Richard Nugent, Lord Delvin

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Richard Nugent, Lord Delvin (1742 – 6 August 1761) was an Irish duellist and Member of Parliament.

Nugent was the eldest son and heir of Thomas Nugent, 6th Earl of Westmeath and adopted the courtesy title of Lord Delvin in 1754 when his father acceded to the earldom.

In 1759, he was elected Member of Parliament for Fore, although he was underage. He was also commissioned a cornet in the 1st Regiment of Dragoons.[1]

In July 1761, the drunken Lord Delvin accosted a female acquaintance of Capt. George Reilly, and was challenged to a duel.[2] The two crossed swords in the music room at Marlborough Bowling Green, and Delvin was mortally wounded.[3] The incident led to the abandonment of Marlborough Green as a fashionable resort.[2]

Further reading[edit]

  • Irish Varieties A more detailed account of the circumstances preceding the duel which ended Delvin's life.


  1. ^ Peter, A. (1907). Sketches of Old Dublin. Dublin: Sealy, Bryers & Walker. pp. 78–79. Retrieved 14 December 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Gerard, Frances A. (1898). Picturesque Dublin Old and New. London: Hutchinson & Co. p. 361. Retrieved 14 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "Wilmot-Horton correspondence". National Archives (UK). Retrieved 14 December 2008. 
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Robert Perceval
Richard Malone
Member of Parliament for Fore
With: Robert Perceval
Succeeded by
Godfrey Lill
John Newenham