Thomas Southwell, 2nd Viscount Southwell

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Thomas Arthur Southwell, 2nd Viscount Southwell (16 April 1742 – 14 February 1796), [1] styled The Honourable from 1766 until 1780, was an Irish peer and politician.

He was the oldest son of Thomas Southwell, 1st Viscount Southwell and his wife Margaret Hamilton, daughter of Arthur Cecil Hamilton of Castle Hamilton, Killeshandra Co. Cavan. [2] His younger brother was Robert Henry Southwell. [3] Southwell was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. [4] In 1780, he succeeded his father as viscount. [3]

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Killeshandra Town in Ulster, Ireland

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In 1767, Southwell entered the Irish House of Commons for Limerick County, the same constituency his father had represented before, and sat for it until the following year. [5]

Irish House of Commons lower house of the irish parliament (until 1800)

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Limerick County was a constituency represented in the Irish House of Commons until 1800.

Marriage, children, and succession

On 7 November 1774, he married Sophia Maria Josepha Walsh, third daughter of Francis Joseph Walsh, Comte de Serrant, and had by her four sons and four daughters. [2] Southwell died aged 53 and was succeeded in his titles by his oldest son Thomas. [6]

Thomas Anthony Southwell, 3rd Viscount Southwell KP was an Irish peer. He became Viscount Southwell in 1796 on the death of Thomas Southwell, 2nd Viscount Southwell and was appointed a Knight of the Order of St Patrick on 12 September 1837. He was lord of the manor of Garway at Garway House in Herefordshire. The Irish peer married Jane, daughter of John Berkeley of Spetchley by Jane Compton. They became Roman Catholic and joint owners on their marriage of the several properties including Longmores, Lodge Farm, Church Farm and Coleman's Farm; and later New House Farm, Cwm Madoc Farm, Garway Court, Great Demesne Farm, and the Darren Mill on the River Monnow. The whole estate comprised almost 3,000 acres. The lordship included riparian rights to take profits from the river; with excellent salmon fishing in Victorian times, it was a lucrative tenure holding. In 1808 it was held jointly between Southwell and Robert Cannings Esq, who were also entitled to sit at the Court Baron, appoint the steward, and pass sentence on legal cases such as encroachment, amercements, obstruction and presentment; and the appointment of a petty constable to the parish. Lord Southwell appointed Thomas Wakerman of Graig, another Roman Catholic, in 1810 to be his manor steward. Wakerman was also a solicitor and eminent local historian. Lord Southwell only visited the county on a few occasions, to shoot pheasants. The rest of the time he spent in Ireland, London and the south of France. They had two sons and three daughters:

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Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Hon. Thomas George Southwell
Hugh Massy
Member of Parliament for Limerick County
With: Hugh Massy
Succeeded by
Silver Oliver
Hugh Massy
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Thomas Southwell
Viscount Southwell
Succeeded by
Thomas Southwell