Michael Parsons, 6th Earl of Rosse

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Lawrence Michael Harvey Parsons, 6th Earl of Rosse (28 September 1906 – 5 July 1979) was an Irish peer. He was the son of William Edward Parsons, 5th Earl of Rosse, whom he succeeded in 1918, and Frances Lois Lister-Kaye. He was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford

Lord Rosse was active in the National Trust, and served as Chancellor of the University of Dublin.[1]

Marriage and children[edit]

Rosse married Anne Messel, daughter of Lt.-Col. Leonard Charles Rudolph Messel, on 19 September 1935. They had two children:

  • Brendan Parsons, 7th Earl of Rosse (born 21 October 1936),[2] married Alison Margaret Cooke-Hurle, daughter of Major John Davey Cooke-Hurle and had issue.
  • Hon. Desmond Oliver Martin Parsons (23 December 1938 – 16 July 2010),[3] married Aline Edwina Macdonald, daughter of George Alexander Macdonald and had issue.

Anne Messel, by her first marriage to Ronald Armstrong-Jones, was the mother of Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, who in 1960 married The Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.



  1. ^ Years in Focus - Knottingley in 1979
  2. ^ Debrett's People of Today — The Earl of Rosse
  3. ^ Google Groups — PARSONS, Hon (Desmond Oliver) Martin (1938-2010)
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
William Parsons
Earl of Rosse
Succeeded by
Brendan Parsons