John Preston, 1st Baron Tara

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John Preston, 1st Baron Tara (4 November 1764 – 18 July 1821), was an Irish politician.

Preston was the son of John Preston,[1] a descendant of a younger brother of Thomas Preston, 1st Viscount Tara, second son of Christopher Preston, 4th Viscount Gormanston.[2] He inherited Bellinter House.

He was elected to the Irish House of Commons as one of two representatives for Navan in 1783 (aged only 18), a seat he held until the Irish Parliament was abolished in 1800.[3] He was raised to the Peerage of Ireland the same year as Baron Tara, of Bellinter in the County of Meath,[4] a reward for his support for the Union.[2]

Lord Tara was childless and the title became extinct on his death in July 1821, aged 56.


  1. ^ John Preston, 1st and last Baron Tara
  2. ^ a b Thomas Preston, Viscount Tara
  3. ^ Irish House of Commons 1692-1800
  4. ^ "No. 15281". The London Gazette. 2 August 1800. p. 890. 
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Joseph Preston
James Pratt
Member of Parliament for Navan
With: Joseph Preston
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Regnal titles
New creation Baron Tara
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