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

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]


Reports state that during the period of the Great Famine he mortgaged his estates and assisted his tenants by both providing them with food and refusing to accept any rents during the famine. Anbinder, Tyler (2001). Five Points. Plume. p. 57. ISBN 0684859955.

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


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.


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


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

External links

  • "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
Preceded by
William Ormsby-Gore
John Ffolliott
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
Succeeded by
Denis O'Conor
Edward King-Harman
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Francis Knox-Gore, Bt
Lord Lieutenant of Sligo
Succeeded by
Edward Henry Cooper
Baronetage of Ireland
Preceded by
Robert Gore-Booth
(of Artarman)
Succeeded by
Henry William Gore-Booth
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