William Hare, 1st Earl of Listowel

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William Hare, 1st Earl of Listowel (September 1751 – 13 July 1837), known as Lord Ennismore from 1800 to 1816 and as the Viscount Ennismore and Listowel from 1816 to 1822, was an Irish peer and Member of Parliament.


He was the second son of Richard Hare of Ennismore, County Kerry, and Catherine (also known as Margaret) daughter of Samuel Maylor. An older brother John died unmarried in 1774.

In 1796, Hare was elected to the Irish House of Commons for Cork City, a seat he held only until 1797, and then represented Athy from 1798 until the Act of Union in 1801. The latter year he was raised to the Peerage of Ireland as on 31 July 1800 Baron Ennismore, in the County of Kerry. On January 1816 he was created Viscount Ennismore and Listowel and on 5 February 1822 he was even further honoured when he was elevated to Earl of Listowel in County Kerry in the Peerage of Ireland.

Lord Listowel married, firstly, Mary, only daughter of Henry Wrixon of Ballygiblin, County Cork in 1772. After her death in 1810 he married, secondly, Anne, daughter of John Latham, in 1812.

When his first wife died, he married secondly on 2 March 1815, Anne, second daaughter of John Latham of Meldrum, County Tipperary. By his first wife he had :

He died on 13 July 1837, aged 85, and was succeeded in his titles by his grandson William, his son Richard Hare, Viscount Ennismore, having predeceased him. Lady Listowel died in 1859.



  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (eds.) Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage London and New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
  • Charles Mosley (ed.), Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, (106th edition, 1999), vol.1, p.1734

Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Hon. John Hely-Hutchinson
Richard Longfield
Member of Parliament for Cork City
with Hon. John Hely-Hutchinson

Succeeded by
Hon. John Hely-Hutchinson
Mountifort Longfield
Preceded by
Arthur Ormsby
Frederick Falkiner
Member of Parliament for Athy
with Richard Hare

Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
New creation
Earl of Listowel
Succeeded by
William Hare