James Cuffe, 1st Baron Tyrawley

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James Cuffe, 1st Baron Tyrawley (1747 – 15 June 1821) was an Irish peer and politician.

Life[edit]

Cuffe's father was James Cuffe of Elmhall and Ballinrobe Castle and his mother was Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Arthur Gore, 2nd Baronet and Elizabeth Annesley, and sister of Arthur Gore, 1st Earl of Arran.

From 1768 until 1797 Cuffe represented Mayo in the Irish House of Commons. In 1776, he stood also for Donegal Borough and in 1783 for Tuam, however chose both times not to sit. He was created Baron Tyrawley on 7 November 1797 and was elected as one of the first representative peers for Ireland in 1800.

He was appointed Governor of Mayo, a position he held until 1821.

Family[edit]

Cuffe had two illegitimate sons Henry and James Cuffe with Sarah Wewitzer, a leading actress. She called herself "Lady Trelawny" but neither of their children was recognised by inheriting their father's title.[1] James was M.P. for Tralee.

Lord Tyrawley's first wife, Mary Levinge, died without issue in 1808[2]

A tombstone was placed in Ballinrobe churchyard to Henry Cuff, who died 25 August 1811, son of James Cuff, Baron of Tyrawly.[3]

A further tombstone in the same churchyard gives Right Honr. Sarah, Baroness Tyrawly who died 4 October 1820.[4]

James Cuffe's own tombstone reads: "To the memory of The Right Honr. James Cuff | Lord Baron Tyrawly | One of his Majestys | Most Honr. Privy Counsil | Late Barrackmaster Genl. | of | Ireland | who died on the 15th June 1821 | Aged ___ years.."[5] Having no legitimate sons living at the time of his death, his title became extinct.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wewitzer, Ralph (1748–1825), actor | Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/9780198614128.001.0001/odnb-9780198614128-e-29151. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ Burke's Extinct Peerages, 1886 edition.
  3. ^ Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead, Ireland - 1907 Vol. VII No. 2 of Part I.
  4. ^ Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead, Ireland - 1907 Vol. VII No. 2 of Part I. However, this lady is not mentioned in Burke's Extinct Peerages
  5. ^ Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead, Ireland - 1907 Vol. VII No. 2 of Part I.
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Hon. Peter Browne-Kelly
Sir Charles Bingham, 7th Bt
Member of Parliament for Mayo
1768–1797
With: Sir Charles Bingham, 7th Bt 1768–76
Arthur Browne 1776–79
George Browne 1779–82
Denis Browne 1782–97
Succeeded by
George Jackson
Denis Browne
Preceded by
Barry Yelverton
Richard Gore
Member of Parliament for Donegal Borough
1776–1777
With: Barry Yelverton 1776
Henry Vaughan Brooke 1776–77
Succeeded by
Henry Vaughan Brooke
Robert Longfield
Preceded by
James Browne
Sir Henry Lynch-Blosse, 7th Bt
Member of Parliament for Tuam
1783
With: David La Touche
Succeeded by
Robert Day
Sir Lucius O'Brien, 3rd Bt
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Baron Tyrawley
1797 – 1821
Extinct