Thomas Knox, 1st Earl of Ranfurly

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Thomas Knox, 1st Earl of Ranfurly (5 August 1754 – 26 April 1840), styled The Honourable Thomas Knox between 1781 and 1818 and known as The Viscount Northland between 1818 and 1831, was an Irish peer and politician.

Background[edit]

Ranfurly was the eldest son of Thomas Knox, 1st Viscount Northland, and the Hon. Anne, daughter of John Vesey, 1st Baron Knapton.[1]

Political career[edit]

Ranfurly was elected a member of the Irish House of Commons for Carlingford in 1776, a seat he held until 1783, and then represented Dungannon between 1783 and 1790 and Tyrone between 1790 and 1798.[2] He was also a member of the British House of Commons for County Tyrone from 1806 to 1812.[3] In 1818 he succeeded his father in the viscountcy of Northland, but, as this was an Irish peerage it did not entitle him to a seat in the House of Lords. However, in 1826 he was created Baron Ranfurly, of Ramphorlie in the County of Renfrew, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, which entitled him and his successors to a seat in the upper chamber of parliament.[4] In 1831 he was further honoured when he was made Earl of Ranfurly in the Peerage of Ireland.[5]

Family[edit]

Lord Ranfurly married the Honourable Diana Jane, daughter of Edmund Pery, 1st Viscount Pery, in 1785. Their second son the Honourable Edmund Knox (1787–1867) was an Admiral in the Royal Navy. Lady Ranfurly died in November 1839. Lord Ranfurly only survived her by a few months and died in April 1840, aged 85. He was succeeded in his titles by his eldest son, Thomas.[1] His fourth son was Bishop William Knox.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lundy, Darryl. "p. 3673 § 36727". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2009-06-17. [unreliable source]
  2. ^ "Irish House of Commons 1692–1800". leighrayment.com. 2009-05-21. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  3. ^ "The House of Commons: Constituencies beginning with "T"". leighrayment.com. 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  4. ^ "No. 18259". The London Gazette. 17 June 1826. p. 1478. 
  5. ^ "No. 18846". The London Gazette. 9 September 1831. p. 1834. 
  6. ^  "Knox, William (1762-1831)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Blayney Townley-Balfour
Robert Ross
Member of Parliament for Carlingford
1776–1783
With: Theophilus Blakeney
Succeeded by
Sir John Blaquiere
Thomas Coghlan
Preceded by
Charles O'Hara
William Eden
Member of Parliament for Dungannon
1783–1790
With: Edmund Sexton Pery 1783
Lorenzo Moore 1783–1790
Succeeded by
Hon. John Knox
Hon. George Knox
Preceded by
James Stewart
Nathaniel Montgomery
Member of Parliament for Tyrone
1790–1797
With: James Stewart
Succeeded by
James Stewart
Viscount Corry
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Stewart
Sir John Stewart, Bt
Member of Parliament for Tyrone
18061812
With: James Stewart
Succeeded by
Sir John Stewart, Bt
Hon. Thomas Knox
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Earl of Ranfurly
1831–1840
Succeeded by
Thomas Knox
Preceded by
Thomas Knox
Viscount Northland
1818–1840
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Ranfurly
1826–1840
Succeeded by
Thomas Knox