Sir Frederick John
Falkiner, eldest son. dsp Frederick James Falkiner, who was created a baronet, was prominent in the political world of his day, and has been described as an Irish gentleman of the old school. A year after he had attained his majority in 1790 he was returned, on the nomination of the Duke of Leinster, to whom he was related, member of parliament for Athy, and seven years later he was elected member for Dublin county. He was an opponent of the Union, and no honour or bribe of money would tempt him to support it. Until the general election of 1807, when he was defeated at the poll, he continued to represent the county of Dublin, and in the autumn of 1812 he was again returned to parliament as member for the borough of Carlow. Two months later he was created a baronet. His popularity at that time was evinced by the presentation to him of the freedom of Dublin, and in the address presented to him on that occasion allusion is made to the very distinguished manner in which he had supported the true interest of the Empire. But his patriotism had led him to raise a regiment, the Regent's county Dublin regiment of foot, of which he was the honorary colonel, and had involved him in financial difficulties. His embarrassments clouded his later days, which were passed at Naples, where in- 1824 his death took place in tragic circumstances. Sir Frederick Falkiner, who married a daughter of Sackville Gardiner, but left no heir, is recorded to have been of prepossessing appearance, and to have possessed elegant manners; he is said to have been also most agreeable in society, and to have excelled in sport.