George Beresford, 1st Marquess of Waterford

George de la Poer Beresford, 1st Marquess of Waterford, KP, PC (Ire) (8 January 1735 3 December 1800) was an Irish politician, known as George Beresford, 2nd Earl of Tyrone from 1763 to 1789.

Beresford was the eldest son of Marcus Beresford, 1st Earl of Tyrone and his wife, Katherine, Baroness de la Poer. He was educated at Kilkenny College.[1] From 1757-60, he was a Member of the Irish House of Commons for Waterford County from 1757 to 1760, and for Coleraine from 1761 until 1763, when he inherited his father's earldom, entered the Irish House of Lords and was admitted to the Privy Council of Ireland.

He was Governor of Waterford from 1766 and custos rotulorum of that county from 1769 to 1800, during which time he was made a Knight of St Patrick, created Baron Tyrone in the Peerage of Great Britain in 1786, and elevated as a marquess in 1789.


On 19 April 1769, he married Elizabeth Monck (who was the cousin of Charles Monck, 1st Viscount Monck and a maternal granddaughter of Henry Bentinck, 1st Duke of Portland) and they had eight children:

He also had two illegitimate sons, William Carr Beresford, 1st Viscount Beresford, and Sir John Beresford, 1st Baronet.

Lord Waterford died in 1800 and his titles passed to his eldest surviving legitimate son, Henry.


Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Beverley Ussher
Aland Mason
Member of Parliament for Waterford County
1757 1760
With: Aland Mason 1757–1759
James May 1759–1760
Succeeded by
James May
Hon. John Beresford
Preceded by
Richard Jackson
Hamilton Gorges
Member of Parliament for Coleraine
1761 1763
With: Richard Jackson
Succeeded by
Richard Jackson
George Paul Monck
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Marquess of Waterford
1789 1800
Succeeded by
Henry Beresford
Preceded by
Katherine Beresford
Baron La Poer
1769 1800
Preceded by
Marcus Beresford
Earl of Tyrone
1763 1800
Peerage of Great Britain
New creation Baron Tyrone
1786 1800
Succeeded by
Henry Beresford
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