LOWRY CORRY, Somerset, Visct. Corry (1774-1841), of Castle Coole, co. Fermanagh.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1801 - 2 Feb. 1802

Family and Education

b. 11 July 1774, 2nd but o. surv. s. of Armar, 1st Earl Belmore [I], by 1st w. Lady Margaret Butler, da. of Somerset Hamilton, 1st Earl of Carrick [I]. educ. Dr Glass’s sch., Greenford 1783; by private tutor Rev. Townsend. m. 20 Oct. 1800, his cos. Lady Juliana Butler, da. of Henry Thomas, 2nd Earl of Carrick [I], 2s. suc. fa. as 2nd Earl Belmore [I] 2 Feb. 1802.

Offices Held

MP [I] 1797-1800; rep. peer [I] 1819-d.

Trustee, linen board [I] 1802.

Custos rot. co. Tyrone 1819.

Capt. commdt. Fermanagh inf. 1796; col. R. Tyrone militia 1798-1804; capt. Lowreystown inf. 1803.

Gov. Jamaica 1828-32.


Viscount Corry, heir to estates worth about £12,000 p.a. in counties Tyrone and Fermanagh, was Member for the former in the last Irish parliament. His father, previously a government supporter, received £30,000 compensation for the disfranchisement of his two boroughs by the Union. Despite this, the family opposed the measure and Corry’s motion of 15 Feb. 1799 was a bid ‘to league the country gentlemen who had voted against the measure of Union in a general opposition to government’. Corry had not taken his seat at Westminster by 25 Mar. 1801 and the Castle noted ‘stays away—anti-Unionist—led by Foster on the Union’ and queried whether he would not remain in opposition.1

There is no evidence of Corry’s parliamentary activity, but he requested government neutrality at the next election, without promising friendship, in November 1801. When he advertised his candidature, 1 Jan. 1802, he claimed that peace would release him from his ‘military avocations’ and enable him to display his lack of ‘servility towards power’, as well as his imperviousness to ‘licentious agitators’. He had just commenced his canvass when his father died, putting him out of the running, with an infant heir and no brother to represent his interest. His ambition now became a representative peerage, which his father had also requested of government on 8 Aug. 1801.2 Lord Abercorn who returned Corry’s successor to the county seat obtained a half promise of it for him from the premier Addington, which caused him to renew his applications to each successive government, stressing the importance of his interests in Tyrone and Fermanagh in their service at elections.3 This claim was open to question and he had to wait until 1819 for the honour he coveted. He died 18 Apr. 1841.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: Arthur Aspinall


  • 1. Cornwallis Corresp. iii. 64, 247, 250; PRO 30/9/13, pt. 2 (Corry).
  • 2. Sidmouth mss, Abbot to Addington, 2 Nov. 1801; Dublin Evening Post, 19 Jan. 1802; HMC Fortescue, vi. 138.
  • 3. PRO 30/8/107, f. 20; HMC Fortescue, viii. 258; ix. 65; Fortescue mss, Belmore to Grenville, 14 May 1807; PRO NI, Belmore mss H/2/1-11; Add. 40248, ff. 268, 274, 415; 40289, f. 185; 40290, f. 224; 40291, f. 76.