Valentine Quin, 1st Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl
He was the son of Windham Quin and Frances Dawson. The Quins were an old Irish family who had long been associated with Adare. The Earl's grandfather had added to the family's wealth and estates by marriage to the heiress Mary Widenham of Kildimo.
He was created a Baronet in 1781. He was elected in 1799 as Member of Parliament for his father's old seat Killmallock to the Irish House of Commons, sitting until the union of Ireland and Great Britain in 1800/01.
He was created Baron Adare on 31 July 1800 – as a staunch supporter of the political union, he was recommended by Lord Cornwallis – Viscount Mount-Earl on 3 February 1816, and Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl on 5 February 1822, all titles in the Peerage of Ireland. He presumably chose the title of Dunraven in honour of his daughter-in-law, the heiress Caroline Wyndham of Dunraven Castle, who had married his eldest son in 1810. His earldom lasted only two years until his death in 1824, when his son, Windham Henry Quin, became the 2nd Earl of Dunraven and Mountearl. The family name had officially become Wyndham-Quin in 1815.
Marriage and children
He married firstly Lady Frances Muriel Fox-Strangways, daughter of Stephen Fox-Strangways, 1st Earl of Ilchester, and his wife, the former Elizabeth Horner, on 24 August 1777. They had the following children:
- Lady Harriet Quin (d. 13 December 1845), married Sir William Payne-Gallwey, 1st Baronet
- Windham Henry Quin, 2nd Earl of Dunraven (1782–1850)
He is buried at St. Nicholas' Church of Ireland in Adare, County Limerick, Ireland.
- Debrett's Peerage of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. G. Woodfall. p. 816.
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- Debrett, John (1820). Debrett's Peerage of England, Scotland, and Ireland. p. 1172. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
- Burke, Bernard (1865). Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. Harrison and sons. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
|Peerage of Ireland|
|New creation|| Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl
| Viscount Mount-Earl|
| Baron Adare|
|Baronetage of Ireland|
|New creation|| Baronet