Sir Robert Anderson, 1st Baronet

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Sir Robert Anderson, as Lord Mayor

Sir Robert Anderson, 1st Baronet (8 December 1837 – 16 July 1921) was an Irish businessman, High Sheriff and Lord Mayor of Belfast.

He was the son of James Anderson, of Corbofin, County Monaghan and moved to Belfast at the age of fifteen.

In 1861, in conjunction with the John B. McAuley, he founded and remained proprietor of the firm of Anderson and McAuley, a now defunct Belfast department store. He was also a director of several other companies.

Dod's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, Etc. of Great Britain and Ireland for 1915, page 53.

Chairman of Anderson & McAuley, Ltd. ; Sir John Arnott & Co., Ltd. ; Vulcanite, Ltd. ; City Estates, Ltd. ; Milfort Weaving and Finishing Co., Ltd. ; William Ross & Co., Ltd., spinners. ; Baltic Firewood Co., Ltd. ; a director of Laganvale Brick Works.

Vulcanite Ltd. eventually evolved into Icopal Limited,

He was a JP for County Antrim, appointed High Sheriff of Belfast in 1903 and knighted the same year during a visit by King Edward VII. He became a Conservative Member of the Corporation of Belfast from 1893 and was elected Lord Mayor of Belfast in 1908. In 1911 he was appointed High Sheriff of Monaghan and created a baronet, of Parkmount in the County of the City of Belfast and of Mullaghmore in the County of Monaghan.[1]

In 1890 he had married Wilhelmina, daughter of the Rev Andrew Long, of Monreagh, County Donegal. They lived at Parkmount, Greencastle, County Antrim (which he had purchased from the McNeills) and at Mullaghmore House, County Monaghan. He died in 1921 and was buried in Belfast City Cemetery. On his death without an heir the baronetage became extinct.


  1. ^ "No. 28566". The London Gazette. 29 December 1911. p. 9825. 
Civic offices
Preceded by
Samuel Lawthor
High Sheriff of Belfast
1903 – 1904
Succeeded by
Henry Hutton
Preceded by
The Earl of Shaftesbury
Lord Mayor of Belfast
1908 – 1910
Succeeded by
Robert James McMordie
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Parkmount and Mullaghmore)