Sir Lucius O'Brien, 3rd Baronet

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Sir Lucius Henry O'Brien, 3rd Baronet PC (Ire) (2 September 1731 – 15 January 1795) was an Irish baronet and politician for 34 years.

Background[edit]

O'Brien was the son of Sir Edward O'Brien, 2nd Baronet and his wife Mary Hickman, inheriting the baronetcy on the death of his father in 1765. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and entered the Middle Temple in 1753, later becoming a barrister.[1]

Career[edit]

In 1761, he entered the Irish House of Commons as the member for Ennis, sitting until 1768.[2] Subsequently O'Brien successfully ran for Clare, a seat previously held by his father, holding it until 1776.[3] He was then again elected for Ennis, but following the unseating of Hugh Dillon Massy as Member of Parliament for Clare, O'Brien returned to represent that constituency in 1778. In the election of 1783, he became the representative for Tuam. O'Brien was sworn of the Privy Council of Ireland in 1786.[3] He served for the latter constituency until 1790, when he was re-elected for Ennis. He held this seat finally until his death in 1795.[2]

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1773.[1]

Family[edit]

O'Brien married Anne French, the daughter of Robert French, in 1768 and had by her seven children, three sons and four daughters. He was succeeded in the baronetcy as well as in the constituency of Ennis by his oldest son Edward.

His grandson James FitzGerald (1818–1896) was a prominent politician in New Zealand.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Fellow Details". Royal Society. Retrieved 2017-01-27. 
  2. ^ a b "Irish House of Commons 1692–1800". Leigh Rayment. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  3. ^ a b  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1895). "O'Brien, Lucius Henry". Dictionary of National Biography. 41. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 318–319. 
  4. ^ "Fitzgerald, James Edward (FTST837JE)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
David Bindon
Samuel Bindon
Member of Parliament for Ennis
1761–1768
With: Thomas Burton
Succeeded by
Charles McDonnell
Crofton Vandeleur
Preceded by
Francis Pierpoint Burton
Charles MacDonnell
Member of Parliament for Clare
1768–1776
With: Francis Pierpoint Burton
Succeeded by
Edward FitzGerald
Hugh Dillon Massy
Preceded by
Charles McDonnell
Crofton Vandeleur
Member of Parliament for Ennis
1776–1778
With: William Burton
Succeeded by
William Burton
Francis Bernard
Preceded by
Edward FitzGerald
Hugh Dillon Massy
Member of Parliament for Clare
1778–1783
With: Edward FitzGerald
Succeeded by
Edward FitzGerald
Sir Hugh Massy, 1st Bt
Preceded by
James Cuffe
David La Touche
Member of Parliament for Tuam
1783–1790
With: Robert Day
Succeeded by
Thomas Lighton
Jonah Barrington
Preceded by
Stewart Weldon
John Thomas Foster
Member of Parliament for Ennis
1790–1795
With: William Burton Conyngham
Succeeded by
Sir Edward O'Brien, 4th Bt
William Burton Conyngham
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Edward O'Brien
Baronet
(of Leaghmenagh)
1765–1795
Succeeded by
Edward O'Brien