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.
Sir 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."
The 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)
Many thanks Timothy