Smythe, Percy Clinton Sydney, 6th Viscount Strangford (1780 -1855)
Viscount Strangford, and Marie Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Frederick Philipse, of Philipsebourg in New York State. He was ducated at Trinity College, Dublin, which he entered 15 July 1796, obtaining the gold medal in 1800, B.A. 1800; LL.D. 15 September 1820. A diplomat and a Portuguese scholar, he published, in 1803, Poems from the Portuguese of Camoens with remarks and notes, which was many times reprinted. He was Secretary of Legation at Lisbon 1803 1808; Minister Plenipotentiary 1807, and was made a Grandee of Portugal and a Knight of the Tower and Sword, a Knight of the Bath 16 March 1808, and a G.C.B. 2 January 1815. From 1808 to 1815 he was Minister Plenipotentiary to Brazil; from 1817 to 1820 Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Stockholm, Ambassador to Constantinople 1820 1825, and Ambassador to St Petersburg 1825 1826. He was created Baron Penshirst of Penshurst in Kent in the peerage of Great Britain 26 January 1825. He married, 17 July 1817, Ellen, fifth and youngest daughter of Sir Thomas Burke, 1st Baronet of Mabole Hill, County Galway, and widow of Nicholas Browne. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and A Grand Cross of the Hanoverian Order. His library was sold by auction by Sotheby & Son 12 August 1831.