JOCELYN, Hon. John (1769-1828), of Tairhill, co. Louth

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1820-1832, ed. D.R. Fisher, 2009
Available from Cambridge University Press



1807 - 9 Sept. 1809
10 Aug. 1820 - 1826

Family and Education

b. 1769, 4th s. of Robert Jocelyn, 1st earl of Roden [I] (d. 1797), and Lady Anne Hamilton, da. and h. of James Hamilton†, 1st earl of Clanbrassill [I]. m. 1795, Margaret, da. of Richard Fitzgerald, MP [I], of Mount Ophaly, Queen’s Co., 1da. d. 21 Jan. 1828.

Offices Held

MP [I] 1797-1800.

Port surveyor and storekeeper, Belfast 1796-1803; commr. of customs [I] 1803-7, 1809-20.

Sheriff, co. Louth 1801-2.


Jocelyn had acted as a seatwarmer for the family interest in Louth, headed since 1797 by his brother Robert, 2nd earl of Roden, until his nephew Viscount Jocelyn* came of age in 1809. His customs position gave him £650 per annum. Following the death of his brother in 1820 he came forward again as his nephew’s nominee, with the additional backing of the Foster interest. Attempts to get up an opposition came to nothing.1 A lax attender, who is not known to hav