Thomas Roper, 1st Viscount Baltinglass

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Thomas Roper, 1st Viscount Baltinglass (c.1587 – 18 February 1638) was an Anglo-Irish soldier and peer.

Roper served as a distinguished military commander of the English royal army in Ireland during the reign of James I, having fought at a young age in the Tudor conquest of Ireland. He was knighted at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin on 16 September 1603 and was invested as member of the Privy Council of Ireland. On 10 November 1626 he obtained a grant of the monastery and Lordship of Baltinglass from The Crown. On 27 June 1627 he was created Viscount Baltinglass and Baron of Bantry in the Peerage of Ireland. [1] [2]

He married Ann Harington, daughter of Sir Henry Harington and Ruth Pilkington, with whom he had four children, two sons and two daughters. He was buried on 20 February 1638 at Church of St. John the Evangelist, Dublin. He was succeeded by his second son, also called Thomas. [3] This is another occasion where Cokayne’s Peerage is unreliable. [4]

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References

  1. ThePeerage.com (entry #73757) http://www.thepeerage.com/p7376.htm#i73757 (Accessed 7 March 2015)
  2. The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct, or Dormant (1910), Cokayne, George Edward (main author) and Vicary Gibbs (added author), (New edition. 13 volumes in 14. London: St. Catherine Press,1910-), vol. 1 p. 397
  3. Henry E Huntington Library, STT 1731 which refers to Harry the eldest son (b.1616-d. before his father)
  4. The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct, or Dormant (1910), Cokayne, George Edward (main author) and Vicary Gibbs (added author), (New edition. 13 volumes in 14. London: St. Catherine Press,1910-), vol. 1 p. 397
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Viscount Baltinglass
2nd creation
1627–1638
Succeeded by
Thomas Roper