Robert Harcourt

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Sir Robert John Rolston Harcourt, JP (1902 - 25 August 1969) was a Northern Irish politician.

Robert Harcourt, known as John, became the director of F. E. Harcourt and Company coal merchants. He was High Sheriff of Belfast in 1949, and later in the year unsuccessfully stood as the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) candidate for South Down. Soon after this, John William Nixon, the independent Unionist MP for Belfast Woodvale, died. Harcourt stood in the ensuing by-election on 4 April 1950 and was elected.[1]

In 1955, Harcourt was elected Lord Mayor of Belfast, a position which carried with it an ex officio position in the Senate of Northern Ireland. He served until 1957, when he was knighted.[1]

Harcourt was an active member of the Orange Order and past Master of the prestigious Belfast lodge, Royal York LOL 145.


  1. ^ a b Northern Ireland Parliamentary Elections Results: Biographies

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Parliament of Northern Ireland
Preceded by
John William Nixon
Member of Parliament for Belfast Woodvale
1949 - 1955
Succeeded by
Neville Martin
Civic offices
Preceded by
James Henry Norritt
High Sheriff of Belfast
1949 – 1950
Succeeded by
Stuart Knox Henry
Preceded by
Percival Brown
Lord Mayor of Belfast
1955 - 1957
Succeeded by
Cecil McKee