The Earl of Donoughmore
President of the Board of Trade
In office
3 March 1859 – 11 June 1859
Prime MinisterThe Earl of Derby
Preceded byJoseph Warner Henley
Succeeded byThomas Milner Gibson
Personal details
Born4 April 1823 (1823-04-04)
Died22 February 1866 (1866-02-23) (aged 42)
Political partyConservative
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.[citation needed]

Political career

Donoughmore was appointed High Sheriff of Tipperary for 1847.[1]

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.[2]

In 1865 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.[3]


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.[citation needed]

Colonel Lewis Vivian Loyd was married on 14 August 1879 to Lady Mary Sophia Hely Hutchinson (1854–1936), daughter of the 4th Earl of Donoughmore,[citation needed] a writer and translator[4] with whom he had three children: two sons and a daughter.[5]


He was Intitated in Lodge No.12, in Ireland and was Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Ireland for 1846.. He was made an Honorary Member of Lodge Holyrood House (St Luke's), No.44, on 7 January 1846.[6]


  1. ^ "Fellows of the Royal Society who are or were Freemasons, listed alphabetically" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 December 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  2. ^ The London Gazette, 9 April 1858
  3. ^ "Library and Archive Catalogue". Royal Society. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Mary S. Loyd, 1854-1936". The Correspondence of James McNeill Whistler. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
  5. ^ Melville Henry Massue Ruvigny et Raineval (marquis de) (1994). Plantagenet Roll of the Blood Royal: The Clarence Volume, Containing the Descendants of George, Duke of Clarence. Genealogical Publishing Com. ISBN 9780806314327. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
  6. ^ A History of the Mason Lodge of Holyrood House (St.Luke's), No.44, holding of the Grand Lodge of Scotland with Roll of Members, 1734-1934, by Robert Strathern Lindsay, W.S., Edinburgh, 1935. Vol.II, p.639.