Thomas Tennison

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Thomas Tennison (1707 – 27 March 1779) was an Irish politician and judge. He served as Prime Serjeant and as a judge of the Court of Common Pleas. He also sat in the Irish House of Commons as member for Dunleer. [1]

This is a list (presently incomplete) of lawyers who held the rank of serjeant-at-law at the Irish Bar.

Court of Common Pleas (Ireland)

The Court of Common Pleas was one of the principal courts of common law in Ireland. It was a mirror image of the equivalent court in England. It was one of the four courts of justice that gave the Four Courts in Dublin its name.

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

The Irish House of Commons was the lower house of the Parliament of Ireland that existed from 1297 until 1800. The upper house was the House of Lords. The membership of the House of Commons was directly elected, but on a highly restrictive franchise, similar to the Unreformed House of Commons in contemporary England and Great Britain. In counties, forty-shilling freeholders were enfranchised whilst in most boroughs it was either only the members of self-electing corporations or a highly-restricted body of freemen that were able to vote for the borough's representatives. Most notably, Catholics were disqualified from sitting in the Irish parliament from 1691, even though they comprised the vast majority of the Irish population. From 1728 until 1793 they were also disfranchised. Most of the population of all religions had no vote. The vast majority of parliamentary boroughs were pocket boroughs, the private property of an aristocratic patron. When these boroughs were disfranchised under the Act of Union, the patron was awarded £15,000 compensation for each.

He was born in Dillonstown, County Louth, son of Henry Tennison, Member of Parliament for Louth and grandson of Richard Tennison (1642-1705), Bishop of Meath; his mother was Anne Moore of County Fermanagh, a cousin of the Earl of Drogheda. His father was a wealthy landowner of scholarly tastes, who was part of the Dublin intellectual circle which revolved around Esther Johnson, the beloved Stella of Jonathan Swift; Henry and Swift had been friends at Trinity College, Dublin. [2] Henry died when his son was only two years old, and Anne had died the previous year. Thomas and his sister Mary were raised by relatives, most likely by their uncle Richard Tennison junior, MP for Dunleer, who founded the County Monaghan branch of the family. [3]

County Louth County in the Republic of Ireland

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Louth was a constituency represented in the Irish House of Commons to 1801.

Richard Tenison was an Irish bishop of Killala, Clogher and Meath.

He married the heiress Dorothy Upton, daughter of Thomas Upton, Member of Parliament for Antrim, and cousin of the first Baron Templetown, by his wife Sarah Rowley of Derry. They had one son, Richard, who predeceased his father by 20 years, leaving at least one daughter but no son, [1] so that Thomas's estate passed at his death to his nephew Dixie Coddington, the son of his sister Mary, who married Nicholas Coddington.

Derry city in Northern Ireland

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He went to school in Dublin and matriculated from the University of Dublin in 1725. He entered Middle Temple in 1726 and was called to the Irish Bar in 1728. He acted as a Commissioner for Revenue appeals and became Prime Serjeant in 1759. Two years later he was appointed justice of the Court of Common Pleas. He died in Dundalk in 1779, while on assize. [1]

Dublin capital and largest city in Ireland

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University of Dublin university located in Dublin, Ireland

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Middle Temple one of the four Inns of Court in London, England

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He represented Dunleer in the Parliament of Ireland from 1728 to 1760 and from April to December 1761. [4] As a politician he was noted for a style of oratory which was "warm, if not always clear"; in private life he was noted as a connoisseur of wine. [2]

Parliament of Ireland

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  1. 1 2 3 Ball, F. Elrington, The Judges in Ireland 1221-1921, John Murray, London, 1926, vol. 2, p. 212.
  2. 1 2 Ball, p. 161.
  3. Johnson-Liik, Edith Mary MPs in Dublin- Companion to the History of the Irish Parliament 1692-1800 Ulster Historical Foundation 2006 p.237
  4. "Biographies of Members of the Irish Parliament 1692-1800". Ulster Historical Foundation. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Francis North
William Tenison
Member of Parliament for Dunleer
With: Francis North (1728–1738)
Anthony Foster (1738–1761)
John Foster (1761)
Succeeded by
John Foster
Dixie Coddington