William Knox (MP)

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The Hon. William Stuart Knox DL, JP (11 March 1826 – 16 February 1900), was an Irish politician.


Knox was a younger son of Thomas Knox, 2nd Earl of Ranfurly, and Mary Juliana, daughter of the Most Reverend William Stuart, Archbishop of Armagh.

Political and military career[edit]

Knox was elected Member of Parliament for Dungannon in 1851 (succeeding his elder brother Viscount Northland), a seat he held until 1874. He was a Groom in Waiting to Queen Victoria in 1852 and 1853.[1]

Commissioned into the 51st Foot, he retired as a major in 1855. From 1867 he was Honorary Colonel in the Mid Ulster Artillery, and he served as a Deputy Lieutenant and Justice of the Peace for County Tyrone.


Knox married in 1856 Georgiana Rooper, daughter of John Bonfoy Rooper, of Ripton Hall, Huntingdon. They had several children. He died at Cheltenham on 16 February 1900, aged 73.[1] His wife survived him by 26 years and died in November 1926.


  1. ^ a b "Obituary". The Times (36069). London. 19 February 1900. p. 8. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Viscount Northland
Member of Parliament for Dungannon
Succeeded by
Thomas Alexander Dickson