Maxwell Landed Gentry of Ireland

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Baron Farnham - County Cavan, Northern Ireland

The Maxwells of Parkhill; and other families of the name, sprung from the same common ancestor as the Calderwood family. The Rev. Robert Maxwell, 2d son of Sir John Maxwell of Calderwood, knight, in the end of the reign of Queen Elizabeth was sent over to Ireland, by James VI., to secure an interest for his majesty in that kingdom. He was appointed dean of Armagh, and was ancestor of the earls of Farnham peerage of Ireland, and of the Waring-Maxwells of Finnibrogue, county Down.

The Maxwell family from whom the Barons Farnham were descended arrived in Ireland towards the end of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, who died in 1603. Robert Maxwell, of Calderwood. (now part of East Kilbride) Lanarkshire, Scotland, arrived in Ireland at this time, and has been described as 'one of four lowland Scots of any consequence who lived in the English Pale'.

Robert's eldest son, also Robert Maxwell, became Church of Ireland bishop of Kilmore in 1643, and Ardagh in 1661. In 1664, Robert purchased the manors of Dromhill and Dromellan in the central barony of Upper Loughtee, County Cavan, from Thomas Waldron, thus initiating the Maxwell family's position as Cavan's major landowners for the next 330 years Baron Farnham, of Farnham in the County of Cavan, is a title in the Peerage of Ireland. It was created in 1756 for John Maxwell, who had previously represented Cavan Borough in the Irish House of Commons. John Maxwell's son, the second Baron, was created Viscount Farnham in 1760 and Earl of Farnham in 1763. Both titles were in the Peerage of Ireland but became extinct when he died childless in 1779. His brother and successor, the third Baron, was again created Viscount Farnham in 1781 and Earl of Farnham in 1785. These titles were also in the Peerage of Ireland. His son, the second Earl, sat in the House of Lords as an Irish Representative Peer from 1816 to 1823. However, he had no children and on his death in 1823 the viscountcy and earldom became extinct.

He was succeeded in the barony by his first cousin, the fifth Baron. He was the eldest son of The Most Rev. The Hon. Henry Maxwell, Bishop of Meath, third son of the first Baron. Lord Farnham sat as a Member of Parliament for County Cavan and was an Irish Representative Peer in the House of Lords from 1825 to 1838. His nephew, the seventh Baron (who succeeded his father in 1838), also represented County Cavan in the House of Commons and served as an Irish Representative Peer between 1839 and 1868. Lord Farnham and his wife were killed in the Abergele train disaster of 1868. The title then passed to his younger brother, the eighth Baron, who had earlier represented County Cavan in Parliament. He was succeeded by another brother, the ninth Baron, who also sat as a Member of Parliament for County Cavan. In 1885 he succeeded a distant relative as eleventh Baronet of Calderwood. On his death the titles passed to his nephew, the tenth Baron. He served as Lord Lieutenant of County Cavan and was briefly an Irish Representative Peer from 1898 until his early death in 1900. His son, the eleventh Baron, sat in the House of Lords as an Irish Representative Peer from 1908 to 1957. As of 2014 the titles are held by his grandson, the thirteenth Baron, who succeeded his elder brother in 2001. Lord Farnham is the son of Lieutenant-Colonel the Hon. Somerset Arthur Maxwell. He lives in Oxfordshire in Great Britain.

The Farnhams are remembered:

in the name of one of the main streets in Cavan town, Farnham Street, as well as in the name of a hotel, The Farnham Arms, which has the family crest with inscription Je suis pret (I am ready) above the door.

The family seat was Farnham House, near Cavan, County Cavan.

Barons Farnham (1756):

  • John Maxwell, 1st Baron Farnham (d. 1759)
    Robert Maxwell, 2nd Baron Farnham (d. 1779) (created Earl of Farnham in 1763)

Earls of Farnham, First Creation (1763):

Robert Maxwell, 1st Earl of Farnham, 2nd Baron Farnham (d. 1779)

Barons Farnham (1756; Reverted):

Barry Maxwell, 3rd Baron Farnham (d. 1800) (created Earl of Farnham in 1785)

Earls of Farnham, Second Creation (1785):

**Barry Maxwell, 1st Earl of Farnham (d. 1800) John James Maxwell, 2nd Earl of Farnham (1760–1823

Barons Farnham (1756; Reverted):

  • John Maxwell-Barry, 5th Baron Farnham (1767–1838)
  • Henry Maxwell, 6th Baron Farnham (1774–1838)
  • Henry Maxwell, 7th Baron Farnham (1799–1868)
  • Somerset Richard Maxwell, 8th Baron Farnham (1803–1884)
  • James Pierce Maxwell, 9th Baron Farnham (1813–1896)
  • Somerset Henry Maxwell, 10th Baron Farnham (1849–1900)
  • Arthur Kenlis Maxwell, 11th Baron Farnham (1879–1957)
  • Barry Owen Somerset Maxwell, 12th Baron Farnham (1931–2001)
  • Simon Kenlis Maxwell, 13th Baron Farnham (b. 1933)
  • The heir apparent is the present holder's son Hon. Robin Somerset Maxwell (b. 1965).
  • The heir apparent's heir apparent is his son James David Somerset Maxwell

The Maxwells of Finnebrogue, The Perceval Maxwells ( County Down ) Rev. Robert Maxwell was appointed Dean of Armagh by King James I and his eldest son became Bishop of Kilmore in 1643. (1) Robert's second son, Henry Maxwell, was leased a large estate "in perpetuity" at Finnebrogue, between the Quoile River and Strangford Lough in County Down. The Maxwells of Finnebrogue are known today as the Perceval Maxwells.

Robert Percival/Perceval Maxwell Robert Perceval Maxwell Robert David Perceval-Maxwell (1870 to 1932) 16th cousin 3 times removed to Maria Maxwell

The Waring-Maxwells of Finnebrougue, County Down

Surnames of County Down - Maxwell

County Tyrone

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