Plunket (No.6) family genealogy

Lord Chancellor of Ireland

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SIR PATRICK PLUNKET, living temp. King Henry VIII., married a granddaughter of Sir William Welles, Lord Chancellor of Ireland. A descendant of said Sir Patrick Plunket was (see the "Conyngham" pedigree) the Rev. Thomas Plunket; commencing with whom the pedigree of this branch of the "Plunket" family is, as follows:

1. Rev. Thomas Plunket married Mary, dau. of David Conyngham, and left two sons—1. Patrick, 2. William.

I. Patrick, who was a Physician, m. and had:

I. William, who emigrated to America, m. and had (besides sons who d. in infancy) four daus.:—1. Margaret, 2. Isabella, 3. Hester, 4. Elizabeth:

I. Margaret married Isaac Richardson and left a large family. Her eldest son was:

I. Dr. William Plunket Richardson, whose granddaughter Mary R. Chrimes was living in 1885 at 4,500 Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

II. Isabella m. but left no issue.

III. Hester, who m. her cousin Robert Baxter, of Ireland, and had a dau. Margaret who married her cousin, Dr. Samuel Maclay, but left no issue.

IV. Elizabeth m. Senator Samuel Maclay, and left a large family, their descendants mostly living in Pennsylvania.

II. William-Conyngham: second son of Thomas; of whom presently.

2. William [1] Conyngham Plunket, b. 1765, d. 1854: second son of Thomas; created "Baron Plunket" in 1827; made Lord Chancellor of Ireland in 1830; m. Catherine, dau. of John Causland, M.P. for Donegal, and had six sons and four daus. The sons were:

I. Thomas, the second Baron, of whom presently.

II. John, Q.C., the third Baron; b. in 1793, died in 1871; m. in 1824 Charlotte (d. Sept. 1886), dau. of the Right Hon. Charles-Kendal Bushe, Lord Chief Justice of the Court of King's Bench in Ireland, and had five sons and eight daughters; the sons were:

I. William-Conyngham, of whom presently.

II. Charles-Bushe (b. 1830, d. 1880), who in 1860 married Emmeline, dau. of J. Morell, Esq., and had one son and four daughters: 1. David-Darley, b. in 1869; 1. Charlotte-Emmeline; 2. Kathleen-Phoebe; 3. Flora-Louisa; 4. Violet-Loe.

III. David-Robert, P.C., Q.C., LL.D., M.P. for the University of Dublin.

IV. Arthur-Cecil-Crampton, formerly in the 8th Foot; b. 1845, d. Oct., 1884; m. in 1870 Louisa-Frances, only child of James Hewitt, Esq., and had four sons and five daughters. The sons were: 1. Edward-Cecil-Lifford, b. 1871; 2. Henry-Coote-Lifford, b. 1875; 3. Archibald-John-Lifford, b. 1877; 4. James-Pratt-Lifford, b. 1880; and the five daughters were: 1. Vivian-Charlotte-Lifford; S.Louisa-Frances; 3.Eleanor-Alice-Lifford; 4. Ruby-Isabel-Lifford; 5. Irene-Arthur-Lifford.

V. Patrick-Henry-Coghill (twin with Arthur), late of the 70th Foot; m. in 1878 Anne-Agnes, youngest dau. of John Murray, Esq., of Marlfield, Clonmel, and has had four daughters: 1. Charlotte-Mabel; 2. Evelyn- Jane Ranger; 3. Agnes-Josephine Bushe; 4. Kathleen-Sybil. The eight daughters of John, the second Baron, were:

I. Anna (d. 1884), who in 1851 m. Right Rev. John R. Darley, D.D., Bishop of Kilmore.

II. Katherine-Frances (d. 1881), who in 1851 m. Sir John-Jocelyn Coghill, Bart.

III. Charlotte (d. 1878), who m. in 1853 Thomas-Henry Barton, Esq., and had issue.

IV. Louisa-Lilias, who in 1852 m. Richard-Jonas Greene, Esq., 2nd son of the Right Honble. Richard-Wilson Greene, Baron of the Exchequer in Ireland, and has issue.

V. Emily-Mary.

VI. Selina-Maria, who in 1864 m. Philip-Crampton Smyly, Esq., M.D., and has issue.

VII. Josephine-Alice.

VIII. Isabella-Katherine.

III. David, a Barrister-at-Law, who in 1837 m. Louisa, dau. of Robert Busby, Esq., and died Sept., 1868.

IV. William-Conyngham, Rector of Bray; d. 1857.

V.Patrick (d. 1859), a Judge of the Court of Bankruptcy in Ireland; m. in 1838 Maria, dau. of John Atkinson, Esq., of Ely Place, Dublin, and had two sons and a daughter:

I. William-Conyngham, born 1839.

II. Charles-John-Cedric, born 1854.

I. Constance-Gertrude-Maria, who in 1886 m. Richard-Mayne Tabuteau, Esq., of Simmons Court, co. Dublin.

VI. Robert (d. 1867), was Dean of Tuam and Rector of Headford, m. in 1830 Mary, dau. of Sir R. Lynch-Blosse, of Castle Carra, co. Galway, and had four daughters:—1. Catherine, who in 1853 m. the Rev. Weldon Ashe, Prebendary of Tuam and Incumbent of Annaghdown, who d. in 1874; 2. Isabella, who in 1856 m. G. St. George Tyner, Esq., F.R.C.S.I.; 3. Elizabeth-Louisa; 4. Frances-Mary, who in 1857 m. Rev. George-Oliver Brownrigg, Rector of Ballinrobe, Tuam; 4. Mary-Lynch Blosse, who in 1872 m. Robert-Vicars Fletcher, Esq., M.D., F.R.C.S.I.

The four daughters of William, the first Baron, were:

I. Elizabeth (d. 1835), m. in 1824 Rev. Sir Francis Lynch-Blosse, Bart., of Castle Carra, who d. in 1840.

II. Catherine, who d. in 1868.

III. Isabella (d. 1857), who in 1846 m. Henry Quin, Esq., of Burleigh, co. Wexford.

IV. Louisa.

3. Thomas Plunket, P.C., D.D., second Baron: eldest son of William, the first Baron; was in 1839 consecrated Lord Bishop of Tuam, Killala, and Achonry; b. 1792, and d. in Oct., 1866, when he was succeeded by his brother John. He m. in 1819 Louisa-Jane, dau. of John-William Foster, Esq., of Fanevalley, co. Louth, and had issue five daughters:

I. Katherine.

II. Mary-Elizabeth-Alice, who in 1862 m. Colonel Sir Thomas-Oriel Forster, Bart., C.B.

III. Frederica-Louisa-Edith, who d. unm. in Feb., 1886.

IV. Gertrude-Victoria.

V. Emily-Anna, who d. in 1843.

4. His Grace, Most Rev. The Right Honble. William-Conyngham Plunket, D.D., of Newton, county Cork, the fourth Baron: eldest son of John, the third Baron; Archbishop of Dublin, and Primate of Ireland; b. 1828, and living in 1887; m. in June 1863 Anne-Lee, only dau. of the late Sir Benjamin-Lee Guinness, Bart., of Ashford, M.P. (and sister of Arthur, the first Lord Ardilaun), and has two sons and four daughters:

I. Honble. William Lee, of whom presently.

II. Honble. Benjamin John, born 1870.

I. Honble. Elizabeth Charlotte.

II. Honble. Olivia Anne.

III. Honble. Kathleen Louisa.

IV. Honble. Ethel Josephine.

6. The Honble. William Lee Plunket: son of the Right Honble. William Conyngham Plunket, fourth Baron; b. 19th Dec, 1864, and living in 1887.


[1] William: William Conyngham Plunket, Lord Plunket, Lord Chancellor, was born at Enniskillen, 1st July, 1765. Shortly after his birth, his father, who was a Presbyterian minister, was called to officiate at the Strand Street Chapel in Dublin. Young Plunket entered college about the same time as his friends, Thomas A. Emmet and Yelverton. He became distinguished for his oratorical powers in the debates of the Historical Society, and in his third year obtained a scholarship. At his mother's house in Jervis Street (his father died in 1778), Burrowes, Bushe, Emmet, Magee (afterwards Archbishop), Tone, and Yelverton, constantly met on terms of the closest intimacy. In 1784 he entered at Lincoln's Inn, and two years afterwards was called to the Irish Bar, His progress was rapid and steady. In 1797 he was made King's Council; and in conjunction with Curran in 1798, he unsuccessfully defended John and Henry Sheares. He was brought into Parliament by Lord Charlemont in 1798, and was one of the most strenuous opponents of the Union. In 1807 Plunket entered Parliament for Midhurst; but in 1812 he exchanged that seat for the University of Dublin, which he represented until his elevation to the peerage. From the first he strenuously supported the claims of the Catholics for Emancipation, and worked with his friend Henry Grattan for their advancement. He died at Old Connaught, near Bray, county Wicklow, on the 4th January, 1854, aged 89, and was buried in Mount Jerome Cemetery, Dublin.