mar 1757 to Mary Henrietta Hunter [born 1736].
MP for Dundalk 1757-1760.
MP for Louth 1761-1782.
In Feb 1762, Mary Henrietta's younger sister Kitty Hunter eloped with the married 10th Earl of Pembroke and immediately became pregnant with his child. James and Mary Henrietta were supportive of Kitty.
See letter from James Fortescue, Dublin, 4 May 1762. He says: "I did most sincerely love her and as sincerely lament her unhappy passion for that damned villain ... which must be entirely got over before we can be of real use to her." He considers whether she should come to them in Ireland but does not think it a good idea.
James was author of a pamphlet, Some Hints for Planting (1767, reprinted twice).
In 1778, Kitty Hunter (now married to Alured Clarke, and the mother of two sons, both illegitimate) is found staying with her sister for a time at Ravensdale Park. Kitty's husband was away with the army in North America.
James died 1782.
He was buried at Haynestown Church, Co.Louth.
Mary Henrietta died 1814.
She was buried in Ketton church, Rutland.
James and Mary Henrietta had issue:
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