Thomas Nicholas Redington

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Sir Thomas Nicholas Redington KCB (2 October 1815 – 11 October 1862) was an Irish administrator, politician and civil servant.

Redington, only son of Christopher Talbot Redington (1780–1825), a captain in the army, by Frances, only daughter of Henry Dowell of Cadiz, was born at Kilcornan, Oranmore, County Galway. He was educated at Oscott College and at Christ's College, Cambridge, but as a Roman Catholic was not eligible to graduate with a degree.[1] Devoting himself to politics, he represented Dundalk in parliament in the Liberal interest from 1837 to 1846.[2]

On 11 July 1846 he was appointed under-secretary of state for Ireland, in 1847 a commissioner of national education, and ex officio an Irish poor-law commissioner. As a member of Sir John Burgoyne's relief commission in 1847 he rendered much active service during the famine, and in consequence of his services he was on 28 Aug. 1849 nominated a knight-commander of the civil division of the Bath, soon after Queen Victoria's first visit to Ireland. He served as secretary to the board of control from December 1852 to 1856, when he accepted the post of commissioner of inquiry respecting lunatic asylums in Ireland.

On 30 August 1842 he married Anne Eliza Mary, eldest daughter and coheiress of John Hyacinth Talbot, M.P., of Talbot Hall, County Wexford. He resided at Kilcornan House, but he died in London on 11 Oct. 1862.


  1. ^ "Redington, Thomas Nicholas (RDNN832TN)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ "House of Commons constituencies: D (part 4)". Leigh Rayment's Peerage pages. Retrieved 2008-04-11. 

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Redington, Thomas Nicholas". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Sharman Crawford
Member of Parliament for Dundalk
Succeeded by
Daniel O'Connell, Jnr
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Bruce
Henry Baillie
Joint Secretary to the Board of Control
Succeeded by
Post becomes non-political