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Ross, Earl of (I, 1772 - 1802)


Creation: let.pat. 4 Jan 1772 


Extinct: 1802


Family name: Gore




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A Wolf rampant Argent collared Gules


On either side a Leopard Argent plain collared Gules


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Ralph [Gore], 1st Baron Gore later 1st Viscount Bellisle later 1st Earl of Ross

2nd son of Rt Hon Sir Ralph Gore, 4th Bt., of Manor Gore, co. Donegal, by his second wife Elizabeth Ashe, only dau. and eventually hrss. of Rt Rev St George Ashe DD, Bishop of Clogher


23 Nov 1725

mar. (1)

23 Feb 1754 Catharine Conolly (dsp. 4 May 1771), sister of Rt Hon Thomas Conolly MP, of Castletown, co. Kildare, and 1st dau. of Rt Hon William Conolly MP, of Castletown, co. Kildare by his wife Lady Anne Wentworth, 1st dau. of Thomas [Wentworth], 1st Earl of Strafford, by his wife Anne Johnson, dau. and hrss. by his first wife of Sir Henry Johnson, of Bradenham, co. Buckingham, and Teddington, co. Bedford

mar. (2)

22 Aug 1773 his first cousin once removed Alice Clements (d. 27 Apr 1795;  bur. in Clifton Church, Bristol), sister of Robert [Clements], 1st Earl of Leitrim, and 4th dau. of Rt Hon Nathaniel Clements, Deputy Vice-Treasurer of Ireland and Teller of the Irish Exchequer, by his wife Catherine Gore, 1st dau. of Very Rev William Gore, Dean of Down (by his wife Honora Prittie), 2nd son of Sir William Gore, 3rd Bt., of Manor Gore, co. Donegal

only child by second wife

1. Hon Ralph Gore, styled Viscount Bellisle (b. 3 Oct 1774; dvp. 18 Feb 1795; bur. in Clifton Church, Bristol)


s.p.s. 1802


30 Jun 1764 Baron Gore, of Manor Gore in the County of Donegal

25 Aug 1768 Viscount Bellisle, of Bellisle in the County of Fermanagh

4 Jun 1772 Earl of Ross

suc. by



entered the Army as Lieut, 33rd Regiment of Foot 1744;  was severely wounded at the Battle of Fontenoy 1745; suc. his elder brother as 6th Baronet 25 Sep 1746;   took command of his battalion, as Capt, at the Battle of Lauffeld 1747;  Member of Parliament for co. Donegal 1747-64;  Sheriff of co. Donegal 1755 and of co. Fermanagh 1760;  Lt Col commanding 92nd Regiment of Foot 1760;  Col 1772;  Maj Gen 1777;  Col, 32nd Regiment of Foot 1781-1802;  Lieut Gen 1782;  Commander-in-Chief in Ireland 1788;  General 1796


On the death of the 1st Earl of Ross the Barony of Gore, the Viscountcy of Bellisle and the Earldom of Ross all became extinct. The Baronetcy (styled "of Magharabeg, co. Donegal" and cr. 2 Feb 1621/2) passed to his nephew, Ralph Gore.


 First written 22 Feb 2012



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