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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

Powerscourt Estate Open & In Bloom

As travel restrictions are being lifted from next Monday (29th June), we look forward to welcoming visitors from across the country back to Powerscourt Estate.  The Gardens are now beautifully in bloom and are a perfect place to visit to unwind and experience nature in all its summer glory.

We advise visitors to the Gardens to pre-book in advance online to guarantee entrance.  Book on

From the 29th of June, the areas and facilities open on the Estate include –

-The Gardens (9.30 am-5.30 pm, 7 days a week, last entry 5 pm)
-The Waterfall (9.30 am- 7 pm, 7 days a week, last entry 6 pm)
-The Garden Pavilion (9.30 am-5.30 pm, 7 days a week, Sunday 10 am – 5.30 pm)
-Avoca Food Hall (9.30 am-5.30 pm, 7 days a week)
-Avoca Cafe Restaurant (9.30 am- 4 pm, 7 days a week)
-The Design Loft (10 am – 5 pm, 7 days a week)
-Neptune by Global Village open from the 3rd of July
-Avoca outdoor takeaway coffee & treats
-The Riverwalk (for Annual members)
-The Golf courses (Open to all golfers to book tee times from the 29th of June)
-Powerscourt Hotel open for bookings from the 2nd of July
-Powerscourt Distillery open from Friday 3rd July (Friday & Saturday from 11.30am- 5pm & Sunday 12pm-5.30pm).

To keep our staff, members, and visitors safe we will be facilitating social distancing, hand sanitising, and other safety measures. Please read the list of safety measures here.

To keep informed please visit the News Section of our website and keep an eye on social media for updates.

Best wishes, ⁠⁠
Powerscourt Management⁠