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William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse

Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: York, Yorkshire, England
Death: October 31, 1867 (67)
Birr, Offaly, Ireland
Place of Burial: St. Brandon Parsonstown, Offaly, Ireland
Immediate Family:

Son of Laurence Parsons, 2nd Earl of Rosse and Alice Parsons
Husband of Mary Countess of Rosse
Father of Lawrence Parsons, 4th Earl of Rosse; Hon. Richard Clere Parsons; Sir Charles Algernon Parsons OM KCB FRS and Hon. Richard Clere Parsons
Brother of Hon. Laurence Parsons; Alicia Parsons and Jane Parsons

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About William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse, Knight of the Order of St Patrick (KP) (17 June 1800 – 31 October 1867) was an English astronomer who had several telescopes built. His 72-inch telescope "Leviathan", built 1845, was the world's largest telescope until the early 20th century..."

"...He was born in Yorkshire, England, in the city of York. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and Oxford University's Magdalen College, graduating with first-class honors in mathematics during 1822. He inherited an earldom and a large estate in King's County (now County Offaly) in Ireland when his father Lawrence Parsons, 2nd Earl of Rosse died during 1841..."


Rosse married Mary Field, daughter of John Wilmer Field, on 14 April 1836. They had four children:

  1. Lawrence Parsons, 4th Earl of Rosse (17 November 1840 – 30 August 1908).
  2. Reverend Randal Parsons (26 April 1848 – 15 November 1936).
  3. Hon. Richard Clere Parsons (21 February 1851 – 26 January 1923), apparently become known for developing railways in South America.
  4. Sir Charles Algernon Parsons (13 June 1854 – 11 February 1931), is known for inventing the steam turbine.

"...In addition to his astronomical interests, Rosse served as an Member of Parliament (MP) for King's County from 1821 to 1834, an Irish representative peer after 1845, president of the Royal Society (1848–1854), and chancellor of Trinity College, Dublin (1862–1867)...."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 9 July 2011, 15:08 UTC, <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=William_Parsons,_3rd_Earl_of_Rosse&oldid=438590351> [accessed 13 July 2011]

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William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse's Timeline

June 17, 1800
York, Yorkshire, England
November 17, 1840
Age 40
February 21, 1851
Age 50
June 13, 1854
Age 53
October 31, 1867
Age 67
Birr, Offaly, Ireland
Age 66
St. Brandon Parsonstown, Offaly, Ireland