Maxwell Close

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Maxwell Charles Close (25 June 1827 - 25 January 1903) was an Irish Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons in two periods between 1857 and 1885.

Close was the eldest son of Colonel Maxwell Close of Drumbanagher and his wife Anna Elizabeth Brownlow, sister of Charles Brownlow, 1st Baron Lurgan. He was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford. He was a J. P. and a Deputy Lieutenant for County Armagh and was High Sheriff of Armagh in 1854.[1]

At the 1857 general election Close was elected Member of Parliament for Armagh and held the seat until 1864. He was re-elected in 1874 and held the seat until 1885.[2]

Close died at the age of 75.

Close married Catherine Deborah Agnes Close, daughter of Henry S. Close of Newtown Park, Dublin in 1852.[1]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Caulfeild
Sir William Verner, Bt
Member of Parliament for County Armagh
With: Sir William Verner, Bt
Succeeded by
Sir James Stronge, Bt
Sir William Verner, Bt
Preceded by
Sir James Stronge, Bt
Edward Wingfield Verner
Member of Parliament for County Armagh
With: Edward Wingfield Verner to 1880
James Nicholson Richardson from 1880
constituency divided