Edmond Roche, 1st Baron Fermoy

Edmond Burke Roche, 1st Baron Fermoy (9 August 1815 – 17 September 1874) was an Irish politician in the British parliament and an Irish peer. His direct ancestor was Maurice FitzEdmund Roche, Mayor of Cork, who died in 1593.[1]

Edmond Burke Roche
Born(1815-08-09)9 August 1815
County Cork, Ireland
Died17 September 1874(1874-09-17) (aged 59)
Trabolgan, County Cork, Ireland
Title1st Baron Fermoy
Known for2nd Great-grandfather of Diana, Princess of Wales
OfficesLord Lieutenant of County Cork
Elizabeth Caroline Boothby (m. 1848)
ParentsEdward Roche
Margaret Honoria Curtain

Early lifeEdit

Edmond Roche was born on 9 August 1815 in County Cork, Ireland, the son of Edward Roche (1771–1855) and his wife Margaret Honoria Curtain (1786–1862).[1] He was named in honour of his distant relative Edmund Burke (1729–1797).


He was elected to the House of Commons for County Cork in 1837, a seat he held until 1855 (Repeal later Whig), and then represented Marylebone between 1859 and 1865 (Liberal). In 1855, he became Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds for the Liberal Party. From 1856 to 1874, he also served as Lord Lieutenant of County Cork.[2]


In 1865, he was raised to the Peerage of Ireland as Baron Fermoy by Queen Victoria. After his death in 1874, he was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son, Edward Roche, 2nd Baron Fermoy (1850–1920).[1] James Burke Roche, 3rd Baron Fermoy (1852–1920), who succeeded his sonless brother in 1920, was also his son.

Personal lifeEdit

On 22 August 1848, Edmond Roche married Elizabeth Caroline Boothby (1821–1897), daughter of James Brownell Boothby (1791–1850), of Twyford Abbey, and his wife Charlotte Cunningham (1799–1893). They had three children.[3]

He died on 17 September 1874 at his residence Trabolgan House, County Cork, aged 59, and was buried in a mausoleum in Corkbeg graveyard, Whitegate, County Cork.[3]

Fermoy's grandson Edmund Roche, 4th Baron Fermoy (1885–1955), was the maternal grandfather of Diana, Princess of Wales.[4][5]



  1. ^ a b c d Dod, Robert P. (1862). The Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage, of Great Britain and Ireland for 1862 (22nd ed.). London: Whittaker and Co. p. 258. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  2. ^ Mair, Robert H., ed. (1884). Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage, and Companionage (171st ed.). London: Dean & Son, Publishers. pp. 275–76. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Burke, Bernard; Burke, Ashworth P. (1914). Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire (76th ed.). London: Harrison & Sons. p. 772. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  4. ^ Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles (1929). Armorial Families: A Directory of Gentlemen of Coat-armour. London: Hurst & Blackett. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  5. ^ Bradford, Sarah (3 July 2007). Diana. New York: Penguin Books. ISBN 9780143112464.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Garrett Standish Barry
Richard Longfield
Member of Parliament for County Cork
With: Garrett Standish Barry 1837–1841
Daniel O'Connell 1841–1847
Maurice Power 1847–1852
Vincent Scully 1852–1855
Succeeded by
Vincent Scully
Rickard Deasy
Preceded by
Sir Benjamin Hall
Edwin James
Member of Parliament for Marylebone
With: Edwin James 1859–1861
Harvey Lewis 1861–1865
Succeeded by
Harvey Lewis
Sir Thomas Chambers
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Bandon
Lord Lieutenant of Cork
Succeeded by
The Earl of Bandon
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Baron Fermoy
Succeeded by
Edward Roche