Garret Wellesley 1st Earl of Mornington

Brief Life History of Garret

Wesley was born at the family estate of Dangan Castle, near Summerhill, a village near Trim in County Meath, Ireland. He was educated at Trinity College Dublin, and was elected its first Professor of Music in 1764. From early childhood he showed extraordinary talent on the violin, and soon began composing his own works. Wesley represented Trim in the Irish House of Commons from 1757 until 1758, when he succeeded his father as 2nd Baron Mornington. In 1759 he was appointed Custos Rotulorum of Meath and in 1760, in recognition of his musical and philanthropic achievements, he was created Viscount Wellesley, of Dangan Castle in the County of Meath, and Earl of Mornington. He was elected Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Ireland in 1776, a post he held until the following year.[5] Like his father, and his mother-in-law Lady Dungannon, he was careless with money, and his early death left the family exposed to financial embarrassment, leading ultimately to the decision in the nineteenth century to sell all their Irish estates.

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Family Time Line

Garret Wellesley 1st Earl of Mornington
Anne Hill-Trevor
Marriage: 6 February 1759
Richard Wellesley 1st Marquess Wellesley
William Wellesley-Pole 3rd Earl of Mornington
Frances Seymour Wellesley
Lady Anne Wellesley
Arthur Wellesley 1st Duke Of Wellington
Gerald Valerian Wellesley
Mary Elizabeth Wellesley
Henry Wellesley 1st Baron Cowley of Wesley

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  • Legacy NFS Source: Garrett Wellesley - Church record: birth: 1743;
  • Marriage and Children of Garret Wesley and Ann Hill Trevor
  • Garret Wesley, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (4)

1752 · Gregorian Calendar is Adopted

Gregorian calendar was adopted in England in 1752. That year, Wednesday, September 2, 1752, was followed by Thursday, September 14th, 1752, which caused the country to skip ahead eleven days.

1754 · Seven Years' War

The Seven Years' War began as a North American conflict then stretched between England and France. England, along with allies, battled France in America, India, and Europe, making it arguably the first global war. The conflict ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1763 and England was victorious. The Seven Years' war ultimately led to discontent in the colonies and the American Revolution.

1770 · Boston Tea Party

Thousands of British troops were sent to Boston to enforce Britain's tax laws. Taxes were repealed on all imports to the American Colonies except tea. Americans, disguised as Native Americans, dumped chests of tea imported by the East India Company into the Boston Harbor in protest. This escalated tensions between the American Colonies and the British government.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Wellesley Farm near Wells (Somerset). The placename probably derives from the genitive case of Old English wella ‘spring, stream’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’. It was later interpreted as ‘woodland belonging to (the town of) Wells’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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