William Flower, 1st Baron Castle Durrow

William Flower, 1st Baron Castle Durrow PC (Ire) (11 March 1685 29 April 1746)[1] was an Anglo-Irish peer and politician.

He was the only son of Thomas Flower and his wife Mary Temple, daughter of Sir John Temple, Speaker of the Irish House of Commons.[2] Flower was educated at Christ Church, Oxford[2] and sat as Member of Parliament (MP) for Kilkenny County from 1715 to 1727.[3] Subsequently he represented Portarlington until 1733,[3] when he was raised to the peerage as Baron Castle Durrow, of Castle Durrow, in the County of Kilkenny.[4] Flower was High Sheriff of County Kilkenny in 1731[1] and was invested to the Privy Council of Ireland in 1735.[5]

In 1717, Flower married Edith Caulfeild, daughter of Hon. Toby Caulfeild, a son of the 1st Viscount Charlemont.[6] They had two daughters and two sons.[4] Flower died aged 61 and was buried at Finglas in County Dublin.[2] His only surviving son Henry succeeded to the barony.[7]


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  2. 1 2 3 "ThePeerage - William Flower, 1st Baron Castle Durrow". Retrieved 24 March 2009.
  3. 1 2 "Leigh Rayment - Irish House of Commons 1692-1800". Retrieved 24 March 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. 47.
  5. "Leigh Rayment - Privy Council of Ireland". Retrieved 27 March 2009.
  6. Lodge, Edmund (1838). The Genealogy of the Existing British Peerage (6th ed.). London: Saunder and Otley. p. 25.
  7. Debrett, John (1831). Debrett's Peerage of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. vol. II (19th ed.). London: G. Woodfall. p. 853.
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Sir Henry Wemys
William Ponsonby
Member of Parliament for Kilkenny County
With: William Ponsonby 1715–1721
Patrick Wemyss 1721–1727
Succeeded by
Hon. William Ponsonby
Patrick Wemyss
Preceded by
Richard Warburton
Lancelot Sandys
Member of Parliament for Portarlington
With: George Johnston 1727–1730
William Stannus 1730–1733
Succeeded by
Lord George Sackville
William Henry Dawson
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Baron Castle Durrow
Succeeded by
Henry Flower
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