Robert Dillon, 3rd Baron Clonbrock

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Robert Dillon, 3rd Baron Clonbrock (29 March 1807 – 4 December 1893), was an Irish peer.

Dillon family portrait, including Robert Dillon.

Dillon was the son of Luke Dillon, 2nd Baron Clonbrock, by the Honourable Anastasia, daughter of Joseph Blake, 1st Baron Wallscourt. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. In December 1826, aged 19, he succeeded his father in the barony. This was an Irish peerage and did not entitle him to an automatic seat in the House of Lords.[1] However, in 1838 he was elected an Irish Representative Peer.[1][2] In 1872 he was appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Galway, a post he held until 1892.[1][3]

Lord Clonbrock married the Honourable Caroline Elizabeth, daughter of Francis Spencer, 1st Baron Churchill, in 1830. They had four sons and eight daughters. Lady Clonbrock died at Clonbrock in December 1864, aged 59. Lord Clonbrock remained a widower until his death in December 1893, aged 86. He was succeeded in the barony by his second but eldest surviving son, Luke.[1] His 6th daughter, Alice Elizabeth Dillon married John Congreve in 1866 and settled at Mount Congreve estate.


Dillon was a member of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and appeared in 5 first-class cricket matches between 1832 and 1834, recorded on scorecards as Lord Clonbrock. He totalled 13 runs with a highest score of 6.[4]


Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Marquess of Clanricarde
Lord-Lieutenant of Galway
Succeeded by
The Lord Clonbrock
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Luke Dillon
Baron Clonbrock
Succeeded by
Luke Gerald Dillon