John Beresford, 5th Marquess of Waterford

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The Most Honourable
The Marquess of Waterford
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Lord Waterford by Spy (Leslie Ward), 1879.
Master of the Buckhounds
In office
27 June 1885 – 28 January 1886
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister The Marquess of Salisbury
Preceded by The Earl of Cork
Succeeded by The Lord Suffield
Personal details
Born 21 May 1844
Died 23 October 1895 (1895-10-24) (aged 51)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) (1) Florence Grosvenor Rowley
(2) Lady Blanche Somerset
Children 4, including Henry Beresford, 6th Marquess of Waterford
Parents John Beresford, 4th Marquess of Waterford
Christiana Leslie

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.

Political career[edit]

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.[1] In 1868 he was made a Knight of the Order of St Patrick.[2] He was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Waterford in 1874, which he remained until his death,[3] and was admitted to the Irish Privy Council in 1879.[4] In 1885 he was sworn of the British Privy Council[5] and appointed Master of the Buckhounds under Lord Salisbury,[6] a post he held until the fall of the Conservative administration in early 1886.[7]

In humour[edit]

W. S. Gilbert refers to Lord Waterford as "reckless and rollicky" in Colonel Calverley's song "If You Want A Receipt For That Popular Mystery" from the Gilbert and Sullivan opera Patience.

Coming of Age Celebrations for 6th Marquess of Waterford showing the dowager Lady Waterford's carriage. Also shown are her parents the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort.


Lord Waterford eloped with Florence Grosvenor Rowley, wife of John Vivian[8] 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[9] 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:

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
Preceded by
Sir John Esmonde, Bt
Walter Talbot
Member of Parliament for County Waterford
With: Sir John Esmonde, Bt
Succeeded by
Sir John Esmonde, Bt
Edmond de la Poer
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Cork
Master of the Buckhounds
Succeeded by
The Lord Suffield
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Richard Musgrave, Bt
Lord Lieutenant of Waterford
Succeeded by
The Duke of Devonshire
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
John Beresford
Marquess of Waterford
Succeeded by
Henry Beresford