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John Bowes, 1st Baron Bowes (1691 – 22 July 1767) was an Irish peer and politician.

He was appointed Lord Chancellor of Ireland by King George II. John Bowes epitomized the severe 18th century Penal Laws against Irish Catholics when he ruled that: “The law does not suppose any such person to exist as an Irish Roman Catholic.” Between 1731 and 1742, he represented Taghmon in the Irish House of Commons.

Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Richard Saunders
William Hore
Member of Parliament for Taghmon
1731 – 1742
Served alongside: William Hore
Succeeded by
Charles Gardiner
William Hore
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Baron Bowes
1758 – 1767


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