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The Wingfield Family Lineage

The lineage of the Wingfield Family at Powerscourt Estate, Wicklow

Timothy Ferres has kindly put together a most interesting article on the different generations of the Wingfield Family at Powerscourt since the early 1660’s. Many thanks Timothy!

The following is a slightly adapted version of his blog article. Visit Timonthy’s website for more interesting articles related to heraldry, the nobility and much more!

The Viscounts Powerscourt were the second largest landowners in County Wicklow, with over 40,986 acres. Prior to coming to Ireland, the family lived at Wingfield Castle in Suffolk in the U.K.

Wingfield Family TreeSir Richard Wingfield (1550-1634) was made Marshal of Ireland by Elizabeth I; and by James I, for his military achievements and was created Viscount Powerscourt in 1618.

The title ‘Viscount Powerscourt’ expired in 1634, on Lord Powerscourt’s death, without any male children; but was conferred, in 1665, on his male heir, Folliott Wingfield (1642-1717), 1st Viscount of the 2nd creation; who also died without male issue, in 1717, when the title became extinct. Then, Powerscourt Estate descended to:

Edward Wingfield, ESQ, knight, of Carnew, County Wicklow,

“A distinguished soldier under the Earl of Essex, and a person of great influence and power in Ireland. He married Anne, daughter of Lord Cromwell and sister of Thomas, 1st Earl of Ardglass.”

7th Viscount PowerscourtThe 7th Viscount Powerscourt (Pictured)

His only son,

Richard Wingfield (1697-1751), was, in 1743, elevated to the family honours by the titles of Baron Wingfield and Viscount Powerscourt of the 3rd creation.

Richard Wingfield, 1st Viscount (1697–1751)

Edward Wingfield, 2nd Viscount (1729-64)

Richard Wingfield, 3rd Viscount (1730-88)

Richard Wingfield, 4th Viscount (1762-1809)

Richard Wingfield, 5th Viscount (1790–1823)

Richard Wingfield, 6th Viscount (1815-44)

Mervyn Wingfield, 7th Viscount (1836–1904)

Mervyn Richard Wingfield, 8th Viscount (1880–1947)

Mervyn Patrick Wingfield, 9th Viscount (1905-73)

Mervyn Niall Wingfield, 10th Viscount (born 1935)

Sheila Wingfield, 9th Viscountess

The heir apparent is the present holder’s son the Hon. Mervyn Anthony Wingfield (born 1963).

Powerscourt Estate

COVID-19 Notification 4

Powerscourt Estate – Closure

(Effective 22.03.20)

In the interest of public safety and the absolute requirement for social distancing, we have decided to close the Estate, including the House, Gardens, River Walk and Waterfall, until further notice.

We have given the situation a great deal of thought and we understand that our visitors will be disappointed by this and we apologise for the inconvenience it may cause, particularly when being outside in nature is beneficial for mental and physical health.

At this time, we all have a social responsibility, including Powerscourt Estate, to minimise any harm to our friends, colleagues, and families.  We will be reviewing this situation on an ongoing basis.  Please keep an eye on the News Section of our website and social media for updates.

Thank you for your understanding and patience and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Estate before not too long.  We hope you and your families are keeping safe.

Best wishes,

Powerscourt Management

Please be informed with a great deal of thought and in the interest of public safety, we have decided to close the Estate, including the House, Gardens, River Walk and Waterfall, until further notice.