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O'Brien, Sir Patrick

  • Person
  • 1823 – 23 April 1895

Sir Patrick O'Brien, 2nd Baronet, was an Irish politician. He was elected in 1852 as a Member of Parliament for King's County and held the seat until the constituency was divided at the 1885 general election. He was buried at Kensal Green Cemetery. He held the title of 2nd Baronet of Merrion Square and Borris-in-Ossary.

Parsons, Laurence, 2nd Earl of Rosse

  • Person
  • 1758-1841

Laurence Parsons, 2nd Earl of Rosse, Baron of Oxmantown, 5th Baronet, was born on 21 May 1758 to Sir William Parsons, 4th Baronet, and Lady Mary Clere. From 1782-1790. Laurence Parsons represented Dublin University in the Irish House of Commons. In the following years of 1791-1801, he sat as a Member of Parliament for King's County. In May 1797
Laurence Parsons married Lady Alice Lloyd, and they had five children. After the Act of Union in 1801, he sat for King's County in the British House of Commons until 1807, when he succeeded his uncle as the 2nd Earl of Rosse. He soon after became one of the Postmasters General of Ireland, in 1809. From 1809-1841 he sat in the House of Lords as an Irish Representative Peer, and served as Custos Rotulorum of King's County from 1828 until his death on the 24th of February 1841. The 2nd Earl of Rosse was succeeded by his son, William Parsons.

Parsons, William, 3rd Earl of Rosse

  • Person
  • 1800-1867

William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse, Baron of Oxmantown, 6th Baronet of Birr Castle, was born in June of 1800 to Lord Laurence Parsons, 2nd Earl of Rosse, and Lady Alice Lloyd. He served as a Member of Parliament from 1821-1834. Lord Rosse married Lady Mary Field, daughter of John Wilmer Field on 14 April 1836. Upon the death of his father, Laurence Parsons, 2nd Earl of Rosse in 1841, William became the 3rd Earl of Rosse. He was also President of the British Association from 1843-1844. Lord Rosse was president of the Royal Society from 1845-1854, while he also served as an Irish representative peer. From 1862-1867 he was chancellor of Trinity College, Dublin. Lord Rosse was an avid scientist, a passion that he shared with his wife, Mary Rosse, and is best known for building the 'Leviathan of Parsonstown,’ a 72-inch telescope. It was built in 1845 and was the largest telescope in the world. As an astronomer, he was first to discover the spiral nature of some nebulae (now called spiral galaxies), and naming the Crab Nebula. He died 31 October 1867, and was succeeded by his son, Laurence Parsons, 4th Earl of Rosse.