John Townsend (Irish politician)

John Townsend (1737 – 4 August 1810)[1] was an Irish politician.

He was the third son of Richard Townsend, son of Bryan Townsend, and his second wife Elizabeth Beecher, daughter of Henry Beecher and granddaughter of Thomas Beecher.[2] In 1783, Townsend entered the Irish House of Commons for Dingle, the same constituency his brother Richard Townsend had also represented, and sat for it until 1797.[3] In the following year he was elected for Doneraile and Castlemartyr (Parliament of Ireland constituency), representing the latter until the Act of Union in 1801.[3]

In 1769, he married Mary Morris, daughter of Jonas Morris.[4] They had four daughters and four sons.[2]


  1. ^ Johnston-Liik, Edith Mary (2006). MPs in Dublin: Companion to History of the Irish Parliament 1692–1800. Ulster Historical Foundation. p. 128. ISBN 1-903688-60-4.
  2. ^ a b "ThePeerage - John Townsend". Retrieved 1 June 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Leigh Rayment - Irish House of Commons 1692-1800". Archived from the original on 1 June 2009. Retrieved 31 May 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  4. ^ Burke, John (1863). Bernhard Burke (ed.). Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry. Vol. vol. II. London: Harrison. p. 1528. {{cite book}}: |volume= has extra text (help)
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Dingle
With: Richard Boyle Townsend 1783
Bartholomew Hoare 1783–1797
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Doneraile
With: Peter Holmes
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Castlemartyr
1798 – 1801
With: Sir James Cotter, 2nd Bt
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom