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Edward Chichester, 4th Marquess of Donegall

Edward Chichester, 4th Marquess of Donegall

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Edward Chichester, 4th Marquess of Donegall (11 June 1799 – 20 January 1889) was a clergyman who late in life became an Irish peer. Until 1871 he was known as the Rev. Lord Edward Chichester.

Born in Great Cumberland Place, Westminster, Chichester was educated at Eton and Trinity College Dublin, where he graduated BA in 1822.

As a younger son, he became a priest of the Church of Ireland and served as Dean of Raphoe from 1831 to 1871. In 1853, his older brother's only surviving son, Frederick Richard Chichester, Earl of Belfast (1827–1853), died unmarried in Naples, leaving Lord Edward as the heirs presumptive to the marquessate.[1] In 1883, at the age of 84, he finally succeeded his 86-year old elder brother and became the fourth Marquess of Donegall. He died six years later in St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex, and was buried in Kensal Green Cemetery, London.

On 21 September 1821, he married Amelia Spread Deane O'Grady, the third daughter of Henry Deane O'Grady by his marriage to Dorcas Spread. They had five children:[1]

A large part of the Donegall estates were not entailed and in 1883 were inherited by the 3rd Marquess's only surviving child, Harriet Augusta Anna Seymourina, the wife of Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 8th Earl of Shaftesbury.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage, Volume 30 (1868), p. 342
  2. ^ "Kelly's Handbook to the Titled, Landed and Official Classes" (1903)
  3. ^ The Troubles and a PM's act of despair dated May 25, 2002 at smh.com.au, accessed 22 February 2018

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Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
George Chichester
Marquess of Donegall
Succeeded by
George Chichester

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