Thomas Knox, 1st Viscount Northland

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Thomas Knox, 1st Viscount Northland (20 April 1729 – 5 November 1818), known as The Lord Welles between 1781 and 1791, was an Irish politician.


Thomas Knox was the son of Thomas Knox and Hester Echlin. He married Anne Vesey in 1753 and they had seven children. He died on 5 November 1818 at age 89.[1]

Political career[edit]

Knox was Member of Parliament in the Irish House of Commons for Dungannon from 1755 until 1781. In 1781,[2] he was elevated to the Peerage of Ireland as Baron Welles, of Dungannon in the County of Tyrone.[3]

In 1791 Knox was ennobled as Viscount Northland, of Dungannon in the County of Tyrone.[4] With the Act of Union and the abolition of the Irish Parliament in 1800, he became one of the 28 original Irish Representative Peers in the British House of Lords from then until his death.

About that time he was also appointed Custos Rotulorum of Tyrone.[5]


  1. ^ "Thomas Knox, 1st Viscount Northland of Dungannon". The Retrieved 28 May 2010. 
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  3. ^ Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage. 3 (107 ed.). Wilmington, Delaware: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books). p. 3270. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1. 
  4. ^ "No. 13322". The London Gazette. 2 July 1791. p. 387. 
  5. ^ The Gentleman's Magazine. p. 567. 

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Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Charles Echlin
Thomas Knox
Member of Parliament for Dungannon
With: Thomas Knox 1755–1769
John Knox 1769–1776
Charles O'Hara 1776–1781
Succeeded by
Charles O'Hara
William Eden
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Baron Welles
Succeeded by
Thomas Knox
Viscount Northland