John Talbot Dillon
Sir John Talbot Dillon, 1st Baronet, Baron Dillon (1739 – 17 July 1805) was an Irish politician and baronet, traveller and historical writer.
Career and travels
Dillon was the son of Arthur Dillon and Elizabeth Lambert, daughter of Ralph Lambert; and grandson of Sir John Dillon of Lismullen, knight, and Member of Parliament for Meath. Dillon sat in the Parliament of Ireland, representing Wicklow Borough from 1771 to 1776, and then Blessington from 1776 to 1783.
For much of this period, however, he was abroad, travelling in Italy and Spain, or residing in Vienna, where he enjoyed the favour of the Emperor Joseph II, from whom he received the title of Baron Dillon, of the Holy Roman Empire, on 4 July 1783. He used this title after recognition by King George III per Royal Licence on 22 February 1784. In the obituary notice in the Gentleman's Magazine for September 1805 it is said that this honour was conferred in recognition of his services in parliament on behalf of Catholics; and the date is given as 1782, which is repeated in the Baronetages of William Betham and Foster.
- John Burke (1832). A General and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. H. Colburn and R. Bentley. p. 36.
- Turner, Katherine. "Dillon, John Talbot". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/7658. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1888). "Dillon, John Talbot". Dictionary of National Biography. 15. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
|Parliament of Ireland|
| Member of Parliament for Wicklow Borough
With: Edward Tighe
Sir William Fownes, 2nd Bt
John Monck Mason
| Member of Parliament for Blessington
With: Charles Dunbar 1771–1779
John Reilly 1779–1783
|Baronetage of the United Kingdom|
|New title|| Baronet
1801 – 1805
of the Holy Roman Empire
|New title|| Baron Dillon
1783 – 1805