Lawrence Parsons, 2nd Earl of Rosse

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The Earl of Rosse
2nd Earl of Rosse
Born21 May 1758 (1758-05-21)
Died24 February 1841 (1841-02-25) (aged 82)
OccupationIrish peer
Spouse(s)Alice Lloyd
Parent(s)Sir William Parsons, 4th Baronet and Mary Clere

Lawrence Parsons, 2nd Earl of Rosse (21 May 1758 – 24 February 1841), known as Sir Lawrence Parsons, Bt, from 1791 to 1807, was an Irish peer.

Birr Castle, County Offaly

Parsons was the son of Sir William Parsons, 4th Baronet and Mary Clere. He succeeded his father in 1791 to the baronetcy and to Birr Castle, King's County (now known as County Offaly).

Between 1782 and 1790, he represented Dublin University in the Irish House of Commons. Parsons sat then as Member of Parliament (MP) for King's County from 1791 until the Act of Union in 1801. In the following co-option, he chose to sit for King's County also in the British House of Commons, a seat he held until 1807. The latter year, he succeeded his uncle as second Earl of Rosse and Lord Oxmantown.

He also served as Governor of King's County from 1792 until the position was abolished in 1831.

In 1809, he became one of the Postmasters General of Ireland[1] with Charles O'Neill, 1st Earl O'Neill, with whom he attended the laying of the foundation-stone for the new General Post Office in Dublin on 12 August 1814 by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Charles Whitworth, 1st Earl Whitworth.[2] He later sat in the House of Lords as an Irish Representative Peer from 1809 until 1841 and served as Custos Rotulorum of King's County from 1828 until his death.[3]

Marriage and children[edit]

He married Alice Lloyd, daughter of John Lloyd, on 1 May 1797. They had five children:

  • Lady Jane Parsons (d. 31 December 1883)
  • William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse (b. 17 June 1800 – d. 31 October 1867)
  • Hon. John Clere Parsons (b. 17 August 1802 – d. 10 August 1828)
  • Hon. Laurence Parsons (b. 2 November 1805 – d. 22 November 1894)
  • Lady Alicia Parsons (b. c. 1815 – d. 21 January 1885)

Jane Parsons married Arthur Edward Knox. They had two sons and three daughters. One of the sons, Lawrence E. Knox founded the Irish Times.

References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ Dunlop, Robert (1895). "Parsons, Lawrence (1758-1841)" . In Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 43. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  2. ^ M'Gregor, John James (1821). Picture of Dublin. Dublin: C. P. Archer. p. 40.
  3. ^ "PARSONS, Sir Lawrence, 5th Bt. (1758-1841), of Parsonstown, King's Co". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Walter Hussey-Burgh
John FitzGibbon
Member of Parliament for Dublin University
With: John FitzGibbon 1782–1783
Arthur Browne 1783–1790
Succeeded by
Hon. Francis Hely-Hutchinson
Arthur Browne
Preceded by
Sir William Parsons, 4th Bt
Denis Bowes Daly
Member of Parliament for King's County
With: Denis Bowes Daly
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Ireland
Member of Parliament for King's County
With: Denis Bowes Daly 1801–1802
Thomas Bernard 1802–1807
Succeeded by
Thomas Bernard
Hardress Lloyd
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Lawrence Parsons
Earl of Rosse
Succeeded by
Lawrence Parsons
Baronetage of Ireland
Preceded by
Lawrence Parsons
(of Birr Castle)
Succeeded by
Lawrence Parsons