creation Viscount Limerick
1800–1844
Preceded by
William Pery
Baron Glentworth
1794–1844
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
New creation
Baron Foxford of Stackpole Court
1815–1844
Succeeded by
William Pery