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John Maxwell, 1st Baron Farnham (1687 – 6 August 1759) was an Irish peer and politician.

He was a Member of Parliament (MP) of the Irish House of Commons for Cavan County from 1727 to 1756. The latter year he was raised to the Peerage of Ireland as Baron Farnham, of Farnham in the County of Cavan.

He had married in 1719 to Judith Barry, daughter of James Barry of Newton Barry, and had the following children:

  1. Robert Maxwell, 1st Earl of Farnham, 2nd Baron Farnham (born circa 1720 – died 16 November 1779).
  2. Barry Maxwell, 1st Earl of Farnham, 3rd Baron Farnham (died 7 October 1800).
  3. Rt. Rev. Henry Maxwell (died 7 October 1798) was Bishop of Dromore (1765–1766), and Bishop of Meath (1766–1798). He married in 1759 to Margaret Foster, daughter of the Rt. Hon. Anthony Foster, and sister of John Foster, 1st Baron Oriel. Their two sons, John and Henry, eventually succeeded as the 5th and 6th Baron Farnham.

He died in August 1759 and was succeeded in the barony by his son Robert.

External links


  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990. (ISBN 033338847X)
  • Leigh Rayment's Peerage Page
  • Maxwell family genealogy, part 03, showing the Maxwell of Calderwood, Maxwell of Farnham (co. Cavan), and Maxwell of Finnebrogue families.
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Mervyn Pratt
Brockhill Newburgh
Member of Parliament for Cavan County
with Charles Coote 1727–1751
Hon. Brinsley Butler 1751-1756

1727 – 1756
Succeeded by
Brinsley Butler, Lord Newtown-Butler
Hon. Barry Maxwell
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
New creation
Baron Farnham
Succeeded by
Robert Maxwell


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