Portrait of Marquess of Waterford
Astley, John (English portraitist and architect, ca. 1724-1787)
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Description:George de la Poer Beresford, 1st Marquess of Waterford,(8 January 1735?3 December 1800) was an Irish politician. Beresford was the eldest son of Marcus Beresford, 1st Earl of Tyrone (1694-1763)[see a portrait of Marcus Beresford painted by Astley also in this collection, see cgjc0187] and his wife, Katherine, Baroness de la Poer. From 1757-60, he was a Member of the Irish House of Commons for County Waterford and for Coleraine from 1761 until 1763, when he inherited his father's earldom, entered the Irish House of Lords and was admitted to the Privy Council of Ireland. He was Governor of Waterford from 1766 and custos rotulorum of that county from 1769-1800, during which time he was made a Knight of St Patrick, created Baron Tyrone in the Peerage of Great Britain in 1786 and elevated as a marquess in 1789. On 19 April 1769, he had married Elizabeth Monck (a maternal granddaughter of the 1st Duke of Portland) and they had seven children. Astley also painted a portrait of Beresford's younger brother, the third son of the 1st Earl of Tyrone, the Rt Revd and Hon. William Beresford, Archbishop of Tuam from 1794 to 1819 [see image cgjc0186]. William Beresford was created the Baron Decies in 1812.