Robert Cuninghame, 1st Baron Rossmore
|Born||18 April 1726|
6 August 1801 (aged 75)|
|Allegiance||Kingdom of Great Britain|
|Battles/wars||Jacobite rising of 1745|
Cuninghame was the son of Colonel David Cuninghame, and his wife Margaret Callander of Craigforth. He was a General in the Army who fought at an early age at the Battle of Culloden in 1746 with the 14th Foot. He later served as Commander-in-Chief of Ireland from 1793 to 1796.
Cuninghame sat as a Member of the Irish House of Commons for Tulsk from 1751 to 1761, for Armagh Borough from 1761 to 1768 and for Monaghan Borough from 1768 to 1796. Between 1788 and 1789 he represented East Grinstead in the British House of Commons.
Lord Rossmore later sat as an Irish Representative Peer in the House of Lords from January 1801 until his death in August 1801. He was childless and was succeeded in the barony according to the special remainder by his wife's nephew Warner William Westenra, 2nd Baron Rossmore. Lady Rossmore died in 1824.
Cuninghame was a descendant of the Cuninghames of Drumquhassle and married Elizabeth Murray, second daughter and co-heiress of Colonel John Murray, in 1754. He was admitted to the Irish Privy Council in 1782 and in 1796 he was raised to the Peerage of Ireland as Baron Rossmore, of Monaghan in the County of Monaghan, with remainder to his wife's nephews Henry Alexander Jones (the son of Theophilus Jones and Anne Murray, eldest sister of Elizabeth; Henry Alexander Jones died childless before his uncle Lord Rossmore) and Warner William Westenra and Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Westenra, sons of Henry Westenra and Harriet Murray, youngest sister of Elizabeth.
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