Sir Thomas Wyse

(1791—1862) politician and diplomatist

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(1791–1862). The son of a Catholic gentleman from Co. Waterford, Wyse took a leading part in the campaign for Catholic emancipation, notably in the successful challenge to the Beresford interest in the county in 1826. His Historical Sketch of the Late Catholic Association of Ireland (1829) is a vivid contemporary account. He was MP for Co. Tipperary 1830–2 and for Waterford 1835–47. Though interested in federalism he refused to support the repeal movement. Instead his career was that of a Catholic Whig, holding junior ministerial office 1839–41 and 1846–9, and subsequently serving as British envoy in Athens. He was knighted in 1856.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

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