John Maxwell, 1st Baron Farnham

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Farnham's town house
4 Henrietta Street, Dublin, August 2008

John Maxwell, 1st Baron Farnham (1687 – 6 August 1759) was an Irish peer and politician.

He was appointed Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas from 1725 until his death. He was a Member of Parliament (MP) of the Irish House of Commons for Cavan County from 1727 to 1756. He inherited Farnham estate from his cousin in 1737 and was appointed High Sheriff of Cavan for 1739.[1] The latter year he was raised to the Peerage of Ireland as Baron Farnham, of Farnham in the County of Cavan.

He had married in 1719 Judith Barry, daughter of James Barry of Newton Barry, and had the following children:

  1. Robert Maxwell, 1st Earl of Farnham, 2nd Baron Farnham (born circa 1720 – died 16 November 1779). (Earldom extinct, 1779)
  2. Barry Maxwell, 1st Earl of Farnham, 3rd Baron Farnham (died 7 October 1800). (Earldom restored, 1785)
  3. Rt. Rev. Henry Maxwell (died 7 October 1798) was Bishop of Dromore (1765–1766) and Bishop of Meath (1766–1798). He married in 1759 Margaret Foster, daughter of the Rt. Hon. Anthony Foster, and sister of John Foster, 1st Baron Oriel. Their two sons, John and Henry, eventually succeeded as the 5th and 6th Baron Farnham.

He died in August 1759 and was succeeded in the barony by his son Robert. In 1760 Robert was created Viscount Farnham and three years later created Earl of Farnham.


  1. ^ "National Library of Ireland – Collection List No. 95 – FARNHAM PAPERS" (PDF). National Library of Ireland. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 

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Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Mervyn Pratt
Brockhill Newburgh
Member of Parliament for Cavan County
With: Charles Coote 1727–1750
Hon. Brinsley Butler 1751–1756
Succeeded by
Brinsley Butler, Lord Newtown-Butler
Hon. Barry Maxwell
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
New creation
Baron Farnham
Succeeded by
Robert Maxwell