FETHERSTON, alias FETHERSTON HAUGH, Sir George Ralph, 3rd Bt. (1784-1853), of Ardagh, co. Longford.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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15 Oct. 1819 - 1830

Family and Education

b. 4 June 1784, 1st s. of Sir Thomas Fetherston, 2nd Bt.*, by Catherine, da. of George Boleyn Whitney. educ. Newcome’s, Hackney; Trinity Coll. Camb. 1801, L. Inn 1804. m. 22 Oct. 1821, Frances Elizabeth, da. of Richard Solly of Walthamstow, Essex by Frances, da. and h. of Sir Frederick Flood, 1st Bt.*, s.p. suc. fa. as 3rd Bt. 19 July 1819.

Offices Held

Sheriff, co. Longford 1834-5.

Maj. Longford militia 1810, lt.-col. 1833-d.


Fetherston succeeded to his late father’s seat for the county, sponsored like him by the Rosse interest. The dowager Countess of Rosse paid the bills he incurred in a contest with a pro-Catholic oppositionist. He could be counted on to support government and oppose Catholic claims, but made no mark in his first session in Parliament. On 24 Dec. 1820 he informed Lord Rosse, ‘For my own part I am at a loss to discover the pleasures of being in Parliament as since I have had a seat I have heard nothing but tales of misery and I have not the satisfaction of having been able to provide for any one individual’. He died 12 July 1853.

Rosse mss E/34/38.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: P. J. Jupp