Robert Edgeworth: Death: 1730
Note: As an infant John was kidnapped and nearly killed by Irish rebels in a raid on Cranallagh Castle in 1641. At the age of 17 he married Anne, the daughter of his stepmother and her first husband. As she was an heiress to her father�s estate, To avoid a law which prohibited young men from running away with an heiress, Anne rode to her aunt�s house on horseback, with John seated behind her. They were married first by a clergyman from the Church of England, then by a Presbyterian minister, and lastly by a Justice of the Peace, to prevent all possibility of avoiding the marriage. As soon as John was of age, the couple visited England to take possession of Anne Edgeworth�s estate in Lancashire. They took the proceeds to London and spent and gambled them away in short order. They returned to Ireland and settled at Lissard in County Longford on property settled on John by his father. In 1672 they visited England and the royal court through the influence of Orlando, Keeper of the Great Seal, Anne�s uncle. On 21 July 1672 John was knighted by Charles II. When William of Orange (later William III) toppled the reign of James II in 1688, the Protestant Edgeworth family sided with William. Sir John�s son Francis raised a regiment for William. John was in debt and demanded Francis turn the regiment over to him as Colonel, or Francis would be disinherited. Sir John was appointed Colonel 1 March 1688/9, while Francis was appointed Lieut. Colonel and his brothers Henry and Ambrose received commissions as Captains. A number of false accusations were made against Sir John and he and his sons lost their commissions 30 April, 1689. This added to the family�s indebtedness, and Sir John was never repaid for raising the regiment. (This family story may be largely true; however, Sir John was a Captain of Foote in Ormonde�s regiment in 1678, quartered at co. Cavan, with Francis Edgeworth as his lieutenant. In 1686, Sir John was a captain in Lord Frobes� regiment at Galway, with Ambrose Edgeworth as his ensign.) He made many attempts to secure from the King a paying appointment. In about 1680 he was appointed Searcher, Packer and Gauger in the Port of Dublin, and on 17 May 1690, was admitted to His Majesty�s Privy Council, neither of these honors paying anything. When the war in Ireland ended in 1691, Sir John returned home briefly and was elected member of the Parliament in Ireland from the borough of St. Johnstown, for the sessions of 1692-1695 and 1695-1699. Finally he was named to the Governorship of Ross Castle in Kerry, with pay at the rate of 20 shillings per day. He did not visit the castle until prevailed upon to do so in 1700 by Lord Galway, Governor of Ireland. He died there 26 January 1700/1.
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