John Maxwell, 2nd Earl of Farnham

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John James Maxwell, 2nd Earl of Farnham (5 February 1760 – 23 July 1823) was an Irish Representative peer and politician.

He was the son of Barry Maxwell, 1st Earl of Farnham and Margaret King. He was known as Shane Rua due to his striking head of red hair. In 1784, he married Grace Cuffe, daughter of Thomas Cuffe, however, they had no children. He succeeded as 2nd Earl of Farnham, 2nd Viscount Farnham and 4th Baron Farnham on the 7 October 1800, also inheriting the Farnham estate in Cavan. He commissioned Francis Johnston, a Dublin-based architect, to design an extension to Farnham House.

Maxwell sat as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Cavan County from 1780 until 1783 and again from 1793 until 1800. He was elected a representative peer on the 2 March 1816. On his death in 1823, the Earldom and the Viscountcy became extinct, whilst the Barony and the Farnham estate passed to his cousin John Maxwell-Barry

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Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Hon. Barry Maxwell
George Montgomery
Member of Parliament for Cavan County
1780–1783
With: George Montgomery
Succeeded by
George Montgomery
Charles Stewart
Preceded by
Charles Stewart
Francis Saunderson
Member of Parliament for Cavan County
1793–1800
With: Francis Saunderson
Succeeded by
Francis Saunderson
Nathaniel Sneyd
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Glandore
Representative Peer for Ireland
1816–1823
Succeeded by
The Lord Carbery
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Barry Maxwell
Earl of Farnham
1800–1823
Extinct
Viscount Farnham
1800–1823
Baron Farnham
1800–1823
Succeeded by
John Maxwell-Barry