Colonel Thomas Francis Cosby
4th European Light Cavalry and Bengal Cavalry
Francis Cosby Rochfort was born on the 8th of February, 1841, the
second son of Colonel Horace William Noel Rochfort of Clogrenan
House, County Carlow, Ireland.
mother, Frances Elizabeth Cosby, was the daughter of Thomas Phillips
Cosby of Stradbally Hall. Thomasí father, Horace Rochfort, a Deputy
Lord Lieutenant, Justice of the Peace and High Sheriff of County
Carlow, was one of the largest landowners in the county, owning over
1,600 acres of farmland, and was a noted athlete who founded the
Carlow Cricket Club, the Carlow Rugby Club (officially known as the
County Carlow Football Club, which is still in existence today), as
well as the All Ireland Polo Club, the oldest polo club in Europe.
Thomasís mother died on the 25th of March, 1841, less than two
months after his birth. Quite possibly, her death was due to
complications from childbirth, not uncommon at the time.
His father remarried within a few years, marrying the Honorable
Charlotte Hood, the daughter of Samuel Hood, 2nd Baron Bridport, on
the 4th of September, 1845. Growing up, Thomas no doubt lived a life
of privilege as a member of the landed gentry of Ireland.
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