Somerset Maxwell, 10th Baron Farnham

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Somerset Henry Maxwell, 10th Baron Farnham (7 March 1849 – 22 November 1900) was an Irish Representative peer and a Nova Scotia baronet.

Biography[edit]

He was the son of Richard Thomas Maxwell, and grandson of Henry Maxwell, 6th Baron Farnham. He married Lady Florence Jane Taylour, daughter of Thomas Taylour, 3rd Marquess of Headfort and Amelia Thompson, on 5 August 1875. He was Captain and Honorary Major of the 4th Battalion of the Princess Victoria’s Royal Irish Fusiliers and sometime Lieutenant of the 98th Regiment. In November 1880 he led a relief force of Orangemen from county Cavan to save the harvest of Captain Boycott of Lough Mask, county Mayo, who was being ostracised by the local Catholic community. This brought about the creation of the Property Defence Association to protect the livelihoods of landowners.[1]

On his uncle James' death, he succeeded on 26 October 1896 as 10th Baron Farnham and 13th Baronet of Calderwood.

He was appointed High Sheriff of Cavan for 1877 and Lord Lieutenant of Cavan in 1900, but died soon afterwards on 22 November 1900. In his will, he bequeathed the articles in the museum at Farnham in trust to the Royal Dublin Society, and his astronomical telescope in trust for uses in the interest of astronomical science.[2]

He was succeeded by his son Arthur Maxwell, after his eldest son Barry Maxwell had been killed in a cycling accident.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "National Library of Ireland - Collection List No. 95 - FARNHAM PAPERS" (PDF). National Library of Ireland. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  2. ^ "Wills - Baron Farnham". The Times (36719). London. 19 March 1902. p. 9. 

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Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
James Maxwell
Baron Farnham
1896–1900
Succeeded by
Arthur Maxwell
Baronetage of Nova Scotia
Preceded by
James Maxwell
Baronet
(of Calderwood)
1896–1900
Succeeded by
Arthur Maxwell
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Alexander, 4th Earl of Caledon
Representative peer for Ireland
1898–1900
Succeeded by
Anthony Francis Nugent, 11th Earl of Westmeath
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Lanesborough
Lord Lieutenant of Cavan
1900
Succeeded by
Edward James Saunderson