Arthur Ingram, 3rd Viscount of Irvine

Arthur Ingram, 3rd Viscount of Irvine (25 January 1666 – 21 June 1702) was an English Member of Parliament and peer. He was the Vice-Admiral of Yorkshire and Member of Parliament for Yorkshire and Scarborough. He was the father or grandfather of all the later Viscounts Irvine.

The 3rd Viscount Irvine was the younger of two sons of the 1st Viscount, Henry Ingram, of Temple Newsam, and younger brother of the 2nd Viscount, Edward Ingram (c. 1662–1688). Edward inherited the title at the age of 4, on his father's death, and therefore their mother the Viscountess Essex Ingram, née Montagu (daughter of Edward Montagu, 2nd Earl of Manchester), was the more important parental example. Arthur lived a little longer than his father and brother, both of whom died at the age of 26. He married Isabella Machell (1670–1764), elder daughter of John Machell (1637–1704, M.P. for Horsham, Sussex) of Hills Place (Horsham)[1] and Helena Warmestry,[2] when he was 19 and she 15 years old. The marriage took place in London, as of St Benet Gracechurch, in October 1685, although that church was then being rebuilt (1681–1686).[3] The marriage reinforced older Machell connections with the Rich family, from which Viscountess Essex Ingram, Arthur's mother, was also descended.

Arthur inherited the titles and the benefit of his brother's estate in 1688.[4] His nine sons, heirs to the Viscountcy, were born between 1686 and 1701.[5] In 1691 Isabella's sister Caecilia Maria married John Parsons at All Hallows-on-the-Wall, and they had a daughter Helena.[6]

The 3rd Viscount made his will on 12 June 1702, giving half his estate to Lady Isabella, and £2000 each in trust for his younger sons, but noting that if John Machell settled his estate on the second son, Rich, his portion should be shared among the others. Lady Isabella was to have their guardianship and upbringing.[7] He died on 21 June 1702, and was buried at Whitkirk on 8 July 1702.[8] John Machell (who often stayed at Temple Newsam) died in 1704, entailing all of his valuable estate at Horsham in Sussex to descend to his grandchildren, commencing with the second, Rich Ingram (since the eldest was to inherit Temple Newsam). This was (according to his will) on condition that any so inheriting should change their name to Machell, a proviso which was not respected.[9] Isabella outlived all her sons and died in 1764 at the age of 94.[10]

A portrait reputed to be of Arthur the 3rd Viscount is at Temple Newsam,[11] and he also features in a landscape hunting scene by Leonard Knyff.[12] A portrait of Isabella (Machell), Viscountess Irwin, by John Closterman, is also at Temple Newsam.[13]



  1. B.M. Crook, 'Machell, John (1637-1704), of Hills Place, Horsham, Suss.', in B.D. Henning (ed.), The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, (Boydell & Brewer 1983), History of Parliament online.
  2. W.H. Challen, 'John Machell, M.P., Horsham', Sussex Notes and Queries XVI (1964), pp. 114-121.
  3. T.N.A. Discovery Catalogue, piece description WYL100/F/4/1 (Marriage certificate: West Yorkshire Archive Service, Leeds).
  4. Will of the Right Honorable Edward Lord Ingram Viscount Irvine (P.C.C. 1688), Exton quire.
  5. H.W. Forsyth Harwood, 'Ingram, Viscount Irvine', in J. Balfour Paul, The Scots Peerage: Founded on Wood's Edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland (David Douglas, Edinburgh 1908), V (1908), pp. 9-20, at pp. 14-16.
  6. Challen, 'John Machell, M.P., Horsham', Sussex Notes and Queries (1964).
  7. Will of the Right Honourable Arthur Lord Ingram Viscount Irvine (P.C.C. 1706), Eedes quire.
  8. Whitkirk Parish Register 8 July 1702 says "8 July 1702 ye Right honble Arthur Ingram Visct Irwyn was bur in Thorphall Quire"
  9. Will of John Machell of Horsham, Sussex (P.C.C. 1704).
  10. Will of the Right Honourable Isabella Viscountess Irwin, Dowager of Windsor, Berkshire (P.C.C. 1764).
  11. Portrait of Arthur Ingram (1666-1702), British School, see Art UK, image credit:Leeds Museum and Galleries.
  12. Hunting portrait of Arthur, 3rd Viscount Irwin, by Leonard Knyff, see Art UK, Leeds Museums and Galleries/Bridgeman Images.
  13. Portrait of Isabella, Viscountess Irwin, c. 1685-90, see at Art UK, Leeds Museums and Galleries/Bridgeman images. Isabella's dates are incorrectly given as 1688-1721.
  14. burial in Horsham parish register 26 Feb 1714 (O.S.)
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Francis Thompson
John Hungerford
Member of Parliament for Scarborough
With: John Hungerford 1693–1695
Sir Charles Hotham 1695–1701
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Hotham
William Thompson
Preceded by
The Lord Fairfax of Cameron
Sir John Kaye
Member of Parliament for Yorkshire
With: The Lord Fairfax of Cameron
Succeeded by
Sir John Kaye
Marquess of Hartington
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Mulgrave
Vice-Admiral of Yorkshire
Succeeded by
The Earl of Burlington
Preceded by
The Duke of Leeds
Lord Lieutenant of the North Riding of Yorkshire
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Normanby
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Edward Ingram
Viscount of Irvine
Succeeded by
Edward Machell Ingram
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