George Forbes, 7th Earl of Granard

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George Arthur Hastings Forbes, 7th Earl of Granard KP (5 August 1833 – 25 August 1889), styled Viscount Forbes from 1836 to 1837, was an Irish peer and soldier.


Background and education

He was the son of Major-General George Forbes, Viscount Forbes, and his wife, the Viscountess Forbes (née Frances Mary Territt); he succeeded his grandfather, George Forbes, 6th Earl of Granard, as the 7th Earl of Granard in 1837. From his mother's second marriage to Thomas Nugent Vaughan, he had a younger half-sister, Angela Frances Mary Vaughan, who married Sir Frederick FitzWygram, 4th Baronet. [1] He was educated at Eton.

Military career

Granard became the lieutenant-colonel commandant of the 9th Battalion of the Rifle Brigade, and was appointed honorary colonel of the Westmeath Militia on 29 May 1878. [2] He was made a Knight of St Patrick in 1857.

Granard was President of the British Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta from 1875 until his death, and was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Papal Order of St. Gregory the Great. He was also a member of the Senate of the Royal University of Ireland. Lord and Lady Granard converted to Roman Catholicism in 1869. [3]


By his first marriage to Jane Colclough Morgan on 2 June 1858, Granard had two daughters:

By his second marriage to the Honourable Frances Mary Petre, daughter of William Petre, 12th Baron Petre, on 4 September 1873, he had eight children:

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  1. Mosley, Charles, editor. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes. Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003, volume 3, page 4165.
  2. "No. 24587". The London Gazette . 28 May 1878. p. 3303.
  3. Gorman, Converts to Rome; 1899, 4th edition.
Honorary titles
Preceded by Lord Lieutenant of Leitrim
Succeeded by
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by Earl of Granard
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