William Sharman Crawford (1781 - 1861):
William Sharman Crawford was born in County Down and became High Sheriff of that county in 1811. He was an advocate of emancipation and is known as the 'Father of Tenant Right'. In 1835 he became member of parliament for Dundalk. He had a chequered career in politics and was not in favour of Repeal, preferring a federal parliamentary system. He was elected member of parliament for Rochdale in 1841 and in 1846 formed the Ulster Tenant Right Association. He stood for election in County Down, in 1852, but was defeated. He died in Crawfordsburn, County Down.