Baron Harlech, of Harlech in the County of Merioneth, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1876 for the Conservative politician John Ormsby-Gore, with remainder to his younger brother William. He had previously represented Carnarvon and North Shropshire in the House of Commons. Ormsby-Gore was the eldest son of William Ormsby-Gore, Member of Parliament for County Leitrim, Carnarvon and North Shropshire, and the great-great-great-grandson of William Gore, third and youngest son of Sir Arthur Gore, 1st Baronet, of Newtown, second son of Sir Paul Gore, 1st Baronet, of Magharabag, whose eldest son Paul was the grandfather of Arthur Gore, 1st Earl of Arran.
Lord Harlech was succeeded according to the special remainder by his brother William, the second Baron. He was a former Conservative Member of Parliament for County Sligo and County Leitrim and also served as Lord Lieutenant of County Leitrim for many years. His son, the third Baron, represented Oswestry in the House of Commons as a Conservative and served as Lord Lieutenant of County Leitrim and of Merionethshire. He was succeeded by his son, the fourth Baron. He was a Conservative politician and notably served as Postmaster-General, as First Commissioner of Works and as Secretary of State for the Colonies. His second but eldest surviving son, the fifth Baron, was a prominent Conservative politician and diplomat. From 1961 to 1965 he served as British Ambassador to the United States. As of 2016 the title is held by his grandson, the seventh Baron, who succeeded in 2016. As a descendant of both Sir Arthur Gore, 1st Baronet, of Newtown, and Sir Paul Gore, 1st Baronet, of Magharabag, he is also in remainder to these titles.
HTV, now known as ITV Wales, is an independent television company established by David Ormsby-Gore, 5th Baron Harlech, and the company was initially known as Harlech Television until 1970. The "H" in HTV stands for Harlech.
Barons Harlech (1876)
- John Ralph Ormsby-Gore, 1st Baron Harlech (1816–1876)
- William Richard Ormsby-Gore, 2nd Baron Harlech (1819–1904)
- George Ralph Charles Ormsby-Gore, 3rd Baron Harlech (1855–1938)
- William George Arthur Ormsby-Gore, 4th Baron Harlech (1885–1964)
- (William) David Ormsby-Gore, 5th Baron Harlech (1918–1985)
- Francis David Ormsby-Gore, 6th Baron Harlech (1954–2016)
- Jasset David Cody Ormsby-Gore, 7th Baron Harlech (born 1986)
There is no heir to the barony.
Coat of arms
- Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,
- Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages
- Winston Churchill Thanks Ormsby-Gore for Accepting Permanent Mandates Commission Responsible for Palestine Posting Shapell Manuscript Foundation
- Glyn Cywarch history by The Gwynedd Archaeological Trust
- Glyn Cywarch photo on The3rdFloorStudio blog