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Sir Thomas Burdett, 1st Baronet


Sir Thomas Burdett, 1st Baronet (14 September 1668 14 April 1727)

An Irish politician and baronet.

Born at Garrahill in County Carlow, he was the son of Thomas Burdett and his wife Catherine Kennedy, daughter of Sir Robert Kennedy, 1st Baronet. Burdett was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and served as High Sheriff of Carlow in 1701.

Burdett entered the Irish House of Commons in 1704, sitting for Carlow County to 1713. Subsequently he was Member of Parliament (MP) for Carlow Borough until 1715 and then again for Carlow County until his death in 1727. On 11 July 1723, Burdett was created a Baronet, of Dunmore, in the County of Carlow, with a special remainder to the heirs of his sister Anne, wife of Walter Weldon, who sat also in the Parliament of Ireland. In 1725, he was appointed Governor of County Carlow, a post he held for the next two years.

He married firstly Honora Boyle, daughter of Michael Boyle, Lord Chancellor of Ireland and Archbishop of Armagh in 1700. She died ten years later and Burdett remarried Martha Vigors, daughter of Bartholomew Vigors, Bishop of Ferns and Leighlin, in 1715. He died, aged 58 and was succeeded by his son only William by his second wife.

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