Clements, William ___ 1806-1878 ___ Irish ___ soldier landowner

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Clements was born in Dublin, and educated at Sandhurst. He was commissioned an ensign in 1824, served in Portugal in 1826-1827; and, in 1831, he was appointed a captain in the 43rd Light Infantry. On the death of his elder brother in 1839, he became Viscount Clements and a Member of Parliament for County Leitrim. Then, on his father's death in 1854, Clements succeeded to the title Third Earl of Leitrim. He retired from the British Army with the rank of lieutenant colonel, and spent the rest of his life looking after his estates - 90,000 acres in the counties of Donegal, Galway, Leitrim and Kildare - and living at Lough Rynn Castle, Leitrim. However, he became an overbearing landlord evicting tenants at will, and was much hated. He fought strongly against Gladstone's Irish Land Act of 1870; and, after a row with the Earl of Carlisle, he was deposed from his position as a justice of the peace. He was murdered along with his clerk and driver, but his murderers were never caught.
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1857-1873 ___ social farming commerce

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