Marcus Beresford, 1st Earl of Tyrone
Marcus Beresford, 1st Earl of Tyrone (16 July 1694 – 4 April 1763), known as Sir Marcus Beresford, 4th Baronet, until 1720 and subsequently as The Viscount Tyrone until 1746, was an Irish peer, freemason and politician.
In 1701 his father died and Beresford, aged only five, succeeded to the baronetcy. His guardian was The 3rd Viscount Dungannon (1669-1706). After Lord Dungannon's death in 1706, his widow (Beresford's maternal aunt), Arabella, Viscountess Dungannon, served as Beresford's guardian.
In 1715, he entered the Irish House of Commons, sitting for Coleraine until 1720, when he was raised to the Peerage of Ireland with the titles Baron Beresford, of Beresford, in the County of Cavan, and Viscount Tyrone by King George I of Great Britain. A year later, he joined the Irish House of Lords. In 1736, he became Grandmaster of the Grand Lodge of Ireland, serving for the next two years. Beresford was further honoured in 1746, when he was created Earl of Tyrone.
On 18 July 1717, he married Catherine, only daughter of James Power, 3rd Earl of Tyrone and had by her seven sons and eight daughters. Beresford died at Tyrone House in Dublin and was succeeded in his titles by his fourth and oldest surviving son George.
His third daughter Catherine married Thomas Christmas MP, and after his death remarried to Theophilus Jones MP. His fifth daughter Frances married the statesman Henry Flood, and the sixth daughter Eliza married Colonel Thomas Cobbe MP.
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|Parliament of Ireland|
| Member of Parliament for Coleraine
With: Frederick Hamilton
The Lord Kingston
| Grandmaster of the Grand Lodge of Ireland
The Viscount Mountjoy
|Peerage of Ireland|
|New creation|| Earl of Tyrone
|New creation|| Viscount Tyrone|
| Baron Beresford|
|Baronetage of Ireland|