John Stratford, 3rd Earl of Aldborough

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He was the second son of John Stratford, 1st Earl of Aldborough, and his wife Martha O'Neale, daughter of the Venerable Benjamin O'Neale, of Mount Neale, County Carlow; sometime Archdeacon of Leighlin.[1] He was a descendant of the English Stratford family[2]


In 1763, Stratford, stood as Member of Parliament (MP) for Baltinglass, the same constituency his father and his older brother had represented before, and held this seat until 1777.[3] Subsequently he was returned to the Irish House of Commons for Wicklow County.[3] From 1790, he sat again for Baltinglass until the Act of Union in 1801, when he succeeded his older brother Edward as earl.[3]

In 1795, Stratford was appointed Governor of County Wicklow.[4]


In April 1777, he married Elizabeth Hamilton, eldest daughter of Reverend Frederick Hamilton, Archdeacon of Raphoe and son of Lord Archibald Hamilton, and they had several daughters:[5]

His grand-daughter Marcia (née Tate, d.1893) married Anthony Lyster of Stillorgan (1797-1880) in 1825 and were the parents of Lieutenant General Harry Hammon Lyster VC.[7]

Stratford died at Belan House in County Kildare in 1823[5] and lacking male issue, he was succeeded in his titles by his younger brother Benjamin.[8] His wife died in 1845.[4]


  1. ^ Lodge, John (1789). Mervyn Archdall, ed. The Peerage of Ireland or A Genealogical History of the Present Nobility of that Kingdom. vol. III. Dublin: James Moore. p. 338. 
  2. ^ Stratford, Gerald "A History of the Stratford Family" Chapter 11. The Extinct Earldom. [1]
  3. ^ a b c "Leigh Rayment - Irish House of Commons 1692-1800". Retrieved 27 April 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "ThePeerage - John Stratford, 3rd Earl of Aldborough". Retrieved 19 March 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Sylvanus, Urban (1823). The Gentleman's Magazine. London: John Harris and Son. p. 372. 
  6. ^ a b Debrett, John (1828). Debrett's Peerage of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. vol. II (17th ed.). London: G. Woodfall. p. 686. 
  7. ^ Denny HLL; A History of the Family of Lister or Lyster. Ballantyne, Edinburgh 1913; p63.
  8. ^ Burke, John (1832). A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. vol. I (4th ed.). London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. p. 23. 
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
John Stratford
Edward Stratford
Member of Parliament for Baltinglass
With: Hon. Edward Stratford 1763–1768
Godfrey Lill 1768–1775
Hon. Edward Stratford 1775–1777
Succeeded by
Hon. Benjamin Stratford
John Godley
Preceded by
Ralph Howard
William Brabazon
Member of Parliament for Wicklow County
With: William Brabazon 1776–1783
Nicholas Westby 1783–1790
Succeeded by
William Hume
Nicholas Westby
Preceded by
Sir John Johnson, 1st Bt
Warden Flood
Member of Parliament for Baltinglass
With: Hon. Benjamin Stratford
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Edward Stratford
Earl of Aldborough
Succeeded by
Benjamin Stratford