Edward King, 1st Earl of Kingston

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Edward King, 1st Earl of Kingston PC (I) (29 March 1726 – 8 November 1797) was an Anglo-Irish politician and peer.

He was the son of Sir Henry King, 3rd Baronet and Isabella Wingfield. He sat in the Irish House of Commons as the Member of Parliament for Boyle between 1749 and 1760, before sitting for Sligo County from 1761 to 1764.[1] On 22 May 1755 he succeeded to the family baronetcy following the premature death of his elder brother, Robert King, 1st Baron Kingsborough. On 15 July 1764 he was elevated to the Peerage of Ireland as Baron Kingston and assumed his seat in the Irish House of Lords. He was further honoured when he was made Viscount Kingston on 15 November 1766 and Earl Kingston on 25 August 1768, both also Irish peerages.[2]

Lord Kingston held the office of Custos Rotulorum of Roscommon between 1772 and his death in 1797, and was made a member of the Privy Council of Ireland on 20 January 1794. He served two terms as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Ireland; between 1761 and 1763, and 1769 to 1770.

Family[edit]

He married Jane Caulfeild, daughter of Thomas Caulfeild and Peggy Jordan, on 5 January 1752. He was succeeded in his titles by his eldest surviving son, Robert.

References[edit]

  1. ^ E. M. Johnston-Liik, MPs in Dublin: Companion to History of the Irish Parliament, 1692-1800 (Ulster Historical Foundation, 2006), p.100 (Retrieved 6 October 2016).
  2. ^ E. M. Johnston-Liik, MPs in Dublin: Companion to History of the Irish Parliament, 1692-1800 (Ulster Historical Foundation, 2006), p.100 (Retrieved 6 October 2016).
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Arthur French
Sir Robert King, Bt
Member of Parliament for Boyle
1749–1760
With: Arthur French
Succeeded by
Henry King
Benjamin Burton
Preceded by
Benjamin Burton
Owen Wynne
Member of Parliament for Sligo County
1761–1764
With: Owen Wynne
Succeeded by
Paul Annesley Gore
Owen Wynne
Masonic offices
Preceded by
Earl of Charleville
Grandmaster of the Grand Lodge of Ireland
1761–1763
Succeeded by
Earl of Westmeath
Preceded by
Earl of Cavan
Grandmaster of the Grand Lodge of Ireland
1769–1770
Succeeded by
Marquess of Kildare
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Earl of Kingston
1768–1767
Succeeded by
Robert King
New creation Viscount Kingston
1766–1797
New creation Baron Kingston
1764–1797
Baronetage of Ireland
Preceded by
Robert King
Baronet
(of Boyle Abbey)
1755–1797
Succeeded by
Robert King