Sir Robert Gore-Booth, 4th Baronet
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Background and education
Born at Bath, Somerset, he was the son of Sir Robert Gore-Booth, 3rd Baronet and his wife Hannah, the daughter of Henry Irwin. 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
- Dod (1860), p. 125
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- Dod, Robert P. (1860). The Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Whitaker and Co.
- "Sligo Heritage - Lissadell House, Coffin Ships, the Pomano and Sir Robert Gore-Booth".
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir Robert Gore-Booth, 4th Baronet
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for County Sligo
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
Sir Francis Knox-Gore, Bt
|Lord Lieutenant of Sligo
Edward Henry Cooper
|Baronetage of Ireland|
Henry William Gore-Booth