Frank Brooke

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Francis Theophilius "Frank" Brooke PC, JP, DL (1851 – 30 July 1920) was an Anglo-Irish Director of Great Southern and Eastern Railways and a member of the Earl of Ypres' Advisory Council.[1] He was gunned down, aged 69, by elements of Michael Collins squad of the IRA. He was marked out for his activities as a judge, anti-republican activities, and his friendship with Sir John French.


Brooke was a cousin of Basil Brooke, 1st Viscount Brookeborough, the future Prime Minister of Northern Ireland.[2] Brooke, a grandson of Hans Hastings, 12th Earl of Huntingdon, on his mother's side, and of Sir Henry Brooke, 1st Baronet, on his father's,[3] was married twice; firstly to Alice Moore, a daughter of the Dean of Clogher, (d. 1909) and secondly to Agnes Hibbert.[4] By his first wife he had three children; Alice Gertrude (later Doyne), Lt. Col. George Frank Brooke and Henry Hastings Brooke.[4]


Brooke was also Deputy Lieutenant of County Wicklow and County Fermanagh, a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, a Justice of the Peace for County Fermanagh and a Privy Councillor of Ireland (1918), thus he was styled The Rt. Hon. Francis Brooke.[4]

In July 1912 he had attended the house party at Wentworth Woodhouse hosted for George V's stay there.[5]


He was killed at his offices, in Dublin, by Irish Republican Army members Paddy Daly and Jim Slattery, in view of a colleague, who was spared. The inquest found he had a pistol in his jacket pocket.


  1. ^ A chronology of the Troubles
  2. ^ Cambridge Journals
  3. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "p. 18129 § 181290". The Peerage. [unreliable source]
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  5. ^ Bailey, C (2007). Black Diamonds: The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty, p. 130. London: Viking. ISBN 978-0-670-91542-2