Thomas Pakenham, 1st Baron Longford

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Thomas Pakenham, 1st Baron Longford (May 1713 – 30 April 1766) was an Irish peer and politician.

He was born in 1713 at Pakenham Hall, County Westmeath, Ireland, eldest son of Edward Pakenham and Margaret, daughter of John Bradestan; he was the grandson of Sir Thomas Pakenham (1649-1703), the Prime Serjeant.[1] Between 1745 and 1757, Pakenham represented Longford Borough in the Irish House of Commons.

He married Elizabeth Cuffe, 1st Countess of Longford, in 1739 and in 1756 was created the 1st Baron Longford because his wife was the grand-niece and heiress of Ambrose Aungier, 2nd Earl of Longford, who had died without issue.

They had seven children, four sons and three daughters:

  1. Robert Pakenham ( - 1775)
  2. Edward Michael Pakenham, 2nd Baron Longford (1 April 1743 - 3 June 1792)
  3. Hon. Frances Pakenham (1744-1776)
  4. Hon. Helena Pakenham (1745-1777)
  5. Hon. Mary Pakenham (1749-1775)
  6. Hon. William Pakenham (1756-1769)
  7. Admiral Hon. Sir Thomas Pakenham (1757 - 2 February 1836)

Pakenham died 30 April 1766 at the age of 52. Upon his death their son, Edward, became the 2nd Baron Longford. The first baron's fourth son was Admiral Sir Thomas Pakenham.[2]


  1. ^ "Thomas Pakenham, 1st Baron Longford". Retrieved 2009-02-05. 
  2. ^ The Honourable Thomas Pakenham, G.D.B. The Annual biography and obituary. 1837. p. 236. 
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Michael Cuffe
Richard Edgeworth
Member of Parliament for Longford Borough
With: Richard Edgeworth
Succeeded by
Roger Hall
Richard Edgeworth
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Baron Longford
Succeeded by
Edward Pakenham