Thomas Waring

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Thomas Waring
Member of Parliament
for North Down
In office
18 December 1885 12 August 1898
Preceded byConstituency created
Succeeded by John Blakiston-Houston
Personal details
Born(1828-10-17)17 October 1828
Waringstown, Ireland
Died12 August 1898(1898-08-12) (aged 69)
Political party Conservative
Irish Unionist
Spouse(s)Esther Smyth (d.1873)
Fanny Tucker (1874-83,died)
Geraldine Stewart

Col. Thomas Waring JP (17 October 1828 – 12 August 1898) [1] was an Irish barrister and Conservative Member of Parliament in the House of Commons at Westminster.

House of Commons of the United Kingdom Lower house in the Parliament of the United Kingdom

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Born at his family's ancestral home, Waringstown House, Waringstown, County Down, then son of Major Henry Waring JP and Frances Grace Waring (herself the daughter of the Very Rev. Holt Waring, Dean of Dromore). [1] Waring was elected Member of Parliament for North Down in 1885, sitting until his death in 1898. [2] He also served as High Sheriff of Down in 1868. He was an opponent of William Ewart Gladstone's Home Rule policy. [2]

Waringstown House

Waringstown House is a 17th-century Grade A listed building located in the village of Waringstown, County Down, Northern Ireland. As the oldest unfortified mansion house in Ireland, it was home to family of the place's namesake, William Waring, who founded the village. Today the building remains the home of the family's descendants.

County Down Place in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

County Down is one of six counties that form Northern Ireland, in the northeast of the island of Ireland. It covers an area of 2,448 km2 and has a population of 531,665. It is also one of the thirty-two traditional counties of Ireland and is within the province of Ulster. It borders County Antrim to the north, the Irish Sea to the east, County Armagh to the west, and County Louth across Carlingford Lough to the southwest.

The High Sheriff of Down is the Sovereign's judicial representative in County Down. Initially an office for lifetime, assigned by the Sovereign, the High Sheriff became annually appointed from the Provisions of Oxford in 1258. Besides his judicial importance, he has ceremonial and administrative functions and executes High Court Writs.


His first wife, Esther Smyth of Ardmore, Co. Londonderry, dying in 1873, aged 36, Waring married, secondly, on 6 August 1874, Fanny Tucker, of Trematon Castle, Cornwall. Fanny Waring died on 13 November 1883. Waring married for a third time, at Rostrevor, to Geraldine Stewart, of Ballyedmond, Rostrevor, Co. Down. [3]

Trematon Castle a shell keep built on a motte and bailey castle

Trematon Castle is situated near Saltash in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It was the caput of the feudal barony of Trematon. It is similar in style to the later Restormel Castle, with a 12th-century keep. Trematon Castle overlooks Plymouth Sound and was built probably by Robert, Count of Mortain on the ruins of an earlier Roman fort: it is a motte-and-bailey castle and dates from soon after the Norman conquest. It occupies a sentinel position one and a half miles south-east of Trematon village.

Cornwall County of England

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Rostrevor village in United Kingdom

Rostrevor is a village and townland in County Down, Northern Ireland. It lies at the foot of Slieve Martin on the coast of Carlingford Lough, near Warrenpoint. The Kilbroney River flows through the village and Rostrevor Forest is nearby. It is within Newry, Mourne and Down District.

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  1. 1 2 ‘WARING, Col Thomas’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 accessed 4 Dec 2010
  2. 1 2 History of the Diocese of Dromore (
  3. Howard, Joseph Jackson, Visitation of Ireland p. 112
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