High Sheriff of Meath

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The High Sheriff of Meath was the British Crown's judicial representative in County Meath, Ireland from the conquest until 1922, when the office was abolished in the new Free State and replaced by the office of Meath County Sheriff. The sheriff had judicial, electoral, ceremonial and administrative functions and executed High Court Writs. In 1908, an Order in Council made the Lord-Lieutenant the Sovereign's prime representative in a county and reduced the High Sheriff's precedence. However the sheriff retained his responsibilities for the preservation of law and order in the county. The usual procedure for appointing the sheriff from 1660 onwards was that three persons were nominated at the beginning of each year from the county and the Lord Lieutenant then appointed his choice as High Sheriff for the remainder of the year. Often the other nominees were appointed as under-sheriffs. Sometimes a sheriff did not fulfil his entire term through death or other event and another sheriff was then appointed for the remainder of the year. The dates given hereunder are the dates of appointment. All addresses are in County Meath unless stated otherwise.

High Sheriffs of County Meath[edit]

Henry VIII 1509–1547[edit]

  • 1520–1521: Nicholas Hussey, Baron of Galtrim [2]
  • 1542: James Everard[3]
  • 1543: Sir Thomas Cusack

Elizabeth I, 1558–1603[edit]

  • 1598: Richard Brett

Charles I, 1625–1649[edit]

  • 1627 Patrick Segrave

Commonwealth, 1649–1660[edit]

Charles II, 1660–1685[edit]

  • 1667: Richard Janns of Blackcastle
  • 1669: Henry Wade of Clonabreany
  • 1670: George Pepper of Ballygarth [2]
  • 1671: James Naper [2]

James II, 1685–1688[edit]

  • 1686: Launcelot Dowdall of Mounttown [2]
  • 1686: Donogh Mac Gillicuddy.
  • 1688: John Browne.

William III, 1689–1702[edit]

  • 1698: Joseph Pratt[2]
  • 1700: Henry Cadogan[3]
  • 1702: James Naper of Loughcrew[5]

George I, 1714–1727[edit]

  • 1720: Robert Waller[2]
  • 1724: George Pepper of Ballygarth [2]
  • 1725: John Coddington[3]

George II, 1727–1760[edit]

  • 1727:
  • 1728:
  • 1729:
  • 1730: James Garstin of Leragh Castle[2]
  • 1731:
  • 1732:
  • 1733: Benjamin Chapman of St Lucy's, Co. Westmeath
  • 1734: Richard Wesley, 1st Baron Mornington[3]
  • 1735: Christopher Nicholson of Balrath Burry [2]
  • 1736:
  • 1737: Clotworthy Sheilds Wade of Clonebrayney[2]
  • 1738: Hercules Langford Rowley [6]
  • 1739:
  • 1740: James Lenox Naper of Loughcrew [2]
  • 1741:
  • 1742:
  • 1743: Sir Quaile Somerville, 2nd Baronet[7]
  • 1744:
  • 1745:
  • 1746:
  • 1747:
  • 1748: John Wade[3]
  • 1749:
  • 1750: William Waller of Allenstown [2]
  • 1751:
  • 1752:
  • 1753: John Graham
  • 1754: Dixie Coddington[3]
  • 1755:
  • 1756:
  • 1757:
  • 1758:
  • 1759:

George III, 1760–1820[edit]

George IV, 1820–1830[edit]

  • 1821: John Payne Garnett of Arch Hall, Navan[6]
  • 1822: James Lenox William Naper of Loughcrew[6]
  • 1823: Francis Singleton[14]
  • 1824: John Charles Preston, of Swainstown[15]
  • 1825: John Thompson, of Rathnally, Trim
  • 1827: John Armytage Nicholson of Balrath Burry, Kells[16]
  • 1828: Robert George Bomford and Richard Bolton
  • 1829: Anthony Blackburne of Parsonstown [2]

William IV, 1830–1837[edit]

Victoria, 1837–1901[edit]

  • 1838:
  • 1839: Richard Rothwell, of Rockfield [19]
  • 1840: Robert Craven Wade of Clonebraney [2]
  • 1841: John Tisdall of Charlesfort[2]
  • 1842: Henry Corbet Singleton of Aclare [2]
  • 1843: Henry Barry Coddington of Oldbridge [2]
  • 1843: John Farrell of Moynalty [2]
  • 1844: Thomas Taylour, 3rd Marquess of Headfort of Headford House, Kells[20]
  • 1845: Lord Killeen, of Killeen Castle[21]
  • 1846: George Annesley Pollock of Oatlands [2]
  • 1847:
  • 1848: Henry Barry Coddington of Old Bridge, Drogheda[22]
  • 1849: William Martley Blackburne, of Tankardstown-Hall, Slane[23]
  • 1850: Michael Thunder of Lagore, Dunshaughlin[24]
  • 1851: Hans Hamilton Woods of Whitestown House [2]
  • 1852: Edward Rotheram of Crossdrum [2]
  • 1853: James Lenox Naper of Loughcrew [2]
  • 1854: John Osborne George Pollock of Mountainstown [2]
  • 1855: Richard Chaloner of King's Fort [2]
  • 1856: Christopher A. Nicholson of Belrath, Kells [25]
  • 1857: John Arthur Farrell of Moynalty [2]
  • 1858: Samuel Garnett of Arch Hall, Navan[26]
  • 1859: Hercules Langford Boyle Rowley of Marlay Grange, Co. Dublin [2]
  • 1860: George Bomford of Oakley Park [2]
  • 1861:
  • 1862: Thomas Boylan, Hilltown, Drogheda.[27]
  • 1863: Thomas Gerrard of Gibbstown and Boyne Hill [2]
  • 1864: William Stawell Garnett of Williamston [2]
  • 1865:
  • 1867: Thomas Rockwell of Rockfield [2]
  • 1868:
  • 1870: The Hon Jenico W. J. Preston of Gormanstown Castle, Balbriggan[28]
  • 1871: Robert Fowler[3]
  • 1872: James Sanderson Winter of Agher [2]
  • 1873: Robert Caddell of Harbourstown [2]
  • 1874:
  • 1875: Mervyn Pratt[2]
  • 1876:
  • 1877: Henry Corbet Singleton of Aclare [2]
  • 1878: George Augustus Rotheram of Kilbride Castle, Trim[29]
  • 1879:
  • 1880: William Newcombe Waller of Allenstown [2]
  • 1881: John Kearney[30]
  • 1882: Robert Grimshaw Dunville[2]
  • 1883: Nugent Talbot Everard, Bt[3]
  • 1884: John Naper George Pollock of Mountainstown [2]
  • 1885: Edward Rotheram of Crossdrum [2]
  • 1886:
  • 1887: Charles Pepper of Ballygarth Castle[31]
  • 1888: Edward Hamilton Woods of Milverton Hall, Co. Dublin [2]
  • 1889: Nathaniel Hone Dyas of Athboy House & Staholmack, Co Meath
  • 1890:
  • 1891: George Joseph Brooke McVeagh of Drewstown, Kells [32]
  • 1892: Robert Bernard George Ashurst Gradwell[33]
  • 1893: Uvedale Corbet Singleton of Aclare [2]
  • 1894: Thomas Boylan[3]
  • 1895: John Hampden Nicholson of Balrath Burry [2]
  • 1896: William Thompson of Rathnally [2]
  • 1897: Gustavus Villiers Briscoe of Bellinter House [2]
  • 1898: Francis William Blackburne of Tankardstown [2]
  • 1899: Robert Henry Fowler of Rahinston and Rathmolyon[2]
  • 1900:
  • 1901: Gustavus Francis William Lambart, 1st Baronet of Beau Parc[3]

Edward VII, 1901–1910[edit]

  • 1902: Charles Henry Bulwer Caldwell of New Grange [2]
  • 1904: Frederick Arthur Bligh of Brittas, Nobber [2]
  • 1905: Fitzhenry Augustus Smith of Annesbrook, Duleek [2]
  • 1906: Edward Rotheram of Crossdrum [2]
  • 1907: John Edward Joseph Farrell of Moynalty [2]
  • 1908: George Fitzgerald Murphy of the Grange, Dunsany [32]

George V, 1910–1936[edit]

  • 1910: Patrick James Kennedy of Rathcore House, Enfield [32]
  • 1911: William Lennox Naper of Loughcrew [2]
  • 1912: Reginald Dashwood Tandy [34]
  • 1913:
  • 1922: Arthur Francis Coddington[3]

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