Richard Trench (politician)

For his grandson, also a politician, see Richard Trench, 2nd Earl of Clancarty.

Richard Trench (1710–1768)[1] was an Irish politician and the ancestor of the Earls of Clancarty.

He was the second son of Frederick Trench and his wife Elizabeth Eyre, daughter of John Eyre.[2] Trench represented Banagher in the Irish House of Commons from 1735 to 1671.[3] Subsequently he sat for Galway County, the same constituency his father had represented before, until his death in 1768.[3] He served as colonel of Militia Dragoons of County Galway.[2]

On 13 March 1732, Trench married Frances Power, only daughter of David Power.[4] They had five daughter and six sons.[1] Trench was buried at Ballinasloe.[2] His third and eldest surviving son William was raised to the Peerage of Ireland.[4]

In 1757 he applied for and received letters patent for the right to hold annual fairs in Ballinasloe on May 17 and July 13. While Ballinasloe is now famous for its Great October Fair only, in the past the town also hosted fairs in the other months of the year, the May Fair and the July Wool Fair being the most important of these.[5]


  1. 1 2 Debrett, John (1831). Debrett's Peerage of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. vol. II (19th ed.). London: G. Woodfall. p. 801.
  2. 1 2 3 "ThePeerage - Richard Trench". Retrieved 3 April 2009.
  3. 1 2 "Leigh Rayment - Irish House of Commons 1692-1800". Retrieved 3 April 2009.
  4. 1 2 Burke, John (1832). A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. vol. I (4th ed.). London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. p. 245.
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Galbraith Holmes
Robert Holmes
Member of Parliament for Banagher
With: Henry Lestrange
Succeeded by
Peter Holmes
John Pigott
Preceded by
Charles Daly
Robert French
Member of Parliament for Galway County
With: Charles Daly
Succeeded by
Lord Dunkellin
Denis Daly
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