Thomas Fortescue (1683–1769)

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Thomas Fortescue (1683 – 23 January 1769) was an Irish Member of Parliament.


He was descended from Sir Faithful Fortescue (c.1581–1666), a royalist commander during the English Civil War, a member of the Fortescue family of Buckland Filleigh in Devon, descended from Sir John Fortescue (c.1394-1479), Chief Justice of the King's Bench, of Ebrington Manor, Gloucestershire, a younger grandson of the Fortescue family of Whympston in the parish of Modbury in Devon, the earliest Fortescue seat in England.[1]


He sat in the Irish House of Commons for Dundalk from 1727 to 1760.

Marriage & progeny[edit]

He married Elizabeth Hamilton, a daughter of James Hamilton, a sister of James Hamilton, 1st Earl of Clanbrassil and a granddaughter of John Mordaunt, 1st Viscount Mordaunt, by whom he had progeny including:

Further reading[edit]

  • Clermont, Lord (d.1887), History of the Family of Fortescue in all its Branches, London, 1880


  • ^ Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, p.359 a quo Lord Clermont