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Leitrim, Earl of (I, 1795 - 1952)


Creation: let.pat. 6 Oct 1795


Extinct: 9 Jun 1952


Family name: Clements




Quarterly:  1st and 4th, Argent two Bends wavy Sable on a Chief Gules three Bezants (Clements);  2nd and 3rd, Per pale indented Or and Gules (Bermingham)


A Hawk proper


Dexter: A Buck proper in its mouth a Trefoil Vert;  Sinister: A Buck proper plain collared Or


 Patriis virtutibus



Robert [Clements], 1st Baron Leitrim later 1st Viscount Leitrim later 1st Earl of Leitrim, PC

son and heir of Rt Hon Nathaniel Clements MP, Deputy Vice-Treasurer of Ireland and Teller of the Irish Exchequer, by his wife Hannah Gore, dau. of Very Rev William Gore, Dean of Down


25 Nov 1732


30 May 1765 Lady Elizabeth Skeffington (b. c. 1738; d. 29 May 1817; bur. with her husband in St Michan's Church, Dublin), 1st dau. of Clotworthy [Skeffington], 1st Earl of Massereene, by his second wife Anne Eyre, dau. and hrss. by his first wife of Henry Eyre, of Row Tor, co. Derby


1. Hon Nathaniel Clements, later 2nd Earl of Leitrim

2. Lt Col Hon Robert Clotworthy Clements (d. Jul 1828)

1. Lady Elizabeth Clements (d. 29 Dec 1859)

2. Lady Louisa Clements (d. 2 May 1836)

3. Lady Caroline Elizabeth Letitia Clements (b. c. 1781; d. 9 Aug 1805), mar. 27 May 1802 as his second wife John Thomas [Townshend], 2nd Viscount Sydney, and had issue


27 Jul 1804 (bur. in St Michan's Church, Dublin)


11 Oct 1783 Baron Leitrim, of Manor Hamilton in the County of Leitrim

20 Dec 1793 Viscount Leitrim

6 Oct 1795 Earl of Leitrim

suc. by



Controller of the Great and Small Customs, Port of Dublin 1758-1804; High Sheriff of co. Leitrim 1759; Commissioner of the Irish Revenue 1772-73; Member of Parliament for co. Donegal 1765-68 and 1776-85 and for Carrick 1768-76; Governor of co. Leitrim 1777; Custos Rotulorum of co. Donegal 1777-1804; Ranger of Phoenix Park, Dublin 1777-87; Governor of co. Donegal 1781; Searcher, Packer and Gauger of the Port of Dublin 1787; a Representative Peer for Ireland 1801-04; Privy Councillor [I] 1802


Nathaniel [Clements], 2nd Earl of Leitrim, KP PC


9 May 1768


24 Jul 1800 Mary Bermingham (d. 5 Feb 1840), 1st dau. and cohrss. of William Bermingham, of Ross Hill, co. Galway, by his wife Mary Ruttledge, 1st dau. and cohrss. of Thomas Ruttledge


1. Hon Robert Bermingham Clements, styled Viscount Clements, Member of Parliament (Whig) for co. Leitrim 1826-30 and 1832-39 (b. 27 May 1805; dvp. 24 Jan 1839; bur. in St Michan's Church, Dublin)

2. Hon William Sydney Clements, later 3rd Earl of Leitrim

3. Capt Hon Charles Skeffington Clements, Member of Parliament for co. Leitrim 1847-52 (b. 1807; d. 29 Sep 1877)

4. Hon George Robert Anson Clements RN (dvp. 5 Dec 1837)

5. Rev Hon Francis Nathaniel Clements, Vicar of Norton and hon Canon of Durham (b. 1812; d. 27 May 1870), mar. (1) 3 Dec 1838 Charlotte King, dau. of Rev Gilbert King, of Langfield, co. Tyrone, and (2) 6 Jan 1870 Amelia Verner (dsp. 1911), 1st dau. of Sir William Verner, 1st Bt., and had issue by his first wife:

1a. Robert Bermingham Clements, later 4th Earl of Leitrim

1a. Lady Anne Clements, mar. (1) 10 Sep 1873 Henry Augustus Murray (d. 1882), and (2) 17 Mar 1885 Rev George Peloquin Graham Cosserat, Rector of Winfrith, co. Dorset (dsp. 1889)

2a. Lady Caroline Clements (d. 4 Mar 1914), mar. 6 Oct 1864 John Madden, of Hilton Park, co. Monaghan (d. 24 Jul 1902), and had issue

3a. Lady Elizabeth Emily Clements (d. 1 May 1918), mar. 1 Jul 1873 Henry Andrew Harper (d. 3 Nov 1900), and had issue

4a. Lady Louisa Frances Clements, mar. 1 Jun 1869 Ven George Hans Hamilton DD, Archdeacon of Northumberland (d. 23 Sep 1905), and had issue

5a. Lady Selina Charlotte Clements, mar. 30 Nov 1892 Dr George Ernest Lyndon, of Clonnegonnel House, co. Cavan (d. 1894), and had issue

6a. Lady Mary Florence Edith Clements OBE (b. 1 May 1857; d. 9 Feb 1933), mar. 1 May 1879 Llewellyn Nevill Vaughan [Lloyd-Mostyn], 3rd Baron Mostyn, and had issue

1. Lady Maria Clements (dsp. 8 Jan 1885), mar. 24 Jul 1828 Rev Hon Edward Southwell Keppel, Clerk of the Closet and Rector of Quiddenham (b. 16 Aug 1800; dsp. 1 Dec 1883), 4th son of William Charles [Keppel], 4th Earl of Albemarle, by his first wife Hon Elizabeth Southwell, 2nd dau. of Edward [Southwell], 20th Baron de Clifford

2. Lady Elizabeth Victoria Clements (b. c. 1803; d. 28 Jan 1892)

3. Lady Caroline Clements (d. 12 Oct 1869), mar. 21 Mar 1833 John Ynyr Burges, of Parkanaur, co. Tyrone, and Eastham, co. Essex (d. 20 Apr 1889), and had issue


31 Dec 1854 (bur. in St Michan's Church, Dublin)


20 Jun 1831 Baron Clements, of Kilmacrenan in the County of Donegal (Peerage of the United Kingdom)

suc. by



Member of Parliament (Whig) for Carrick 1790-97 and for co. Leitrim 1797-1800 and 1801-04; Custos Rotulorum for co. Leitrim 1795-1854 and for co. Donegal 1804-54; Sheriff of co. Leitrim 1796; Col, Donegal Regiment 1796-1802; Lord Lieutenant of co. Leitrim 1831-54; Knight of St Patrick 1834 ; Privy Councillor [I] 1834


William Sydney [Clements], 3rd Earl of Leitrim


16 Oct 1806


2 Apr 1878 (bur. in St Michan's Church, Dublin)

suc. by



entered Royal Military College, Sandhurst 1823; Ensign 1824, Lieut 1826, Capt 43rd Light Infantry Regiment 1831 and Lt Col 1855; ADC to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1831-39; Member of Parliament (Liberal) for co. Leitrim 1839-47; deeply opposed to the Irish Land Act of 1870, he was hated by his tenants for his overbearing behaviour as landlord; he was removed as a Justice of the Peace for cos. Leitrim, Donegal and Galway, following a quarrel with the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland; he was murdered along with his clerk and driver while on his way to his residence in Milford


Robert Bermingham [Clements], 4th Earl of Leitrim


5 Mar 1847


2 Sep 1873 Lady Winifred Coke (b. 12 Jan 1851; d. 22 Mar 1940), 5th dau. of Thomas William [Coke], 2nd Earl of Leicester, by his first wife Juliana Whitbread, 1st dau. by his first wife of Samuel Charles Whitbread, of Cardington Park, co. Bedford


1. Hon Charles Clements, later 5th Earl of Leitrim

2. Hon Robert Clements (b. 1 May 1888 ; dvp. 28 Apr 1890)

3. Hon Francis Patrick Clements RN, Naval officer 1898-1906 (b. 13 Sep 1885; d. on or after 20 May 1907)

1. Lady Winifred Edith Clements (b. c. 1875; d. 24 Jan 1966), mar. 21 Jan 1899 Arthur Henry Renshaw, of Watlington Park, co. Oxford (b. 18 Feb 1851; d. 25 Dec 1912), brother of Sir Charles Bine Renshaw, 1st Bt. MP, and 4th son of Thomas Charles Renshaw QC, of Sandrocks, co. Sussex, by his wife Elizabeth Blaker, dau. and hrss. of George Blaker, of Patcham, co. Sussex, and had issue

2. Lady Mary Hilda Clements (d. 7 Apr 1919), mar. 5 Jul 1905 as his first wife Robert John [Strutt], 4th Baron Rayleigh, and had issue

3. Lady Maude Clements (d. 19 Jan 1932), mar. (1) 19 Jan 1899 Maj Henry Wyndham Vivian, 1st son and heir of Brig Gen Sir Arthur Pendarves Vaughan KCB MP, of Glanafon, co. Glamorgan, by his first wife Lady Augusta Emily Wyndham-Quin, 2nd but 1st surv. dau. of Edwin Richard Windham [Wyndham-Quin], 3rd Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl, and (2) 15 Sep 1910 Christopher Foulis Roundell CBE, of Dorfold Hall, Nantwich, co. Chester (b. 11 Jul 1876; d. 29 Dec 1959), only child of Charles Savile Roundell MP, of Brighton, co. Sussex, by his wife Julia Anne Elizabeth Tollemache, 1st dau. of Wilbraham Tollemache, of Dorfold Hall, co. Chester, and had issue by both husbands

4. Lady Lily Clements (b. 1 Jan 1882; dvp. 12 Feb 1882)

5. Lady Kathleen Clements (d. 22 Dec 1975), mar. (1) 2 Mar 1910 Lieut Granville Keith-Falconer Smith (b. 26 Feb 1886; dvp. 29 Oct 1914), 1st son and heir ap. of Col Granville Roland Francis Smith CVO CB, of Duffield Hall, co. Derby, by his wife Lady Blanche Catherine Keith-Falconer, 2nd dau. of Francis Alexander [Keith-Falconer], 8th Earl of Kintore, and (2) 2 Apr 1919 Cmdr Ronald Granville Studd DSO RN (b. 6 Sep 1889; dsp. 9 Jan 1956), 2nd son of Sir (John Edward) Kynaston Studd, 1st Bt. GBE, Lord Mayor of London 1928-29, by his first wife Hilda Proctor-Beauchamp, 2nd dau. of Sir Thomas William Brograve Beauchamp-Proctor later Proctor-Beauchamp, 4th Bt., and had issue by her first husband


5 Apr 1892 (bur. at Carrigart, near Mulroy, co. Donegal)

suc. by



Lieut, Royal Navy


Charles [Clements], 5th Earl of Leitrim


23 Jun 1879

mar. (1)

22 Oct 1902 (div. 1932) Violet Lina Henderson (b. 14 Aug 1879; dsp. 9 Jul 1943), only dau. of Robert Henderson, of Sedgwick Park, co. Sussex, a Director of the Bank of England, by his wife Emma Caroline Hargreaves, 2nd dau. of Jonathan Hargreaves, of Cuffnells, co. Hampshire

mar. (2)

29 Apr 1939 Hon Anne Mary Challoner Borrett (b. 31 Aug 1892; former wife of Maj Percy Rygate Borrett, only son of Thomas Percy Borrett, of Cransford Hall, Saxmundham, co. Suffolk), sister of William Charles Arcedekne [Vanneck], 5th Baron Huntingfield, and 2nd dau. of Hon William Arcedekne Vanneck (by his wife Mary Armstrong, dau. of Dr William Armstrong, of Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia), 2nd son of Charles Andrew [Vanneck], 3rd Baron Huntingfield


s.p. 9 Jun 1952


2nd Lieut, 9th Lancers 1900 and Lieut 1901; Maj, Royal Inniskillen Fusiliers; served in the South African War 1899-1902 and World War I 1914-18; Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Colonies 1917


On the death of the 5th Earl of Leitrim the Earldom of Leitrim became extinct.


 Last updated 23 Sep 2006



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