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Richard Molesworth, 3rd Viscount Molesworth, PC (1680 – 12 October 1758), styled The Honourable from 1716 to 1726, was an Anglo-Irish military officer, politician and nobleman.

He became a field marshal in the British Army on 29 November 1757, less than a year before his death. He married twice. First he married Jane Lucas and had one child, from his first union. Mary later to be styled Countess Belvedere. and second wife of Robert Rochfort 1st Earl of Belvedere

Secondly he married Mary Jenney Ussher and had four children from this union. Henrietta, Melosina, Mary and Louisa.[1]

He was colonel of the 5th Regiment of Dragoons, 27th Regiment of Foot, and 9th Regiment of Dragoons. Between 1715 and 1727, Molesworth sat in the Irish House of Commons for Swords, the same constituency his father had represented before.

Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Robert Molesworth
Plunket Plunket
Member of Parliament for Swords
with Plunket Plunket

1715 – 1727
Succeeded by
Hon. Bysse Molesworth
Edward Bolton
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
John Molesworth
Viscount Molesworth
1726 – 1758
Succeeded by
Richard Molesworth


  1. ^ Child of Richard Molesworth, 3rd Viscount Molesworth of Swords and Jane Lucas Hon. Mary Molesworth+4 Children of Richard Molesworth, 3rd Viscount Molesworth of Swords and Mary Jenney Ussher Hon. Henrietta Molesworth+5 d. 1813 Melosina Molesworth3 Mary Molesworth3 d. 6 May 1763 Hon. Louisa Molesworth+1 b. 23 Oct 1749, d. 1 Sep 1824 Citations [S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume X, page 576. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage. [S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume IX, page 31. [S47] Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd, editor, Burke's Irish Family Records (London, U.K.: Burkes Peerage Ltd, 1976), page 1158. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Irish Family Records. [S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume II, page 114. [S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003). Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.


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