Sir Robert Gore-Booth, 4th Baronet

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Sir Robert Gore-Booth, 4th Baronet (25 August 1805 – 21 December 1876) was an Anglo-Irish politician and landowner, who built Lissadell House, located in County Sligo.

Background and education[edit]

Born at Bath, Somerset, he was the son of Sir Robert Gore-Booth, 3rd Baronet and his wife Hannah, the daughter of Henry Irwin.[1] In 1814, aged only nine, he succeeded his father as baronet. He was educated at Westminster School and went then to Queens' College, Cambridge, graduating with a Master of Arts in 1826.[1][2]

Career[edit]

During the period of the Great Irish famine, he was accused of evicting his starving tenant farmers and of packing them into coffin ships to emigrate.[citation needed] Contradictory reports state that he mortgaged his estates and assisted his tenants by both providing them with food and refusing to accept any rents during the famine.[citation needed]

He was appointed High Sheriff of Sligo for 1830. In 1850 he was elected MP for Sligo County in the British House of Commons, representing the constituency for twenty-six years until his death. Having been a Deputy Lieutenant from 1841, he was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Sligo in 1868.

Caroline Susan Goold

Family[edit]

In 1827, Gore-Booth married firstly Caroline, the second daughter of Robert King, 1st Viscount Lorton. She died a year later, and after another two years as widower, he remarried Caroline Susan, second daughter of Thomas Goold. His second wife died in 1855 and Gore-Booth survived her until his death in 1876 aged 71. He was succeeded in the baronetcy by his second son Henry.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dod (1860), p. 125
  2. ^ "Booth or Gore-Booth, Sir Robert Gore, Bart (BT823RG)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Dod, Robert P. (1860). The Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Whitaker and Co. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Ormsby-Gore
John Ffolliott
Member of Parliament for County Sligo
1850–1876
With: William Ormsby-Gore 1850–1852
Richard Swift 1852–1857
Edward Joshua Cooper 1857–1859
Charles Cooper 1859–1865
Edward Henry Cooper 1865–1868
Denis O'Conor 1868–1876
Succeeded by
Denis O'Conor
Edward King-Harman
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Francis Knox-Gore, Bt
Lord Lieutenant of Sligo
1868–1876
Succeeded by
Edward Henry Cooper
Baronetage of Ireland
Preceded by
Robert Gore-Booth
Baronet
(of Artarman)
1814–1876
Succeeded by
Henry William Gore-Booth