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Richard White, 2nd Earl of Bantry DL (16 November 1800 – 16 July 1868),[1] styled The Honourable from birth until 1816 and subsequently Viscount Berehaven until 1851, was an Irish peer and Conservative politician.

Born at St Finbarr, he was the eldest son of Richard White, 1st Earl of Bantry and his wife Margaret Ann, daughter of William Hare, 1st Earl of Listowel.[2] White was educated at Christ Church College, Oxford.[3] In 1851, he succeeded his father as earl and three years later, he was elected a representative peer to the House of Lords.[2] White was High Sheriff of Cork in 1835 and served as a Deputy Lieutenant of the same county.[3]

On 11 October 1836, he married Mary, third daughter of William O'Brien, 2nd Marquess of Thomond at St George's, Hanover Square.[4] White died, aged 67, childless at Exmoor House and was succeeded in his titles by his younger brother William.[4]


  1. ^ "Leigh Rayment — Peerage". Retrieved 7 October 2009.  
  2. ^ a b Dod, Robert P. (1860). The Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Whitaker and Co.. pp. 103.  
  3. ^ a b Walford, Edward (1860). The County Families of the United Kingdom. London: Robert Hardwicke. pp. 31.  
  4. ^ a b "ThePeerage - Richard White, 2nd Earl of Bantry". Retrieved 7 October 2009.  
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Richard White
Earl of Bantry
1851 – 1868
Succeeded by
William Hedges-White


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