Sir John McMahon, 1st Baronet

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The Right Honourable
Sir John McMahon, Bt
Sir John McMahon, Bt.jpg
1815 engraving by Charles Turner, after a painting by Sir Thomas Lawrence
Private Secretary to the Sovereign
In office
1811–1817
Preceded by Lt. Gen. Sir Herbert Taylor
Succeeded by Lt. Gen. Sir Benjamin Bloomfield
Personal details
Nationality British

Colonel Sir John McMahon, 1st Baronet (c. 1754 – 12 September 1817) was an Irish-born politician and Private Secretary to the Sovereign 1811–1817.

Biography[edit]

He was born in Limerick, son of John MacMahon, comptroller of the port of Limerick; little is known of his mother, and even her name is uncertain. By his second wife, Mary Stackpoole his father has two other sons William and Thomas, who achieved distinction.

McMahon was commissioned into the 44th Foot, and later transferred to the 48th Foot and the 87th Foot. He served as a Member of Parliament for Aldeburgh from 1802 to 1812. He was Paymaster of Widows Pensions in 1812. He was Keeper of the Privy Purse, Auditor of the Duchy of Cornwall, and Secretary to the Duke of Cornwall. A proposal that he receive a salary of £2,000 as Private Secretary was rejected by Parliament in 1812.

McMahon was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1812, and died in 1817, having been made a Baronet shortly before his death. He was succeeded in the baronetcy according to a special remainder by his brother General Sir Thomas McMahon, 2nd Baronet. He undoubtedly used his position to benefit his family:[1] his half-brother William MacMahon obtained the coveted judicial office of Master of the Rolls in Ireland, although in the event he proved to be a popular and respected choice.[2]

He had no children but his title passed by special remainder to his brother Thomas.

Literary references[edit]

He is a minor character in Georgette Heyer's novel Regency Buck, which shows him in a most unflattering light.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Geoghegan, Patrick M. King Dan-the rise of Daniel O'Connell Gill and Macmillan Dublin 208 p.72
  2. ^ Ball, F. Elrington The Judges in Ireland 1221-1921 John Murray, London 1926

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir John Aubrey
George Johnstone
Member of Parliament for Aldeburgh
1802–1812
With: Sir John Aubrey
Succeeded by
Sir John Aubrey
Sandford Graham
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Tyrwhitt
Auditor of the Duchy of Cornwall
1803–1816
Succeeded by
Sir Benjamin Bloomfield
Preceded by
Mark Singleton
Storekeeper of the Ordnance
1806–1807
Succeeded by
Mark Singleton
Preceded by
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Receiver-General of the Duchy of Cornwall
1816–1817
Succeeded by
Lord William Gordon
Court offices
Preceded by
Herbert Taylor
Private Secretary to the Sovereign
1811–1817
Succeeded by
Sir Benjamin Bloomfield
Preceded by
The Earl of Cardigan
Keeper of the Privy Purse
1812–1817
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Ashley Manor)
1817
Succeeded by
Thomas McMahon