Thomas Conolly (1738–1803)

Thomas Conolly (Leixlip Castle, 1738 27 April 1803 Celbridge) was an Irish landowner.

He was the son of William James Conolly of Castletown House, by his wife Lady Anne, daughter of Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford. In 1758 he married Lady Louisa Lennox, daughter of Charles Lennox, 2nd Duke of Richmond; they had no children.[1]

He sat in the Parliament of Great Britain for Malmesbury from 1759 to 1768[2] and for Chichester from 1768 to 1780.[3] In 1761 he was elected to the Parliament of Ireland for Ballyshannon and for County Londonderry, sitting for the latter constituency until May 1800.[4] On 6 April 1761 he was appointed to the Privy Council of Ireland.[5]

In 1802 Conolly was left Wentworth Castle by his second cousin Augusta Anne Hatfield-Kaye, sister of Frederick Wentworth, 3rd Earl of Strafford. On his death Wentworth Castle was inherited by Frederick Thomas William Vernon, grandson of the 1st Earl of Strafford's daughter Harriet.[6] Castletown House passed to his widow Lady Louisa and then to Edward Pakenham, grandson of Conolly's sister Harriet, being sold by William Conolly-Carew, 6th Baron Carew in 1965.[7][8] The Conolly summer residence 'Cliff House' on the banks of the River Erne between Belleek, County Fermanagh and Ballyshannon County Donegal was demolished as part of the Erne Hydroelectric scheme, which constructed the Cliff and Cathleen's Fall hydroelectric power stations. Cliff hydroelectric power station was constructed on the site of 'Cliff House' and was commissioned in 1950.

In Dublin, Conolly was a member of the Kildare Street Club.[9]


Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Brice Fisher
Lord George Bentinck
Member of Parliament for Malmesbury
1759 1768
With: Brice Fisher to 1761
The Earl Tylney 1761–68
Succeeded by
Hon. Thomas Howard
Earl of Donegall
Preceded by
William Keppel
John Page
Member of Parliament for Chichester
1768 1780
With: William Keppel
Succeeded by
William Keppel
Thomas Steele
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Michael Clarke
Edward Walpole
Member of Parliament for Ballyshannon
With: Michael Clarke
Succeeded by
Michael Clarke
John Gustavus Handcock
Preceded by
Edward Cary
Hercules Langford Rowley
Member of Parliament for Londonderry County
1761 1800
With: Edward Cary to 1790
Henry Beresford, Early of Tyrone from 1790
Succeeded by
Henry Beresford, Early of Tyrone
Hon. Charles William Stewart
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