Charles Delafaye

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Charles Delafaye (1677 11 December 1762) was Member of the Parliament of Ireland for Belturbet from 1715 to 1727 [1] and Chief Secretary to the Earl of Galway and the Duke of Grafton who held joint Governorship. Delafaye shared his that role with Martin Bladen. [2]

Parliament of Ireland Former parliament of Ireland

The Parliament of Ireland was the legislature of the Lordship of Ireland, and later the Kingdom of Ireland, from 1297 until 1800. It was modelled on the Parliament of England and from 1537 comprised two chambers: the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The Lords were members of the Irish peerage and bishops. The Commons was directly elected, albeit on a very restricted franchise. Parliaments met at various places in Leinster and Munster, but latterly always in Dublin: in Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Chichester House (1661–1727), the Blue Coat School (1729–31), and finally a purpose-built Parliament House on College Green.

Belturbet was a constituency represented in the Irish House of Commons from 1611 to 1800.

Chief Secretary for Ireland position

The Chief Secretary for Ireland was a key political office in the British administration in Ireland. Nominally subordinate to the Lord Lieutenant, and officially the "Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant", from the early 19th century until the end of British rule he was effectively the government minister with responsibility for governing Ireland, roughly equivalent to the role of a Secretary of State. Usually it was the Chief Secretary, rather than the Lord Lieutenant, who sat in the British Cabinet. The Chief Secretary was ex officio President of the Local Government Board for Ireland from its creation in 1872.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1725. [3] He was appointed a Clerk of the Signet from 1728 to 1747.

Fellow of the Royal Society Elected Fellow of the Royal Society, including Honorary, Foreign and Royal Fellows

Fellowship of the Royal Society is an award granted to individuals that the Royal Society of London judges to have made a 'substantial contribution to the improvement of natural knowledge, including mathematics, engineering science and medical science'.

The Clerks of the Signet were English officials who played an intermediate role in the passage of letters patent through the seals. For most of the history of the position, four clerks were in office simultaneously.

He died in 1762 at the age of 85 at his home in Wichbury, near Salisbury.

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  1. Search Ulster Historical Foundation - Biographies of Members of the Irish Parliament 1692-1800
  2. Moody, T. W.; Martin, F. X.; Byrne, F. J., eds. (1984). Maps, Genealogies, Lists: A Companion to Irish History, Part II. A New History of Ireland. Volume IX. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 530. ISBN   0-19-821745-5.
  3. "Fellow details". Royal Society. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph Addison
Chief Secretary for Ireland
With: Martin Bladen
Succeeded by
Edward Webster
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Theophilus Butler
Brinsley Butler
Member of Parliament for Belturbet
With: Brinsley Butler
Hon. Humphrey Butler
Succeeded by
Thomas Butler
Hon. Humphrey Butler