Thomas Foley, 3rd Baron Foley

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The Lord Foley

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Whitley Court - The Foley family seat
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen Pensioners
In office
8 December 1830 – 16 April 1833
MonarchWilliam IV
Prime MinisterThe Earl Grey
Preceded byThe Viscount Hereford
Succeeded byThe Lord Foley
Personal details
Born22 December 1780
Died16 April 1833 (1833-04-17) (aged 52)
London, England
Political partyWhig
Spouse(s)Lady Cecilia Olivia Geraldine FitzGerald (1786-1863)

Thomas Foley, 3rd Baron Foley PC, DL (22 December 1780 – 16 April 1833), was a British peer and Whig politician. He served as Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen Pensioners under Lord Grey between 1830 and 1833.


Foley was the son of Thomas Foley, 2nd Baron Foley, and Henrietta Stanhope.

Political career[edit]

Foley succeeded as third Baron Foley on the death of his father in 1793 and was able to take his seat in the House of Lords on his 21st birthday in 1801. When the Whigs came to power under Lord Grey in 1830, Foley was appointed Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen Pensioners, a post he held until his early death in 1833.[1] In 1830 he was admitted to the Privy Council.[2] Apart from his political career he was also Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire between 1831 and 1833 and Master of the Quorn Hunt from 1805 to 1806.


Lord Foley married Lady Cecilia Olivia Geraldine FitzGerald (3 March 1786 - London, 27 July 1863), daughter of William FitzGerald, 2nd Duke of Leinster, in Boyle Farm, Kingston upon Thames, on 18 August 1806. He died in London in April 1833, aged 52, and was succeeded in the barony by his son, Thomas, who also succeeded him as chief whip in the Whig government. Lady Foley died in 1863.[3]


  1. ^ Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,[page needed]
  2. ^ "No. 18755". The London Gazette. 10 December 1830. p. 2577.
  3. ^ Ducal House of Leinster


Political offices
Preceded by
The Viscount Hereford
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms
Succeeded by
The Lord Foley
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Coventry
Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire
Succeeded by
The Lord Lyttelton
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Thomas Foley
Baron Foley
2nd creation
Succeeded by
Thomas Henry Foley