Lucius William O'Brien, 15th Baron Inchiquin 573
- Born: 21 June 1864, Upham, Hampshire
- Marriage: Ethel Jane Foster on 14 January 1896 in All Saints' Church, Richard's Castle
- Died: 9 December 1929, Dromoland Castle, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare aged 65 54
From The Times, January 15, 1896
The Hon. Lucius William O'Brien, eldest son of Lord Inchiquin, was
married to Miss Ethel Foster, of Moor-park, Ludlow, elder daughter of
the late Mr. Johnston J. Foster, at All Saints' Church, Richard's
Castle, yesterday. The bridesmaids were Miss Gertrude Foster, sister
of the bride; the Hon. Clare and Hon. Moira O'Brien, sisters of the
bridegroom; Miss Stansfeld and Miss May Stansfeld, cousins of the
bride, and Miss Salwey. The Hon. Edward O'Brien acted as best man.
Archdeacon Bather, of Ludlow, officiated. After the ceremony Mrs.
Johnston Foster entertained the bridal party at Moor-park. The Hon.
Lucius and Mrs. O'Brien left later in the day for Trengwainton,
Cornwall, the seat of Mr. T.R. Bolitho.
From The Times, December 11, 1929
Lord Inchiquin, an Irish representative peer, died on Monday at
Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare, at the age of 65.
Lucius William O'Brien, the eldest son of the 14th baron, was born at
Bishop Waltham, Hants, on June 21, 1864. He went to Eton in 1878, to
the Rev. Edward Hale's house, and left in 1880. In 1885 he contested
East Clare as a Conservative. He held a commission in the Rifle
Brigade from 1885 to 1893, and in 1895 was appointed State Steward to
the Lord Lieutenant. In 1898 he was High Sheriff of Co. Clare. On
the death of his father in April, 1900, he succeeded to the Irish
baronry created in 1543, and to the baronetcy created in 1686. This
family of O'Brien is shown in the "Complete Peerage" as descended from
Murrough O'Brien, Prince of Thomond, who in 1514 resigned to King
Henry VIII. his "captainship, title, superiority, and country", and
was created Earl of Thomond. Many members of the family later
distinguished themselves, notably the first Earl of Inchiquin and the
first Marquess of Thomond, dignities which are now extinct.
Lord Inchiquin succeeded his father as a representative peer in 1900,
and also became honorary colonel of the Clare R.F.A. Reserve. He was
a good sportsman and a good resident landlord, owning over 20,000
acres, and was very popular with his tenants. During the troubles
after the War he was not interfered with. On the establishment of the
Free State he became a member of the Senate. He was president of the
Ennis branch of the British Legion, and took an active interest in its
work. Lord Inchiquin married in 1896 Ethel Jane, elder daughter and
co-heir of Mr. Johnstone J. Foster, of Moor Park, Ludlow, and Cliffe
Hall, Lightcliffe, and had three sons and three daughters. He is
succeeded by his eldest son, the Hon. Donough Edward Foster O'Brien,
was was educated at Eton, Sandhurst, and Magdelen College, Oxford, and
served in The Rifle Brigade in the War. He married the Hon. Anne
Molyneux Thesiger, daughter of Viscount Chelmsford, and has two
daughters. He was A.D.C. to his father-in-law, when Viceroy of India,
Lt Rifle Brigade; Hon Col Clare RF Res Artillery, rep I peer 1900-29,
memb Senate IFS 1921; JP Salop, DL Co. Clare.
Noted events in his life were:
1. He appeared on the census in 1871 in 9 Devonshire Terrace, Paddington, London.
Lucius married Ethel Jane Foster, daughter of Johnston Jonas Foster and Unknown, on 14 January 1896 in All Saints' Church, Richard's Castle. (Ethel Jane Foster was born c 1868 in Lightcliffe, Yorkshire 10 and died on 5 June 1940.)