John Beresford, 5th Marquess of Waterford
|The Most Honourable
The Marquess of Waterford
Lord Waterford by Spy (Leslie Ward), 1879.
|Master of the Buckhounds|
27 June 1885 – 28 January 1886
|Prime Minister||The Marquess of Salisbury|
|Preceded by||The Earl of Cork|
|Succeeded by||The Lord Suffield|
|Born||21 May 1844|
|Died||23 October 1895 (aged 51)|
|Spouse(s)||(1) Florence Grosvenor Rowley
(2) Lady Blanche Somerset
John Henry de la Poer Beresford, 5th Marquess of Waterford KP PC (21 May 1844 – 23 October 1895), styled Earl of Tyrone from 1859 to 1866, was an Irish peer and Conservative politician. He served as Master of the Buckhounds under Lord Salisbury from 1885 to 1886.
Lord Waterford was the eldest son of John Beresford, 4th Marquess of Waterford, by his wife Christiana Leslie. He was the elder brother of Lord Charles Beresford, Lord William Beresford and Lord Marcus Beresford.
Lord Waterford was returned to Parliament for County Waterford in 1865, a seat he held until the following year, when he succeeded his father in the marquessate and took his seat in the House of Lords. In 1868 he was made a Knight of the Order of St Patrick. He was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Waterford in 1874, which he remained until his death, and was admitted to the Irish Privy Council in 1879. In 1885 he was sworn of the British Privy Council and appointed Master of the Buckhounds under Lord Salisbury, a post he held until the fall of the Conservative administration in early 1886.
Lord Waterford eloped with Florence Grosvenor Rowley, wife of John Vivian and married her on 9 August 1872. He married secondly, Lady Blanche Somerset, daughter of Henry Somerset, 8th Duke of Beaufort, on 21 July 1874. The second Lady Waterford suffered from a severe illness which left her an invalid. She had a special carriage designed to carry her around the estate at Curraghmore. Lord Waterford and his second wife had four children:
- Henry de la Poer Beresford, 6th Marquess of Waterford (1875–1911)
- Lady Mary Beresford (1877–1877), died in infancy
- Lady Susan de la Poer Beresford, twin sister of Lady Mary (1877–1947), married Major Hon. Hugh Dawnay, son of Hugh Dawnay, 8th Viscount Downe and had issue, including Maj-Gen Sir David Dawnay
- Lady Clodagh Beresford (1879–1957), married Hon. Claud Anson, son of Thomas Anson, 2nd Earl of Lichfield and had issue
Lord Waterford committed suicide in October 1895, aged 51, and was succeeded in the marquessate by his only son, Henry. Many national newspapers expressed their sorrow at Lord Waterford's suicide, especially given the victim's position in society.
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Sir John Esmonde, Bt
|Member of Parliament for County Waterford
With: Sir John Esmonde, Bt
Sir John Esmonde, Bt
Edmond de la Poer
The Earl of Cork
|Master of the Buckhounds
The Lord Suffield
Sir Richard Musgrave, Bt
|Lord Lieutenant of Waterford
The Duke of Devonshire
|Peerage of Ireland|
|Marquess of Waterford