Wednesday, 1 February 2012
Sir Henry Chauncey deduces this very eminent family from Gilbert de Jocelyn. RALPH JOCELYN, son and heir of HENRY JOCELYN (grandson of JAMES JOCELYN, of Essex), was living during the reign of King John.
By Beatrix, his wife, he had a son, JOHN JOCELYN, living in the reign of HENRY III.
His descendant, THOMAS JOCELYN, of High Roding, Essex, son and heir of his father in 1428.
His descendant, THOMAS JOCELYN, appears to have settled in Ireland in the early 18th century.
His only son, ROBERT JOCELYN, 1st Viscount Jocelyn, was Lord High Chancellor of Ireland in 1739.
Robert [Jocelyn], 2nd Viscount Jocelyn later 1st Earl of Roden PC: MP for Old Leighlin 1743-56; Auditor-General of the Irish Exchequer, 1750-97; Privy Councillor [I] 1758; succeeded his cousin in 1778 as 5th Baronet of Hyde Hall, co. Hertford, and inherited the family's Hertfordshire estates.
Robert [Jocelyn], 2nd Earl, KP PC: MPfor Maryborough 1776-78 and for Dundalk 1783-97; Auditor-General of the Irish Exchequer 1797-1820; Privy Councillor [I] 1797; commanded the First Fencible Light Dragoons 1798; Custos Rotulorum for co. Louth 1800-1820; a Representative Peer for Ireland 1800-20; Knight of St Patrick 1806.
Robert [Jocelyn], 3rd Earl, KP PC: MP for Louth 1806-07 and 1810-20; Privy Councillor 1812; Treasurer of the Household 1812 and Vice-Chamberlain of the Household 1812-21; Auditor-General of the Irish Exchequer 1820-22; Custos Rotulorum of co. Louth 1820-49; Knight of St Patrick 1821; a Lord of the Bedchamber 1828-31; Privy Councillor [I] 1858.
Robert [Jocelyn], 4th Earl: Entered the Army 1868 as Cornet, 1st Life Guards, Lieut 1869 and retired 1871; a Lord-in-Waiting (Conservative) 1874-80; Capt, Hertfordshire Yeoman Cavalry.
John Strange [Jocelyn], 5th Earl: Entered the Army 1842, first in the Rifle Brigade and later in the Scots Guards; Capt and Lt Col 1854; served in the Crimean War and retired 1860; on his death the Barony of Clanbrassil became extinct.
William Henry [Jocelyn], 6th Earl: Royal Navy 1857, retiring as Capt 1892.
Robert John [Jocelyn], 10th and present Earl of Roden (b 1938); lives in London. Ancestral seat, Tollymore Park, County Down.
Roden arms courtesy of European Heraldry.