Hervey Morres, 1st Viscount Mountmorres

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Hervey Morres, 1st Viscount Mountmorres (1707 – 6 April 1766), was an Irish landowner and politician.

Morres was the son of Francis Morris, of Castle Morres, County Kilkenny, by Catherine Evans, daughter of Sir William Evans, 1st Baronet. His grandfather Hervey Morres, Member of Parliament for Knocktoper, was a younger son of Sir Redmond Morres, 2nd Baronet, of Knockagh. Hervey's elder brother was Sir William Morres, 1st Baronet, Member of Parliament for Kilkenny and Newtownards, while Lodge de Montmorency, 1st Viscount Frankfort de Montmorency, was his nephew. Morres was educated at Trinity College, Dublin.[1] He was returned to the Irish House of Commons for St Canice (also known as Irishtown) in 1734, a seat he held until 1756.[1][2] He was also Mayor of Kilkenny between 1752 and 1753.[1] In 1756 he was elevated to the Peerage of Ireland as Baron Mountmorres, of Castlemorres in the County of Kilkenny.[3] He was further honoured in 1763 when he was made Viscount Mountmorres, of Castlemorres in the County of Kilkenny, also in the Irish peerage.[4]

Marriages and succession[edit]

Lord Mountmorres married firstly Lady Letitia Ponsonby, daughter of Brabazon Ponsonby, 1st Earl of Bessborough, in 1742. After her death in February 1754 he married secondly Mary Wall, daughter of William Wall, of Coolnmuckty Castle, County Waterford, and widow of John Baldwin, in 1755. There were children from both marriages. Mountmorres died in April 1766 and was succeeded in his titles by his son from his first marriage, Hervey. The Viscountess Mountmorres died in September 1779.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d thepeerage.com Hervey Morres, 1st Viscount Mountmorres
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's historical List of Members of the Irish House of Commons
  3. ^ "No. 9578". The London Gazette. 27 April 1756. p. 5.
  4. ^ "No. 10319". The London Gazette. 4 June 1763. p. 4.
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Richard Dawson
Richard Reade
Member of Parliament for St Canice
With: Richard Dawson
Succeeded by
Richard Dawson
Viscount Moore
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Viscount Mountmorres
Succeeded by
Hervey Redmond Morres
Baron Mountmorres