One of the topics chosen on the BBC's Mastermind programme this evening is the life and career of the Right Honourable Henry John [Temple], 3rd Viscount Palmerston, KG, GCB, PC.
I have written about the Temple family and their association with Classiebawn Castle.
The TEMPLES, and the ducal house of Buckingham & Chandos, maternally descended, are said to have been of Saxon origin, and to have sprung immediately from the son and heir of Ælfgar, Earl of Mercia.
SIR WILLIAM TEMPLE, knight, a learned and eminent person in the reign of ELIZABETH I, secretary to the unfortunate Earl of Essex, removed into Ireland, and was appointed provost of Trinity College, Dublin.
He received the honour of knighthood in 1622. His elder son,
SIR JOHN TEMPLE, knight, born in 1600, who was constituted master of the Rolls in Ireland. His youngest son,
SIR JOHN TEMPLE, knight, was solicitor and attorney-general, and speaker of the House of Commons in Ireland. His grandson,
HENRY TEMPLE ESQ, who was raised to the peerage, in 1722, with the dignities of Baron Temple and VISCOUNT PALMERSTON.
The 3rd Viscount was a statesman who served twice as Prime Minister in the mid-19th century.