SIR BERESFORD McMAHON AND FAMILY

SIR BERESFORD McMAHON AND FAMILY LARGE CELTIC CROSS

MOUNT JEROME CEMETERY [SIR BERESFORD McMAHON AND FAMILY]

There are not many Celtic Crosses in the older sections of this cemetery but this cross is impressive by any standards.

Sir Beresford Burston McMahon was born on 14 February 1808. He was the son of Sir William McMahon and Frances Burston. He married Maria Catherine Bateson, daughter of Sir Robert Bateson and Catherine Dickson, on 4 January 1838.1 He died on 11 January 1873 at age 64.

He gained the rank of Captain in the Scots Fusiliers Guards.

It was difficult to read the inscriptions:


BERESFORD McMAHON Died 11 January 1873
MARIA CATHERINE McMAHON Died 6 August 1876

I believe that there are four or five other family members buried here.

Sir William MacMahon, 1st Baronet (1776–1837) was an Irish judge of the early nineteenth century. He was a member of a Limerick family which became politically prominent through their personal influence with the Prince Regent. He was the first of the McMahon Baronets of Dublin.

William married firstly Frances Burston, daughter of Beresford Burston K.C., who died in 1813; and secondly Charlotte Shaw, daughter of Sir Robert Shaw, 1st Baronet of Bushy Park and his first wife Maria Wilkinson. Of his ten children, who included his heir Sir Beresford MacMahon, 2nd Baronet, the most notable was his third son Charles MacMahon (1824–1891) who had a distinguished career in Australia as a politician, and who was the second Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police from 1854-58. Charles MacMahon was also Speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly between 1871-77.

Although William married into two prominent Dublin families, the Burstons and the Shaws of Bushy Park,his most valued relative was his much older half-brother, Sir John McMahon, 1st Baronet (1754–1817) who in 1811 was appointed private secretary to the Prince Regent, later King George IV, and who in the remaining six years of his life was considered to have great influence over the Prince. Certainly he was able to obtain favours for his family: William noted cynically that barristers who had previously despised his family's lowly origins now began fawning on him. When John Philpot Curran retired as Master of the Rolls in Ireland John was able to obtain the office for William, who was only 37; this is said to be one of the few occasions when the British Royal family has directly intervened in a judicial appointment. William, like his brother, became a baronet. From 1811 he lived at Fortfield House, Terenure, County Dublin, which had been built in 1805 by Barry Yelverton, 1st Viscount Avonmore.

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