Richard Hely-Hutchinson, 4th Earl of Donoughmore

The Right Honourable
The Earl of Donoughmore
President of the Board of Trade
In office
3 March 1859  11 June 1859
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister The Earl of Derby
Preceded by Joseph Warner Henley
Succeeded by Thomas Milner Gibson
Personal details
Born 4 April 1823 (1823-04-04)
Died 22 February 1866 (1866-02-23) (aged 42)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Thomasina Steele (d. 1890)

Richard John Hely-Hutchinson, 4th Earl of Donoughmore PC FRS (4 April 1823 – 22 February 1866), styled Viscount Suirdale between 1832 and 1851, was a British Conservative politician.


Donoughmore was the son of John Hely-Hutchinson, 3rd Earl of Donoughmore, and the Hon. Margaret, daughter of Luke Gardiner, 1st Viscount Mountjoy.[1]

Political career

Donoughmore was appointed High Sheriff of Tipperary for 1847.[2]

He entered the House of Lords on the death of his father in 1851. He held office as Vice-President of the Board of Trade and Paymaster General in Lord Derby's second government, and was promoted to the actual presidency of the Board of Trade in February 1859 on the resignation of J. W. Henley over the abortive 1859 Reform Bill. He remained in this post until the government fell in June of the same year. In 1858 he was admitted to the Privy Council.[3]

In 1865 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.[4]


Lord Donoughmore married Thomasina Jocelyn, daughter of Walter Steele, in 1847. Their fifth son the Hon. Sir Walter Hely-Hutchinson was a diplomat. Donoughmore died in February 1866, aged 42, and was succeeded in the earldom by his eldest son, John. The Countess of Donoughmore died in May 1890.[5]


Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Lowe
Paymaster General
Succeeded by
Lord Lovaine
Vice-President of the Board of Trade
Preceded by
Joseph Warner Henley
President of the Board of Trade
Succeeded by
Thomas Milner Gibson
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
John Hely-Hutchinson
Earl of Donoughmore
Succeeded by
John Hely-Hutchinson
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