Sir Thomas Esmonde, 11th Baronet

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Ballynastragh House, County Wexford, home of the Esmonde family- from a drawing published 1826,[1]

Sir Thomas Henry Grattan Esmonde, 11th Baronet, KHS (21 September 1862 – 15 September 1935) was an Irish Home Rule nationalist politician and author.[2]

He was the son of Sir John Esmonde, 10th Baronet and his wife Louisa, daughter of Henry Grattan.[3]

Esmonde was elected Irish Parliamentary Party MP for the constituencies South Dublin 1885–1892, West Kerry 1892–1900 and North Wexford 1900–1918 in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

He also sat as an Independent Senator 1922–1934. He was one of the few people who served in the House of Commons and in the Oireachtas.

Esmonde had five children:

Esmonde's home, Ballynastragh House, located near Gorey, County Wexford, and dating from the 17th century, was burned down by members of the anti-Treaty IRA on 9 March 1923. However, a new house, similar in style, was built on the site shortly afterwards and still exists today.

He was a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre.[4]

Esmonde was a frequent traveler and author of articles on Irish folklore and antiquities, as well as a memoir, Hunting Memories of Many Lands (1920).[2]

He died in Dublin, shortly before his 73rd birthday.[2]

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  1. by George Petrie from Brewer, Vol. 2: where it is stated that it was published by Sherwood 1 May 1826 and engraved by James Sargant Storer and Henry Sargant Storer
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Sir T. H. Gratton Esmonde: Nationalist Whip and Sinn Fein Senator". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 16 September 1935. p. 14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Robert Henry Mair, ed. (1886). Debrett's House of Commons and The Judicial Bench 1886. London: Dean and Son. p. 48. Retrieved 24 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Notable Irish Members (Historic): Sir Thomas Grattan Esmonde

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
New creation Member of Parliament for South Dublin
Succeeded by
Horace Plunkett
Preceded by
Edward Harrington
Member of Parliament for West Kerry
Succeeded by
Thomas O'Donnell
Preceded by
Thomas Joseph Healy
Member of Parliament for North Wexford
Succeeded by
Roger Sweetman
Baronetage of Ireland
Preceded by
John Esmonde
(of Clonegall)
Succeeded by
Osmond Esmonde