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Mark Singleton (1762 – 17 July 1840) was an Anglo-Irish politician. He sat in the House of Commons of Great Britain as an MP for the borough of Eye from 1796 to 1799, in the Irish House of Commons in 1800 as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the rotten borough of Carysfort in County Wicklow,[1] and then in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom as an MP for Eye from 1807 to 1820.[2]

Singleton was the third son of Dublin lawyer Sydenham Singleton (formerly Fowke) and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Mark Whyte. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford and at Lincoln's Inn. In 1785 and eloped with Lady Mary Cornwallis, daughter of Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis, but her father soon endorsed the marriage.[3]

Despite qualifying as a barrister, Singleton turned to the British Army, becoming an ensign in the 1st Foot Guards in 1782. He later served as a major in the Suffolk volunteer cavalry, and a cornet in the Middlesex yeomanry.[3]

Singleton owed his career to the patronage of his father-in-law. After a period as a socialite, Cornwallis's influence secured Singleton's parliamentary seats and his appointment in 1795 as Storekeeper of Ordnance.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's historical List of Members of the Irish House of Commonscites: Johnston-Liik, Edith Mary (2002). The History of the Irish Parliament 1692-1800 (6 volumes). Ulster Historical Foundation.
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "E" (part 2)
  3. ^ a b c Stokes, Winifred (1986). Thorne (ed.). "SINGLETON, Mark (1762-1840), of Wimbledon, Surr". The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790–1820. Boydell and Brewer. Retrieved 20 June 2014.

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Viscount Brome
William Cornwallis
Member of Parliament for Eye
1796–1799
With: William Cornwallis
Succeeded by
James Cornwallis
William Cornwallis
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Robert Aldridge
Charles Osborne
Member of Parliament for Carysfort
1799–1800
With: Charles Osborne
Parliament of Ireland abolished
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hon. Henry Wellesley
James Cornwallis
Member of Parliament for Eye
18071820
With: Hon. Henry Wellesley to 1809
Charles Arbuthnot 1809–1812
Sir William Garrow 1812–1817
Sir Robert Gifford from 1817
Succeeded by
Sir Miles Nightingall
Sir Robert Gifford
Political offices
Preceded by
John Clater Aldridge
Storekeeper of the Ordnance
1795–1806
Succeeded by
John McMahon
Preceded by
John McMahon
Storekeeper of the Ordnance
1807–1829
Succeeded by
Frederick Trench