Richard White, 1st Earl of Bantry

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Richard White, 1st Earl of Bantry (6 August 1767 – 2 May 1851) was an Anglo-Irish soldier and peer.[1]

White was born in a gentry family in Ireland. He was the son and heir of Simon White of Bantry by his wife Frances Jane Hedges, daughter of Richard Hedges of Macroom Castle.[2] He was the grandson of Richard White, who had made an immense fortune through his work as a lawyer, and the family owned extensive estates in County Cork.

In 1797, White led forces loyal to the Kingdom of Great Britain against a French invasion force, which had landed at Bantry Bay in order to support Irish rebels in the lead up to the Irish Rebellion of 1798.[3] For his loyalty to The Crown, he was created Baron Bantry in the Peerage of Ireland on 24 March 1797. He was also awarded a gold medal as a token of thanks from the City of Cork.[4] He was further honoured on 29 December 1800, when he was created Viscount Bantry. Lord Bantry was awarded an earldom on 22 January 1816 when he was made Earl of Bantry and Viscount Beerhaven, both titles in the Peerage of Ireland. He lived at Bantry House, Cork.

He married Lady Margaret Anne Hare, the daughter of William Hare, 1st Earl of Listowel, on 3 November 1799.[5] They had four children:

References[edit]

  1. ^ William Courthope, Debrett's Complete Peerage of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (J. G. & F. Rivington, 1838), 596.
  2. ^ Cracroft's Peerage: The Complete Guide to the British Peerage & Baronetage - 'Bantry, Earl of (I, 1816 - 1891)' http://www.cracroftspeerage.co.uk/online/content/bantry1816.htm
  3. ^ Edmund Lodge, The Peerage of the British Empire as at Present Existing (Saunders and Otley, 1833), 40.
  4. ^ William Courthope, Debrett's Complete Peerage of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (J. G. & F. Rivington, 1838), 596.
  5. ^ William Courthope, Debrett's Complete Peerage of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (J. G. & F. Rivington, 1838), 596.
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Earl of Bantry
1816–1851
Succeeded by
Richard White
New creation Viscount Bantry
1800–1851
Succeeded by
Richard White
New creation Viscount Beerhaven
1816–1851
Succeeded by
Richard White
New creation Baron Bantry
1797–1851
Succeeded by
Richard White