Richard Boyle Townsend

Richard Boyle Townsend (1756 – 26 November 1826)[1] was an Irish politician.

He was the only son of Richard Townsend and his wife Elizabeth FitzGerald, daughter of John FitzGerald, 15th Knight of Kerry.[2] His uncles were Maurice FitzGerald, 16th Knight of Kerry and John Townsend.[3] Townsend entered the Irish House of Commons in 1782 and sat for Dingle until he resigned his seat in 1795.[4] He was appointed High Sheriff of County Cork for 1785.[3]

On 16 May 1784, he married Henrietta Newenham, daughter of John Newenham, and by her he had eight sons and a daughter.[1]


  1. ^ a b Marquis of Ruvigny and Raineval, ed. (2001). The Plantagenet Roll of the Blood Royal. Heritage Books. p. 365. ISBN 0-7884-1872-6.
  2. ^ Burke, John (1863). Bernhard Burke (ed.). Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry. vol. II. London: Harrison. p. 1528. |volume= has extra text (help)
  3. ^ a b Lundy, Darryl. "Richard Boyle Townsend". p. 23508 § 235072. Retrieved 1 June 2009. cites Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh (1976). Burke's Irish Family Records. London: Burkes Peerage. p. 1125.
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's historical List of Members of the Irish House of Commons. Cites: Johnston-Liik, Edith Mary (2002). The History of the Irish Parliament 1692-1800 (6 volumes). Ulster Historical Foundation.
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Dingle
With: Robert Alexander 1782–1783
Hayes St Leger 1783
John Townsend 1783–1795
Succeeded by