Jenico Preston, 14th Viscount Gormanston

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The Viscount Gormanston
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35th Governor of the Leeward Islands
In office
Preceded by Charles Monroe Eldridge
Succeeded by Charles Mitchell
14th Governor of British Guiana
In office
Preceded by Charles Bruce
Succeeded by Charles Bruce
7th Governor of Tasmania
In office
8 August 1893 – 14 August 1900
Preceded by Robert Hamilton
Succeeded by Arthur Havelock
Personal details
Born 1 June 1837
Gormanston Castle, County Meath, Ireland
Died 29 October 1907 (1907-10-30) (aged 70)
Dublin, Ireland
Spouse(s) Ismay Louisa Ursula Bellow & Georgina Jane Connellan

Jenico William Joseph Preston, 14th Viscount Gormanston GCMG (1 June 1837 – 29 October 1907), was an Anglo-Irish colonial administrator.

Gormanston was born the son of Edward Anthony John Preston, 13th Viscount Gormanston, and his wife Lucretia, daughter of William Charles Jerningham, and was born at Gormanston Castle, County Meath.

He joined the 60th King's Royal Rifle Corps in 1855 and fought as a Lieutenant in the Indian Rebellion of 1857. However, Gormanston retired from the Army in 1860.

He later held the ceremonial posts of High Sheriff of County Dublin (1865), County Meath (1871) and was Chamberlain to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland the Marquess of Abercorn between 1866 and 1868. He succeeded his father in 1876 and was able to take his seat in the House of Lords in his junior title of Baron Gormanston, which had been created in the Peerage of the United Kingdom for his father in 1868. In 1885 Gormanston was appointed Governor of the Leeward Islands, a post he held until 1887, and then served as Governor of British Guiana from 1887 to 1893 and as Governor of Tasmania from 1893 to 1900.[1]

Lord Gormanston married firstly Hon. Ismay Louisa Ursula Bellew, daughter of Patrick Bellew, 1st Baron Bellew, in 1861. They had no children. After his first wife's death in 1875 he married secondly Georgina Jane Connellan, daughter of Peter Connellan, in 1878. They had three sons and one daughter. Lord Gormanston died in Dublin in October 1907, aged 70, and was succeeded in his titles by his eldest son Jenico Edward Joseph Preston, 15th Viscount Gormanston.[1]


  1. ^ a b Davis, R. P. (1983). "Gormanston, fourteenth Viscount (1837 - 1907)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 


  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,[page needed]
Government offices
Preceded by
Charles Monroe Eldridge
Governor of the Leeward Islands
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Mitchell, acting
Preceded by
Charles Bruce
Governor of British Guiana
Succeeded by
Charles Bruce
Preceded by
Sir Robert Hamilton
Governor of Tasmania
Succeeded by
Sir Arthur Havelock
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Edward Anthony John Preston
Viscount Gormanston
Succeeded by
Jenico Edward Joseph Preston