William Mullins, 2nd Baron Ventry

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William Townshend Mullins, 2nd Baron Ventry (25 September 1761 – 5 October 1827) was an Anglo-Irish politician and peer.[1]

Mullins was the son of Thomas Mullins, 1st Baron Ventry and Elizabeth Gunn, the daughter of Townsend Gunn.[2] He served as the Member of Parliament for Dingle between January and December 1800. In this capacity he was instrumental in the securing the passage of the Irish Act of Union of 1800, for which his father was awarded a peerage. He succeeded to his father's title in 1824 and died three years later.

He had been married three times: firstly in 1784 to Sarah Anne Falkiner, youngest daughter of Sir Riggs Falkiner, 1st Baronet, who died in 1788. He married secondly in 1790 Frances Sage; this marriage ended in 1796 with a divorce by Act of Parliament, by which both parties were free to remarry (Frances remarried Boyle O'Sullivan). His third wife was Clara Jones, who outlived him. He left daughters, but no surviving male issue, and was succeeded by his nephew, Thomas de Moleyns, 3rd Baron Ventry.[3]

References

  1. ^ T. J. Barrington, Discovering Kerry, its history, heritage and topography (Dublin Blackwater Press, 1976)
  2. ^ John Burke, A General and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire (H. Colburn and R. Bentley, 1833), 568.
  3. ^ Lodge Edmund, The peerage of the British empire as at present existing. To which is added the baronetage (1832), 400.
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Thomas Mullins
Baron Ventry
1824–1827
Succeeded by
Thomas de Moleyns
Baronetage of Ireland
Preceded by
Thomas Mullins
Baronet
(of Burnham, Kerry)
1824–1827
Succeeded by
Thomas de Moleyns
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