John Hely-Hutchinson, 2nd Earl of Donoughmore

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Portrait of Hely-Hutchinson by Gribayedoff

General John Hely-Hutchinson, 2nd Earl of Donoughmore, GCB (15 May 1757 – 29 June 1832) was an Anglo-Irish politician, hereditary peer and soldier.


He was the son of John Hely-Hutchinson and the Baroness Donoughmore. In 1801 he was created Baron Hutchinson in the Peerage of the United Kingdom (gaining a seat in the House of Lords) and later succeeded to all his brother Richard's titles. Educated at Eton, Magdalen College, Oxford, and Trinity College, Dublin. He died 29 June 1832, never having married.

Military career

He entered the Army as a Cornet in the 18th Dragoons in 1774, rising to a Lieutenant the next year. In 1776 he was promoted to become a Captain in the 67th Regiment of Foot, and a Major there in 1781. He moved regiments again in 1783, becoming a Lieutenant-Colonel in the 77th Regiment of Foot.

In March 1794 he obtained brevet promotion to Colonel, then became a Major-General in May 1796, a Lieutenant-General in September 1803, and a full General in June 1813. In 1811, he became Colonel of the 18th Regiment of Foot.

He served in the Flanders campaigns of 1793 as aide-de-camp to Sir Ralph Abercromby, and in Ireland during the Irish Rebellion of 1798, where he was second-in-command at the Battle of Castlebar under General Lake. In 1799, he was in the expedition to the Netherlands.

Egypt Campaign

Hely-Hutchinson was second-in-command of the 1801 expedition to Egypt, under Abercromby. Following Abercromby's death in March after being wounded at the Battle of Alexandria, Hely-Hutchinson took command of the force. From then he was able to besiege the French firstly at Cairo which capitulated in June and then besieged and took Alexandria culminating in the capitulation of over 22,000 French soldiers. In reward for his successes there, the Ottoman Sultan Selim III made him a Knight, 1st Class, of the Order of the Crescent.

In recognition of his "eminent services" during the "late glorious and successful campaign in Egypt", at the request of the King, the United Kingdom Parliament settled on Lord Hutchinson and the next two succeeding heirs male of his body, an annuity of £2000 per annum, paid out of the Consolidated Fund.[1]

Political career

Hely-Hutchinson sat as Member of Parliament (MP) for Lanesborough from 1776 to 1783 and for Taghmon from 1789 to 1790. Subsequently he represented Cork City in the Irish House of Commons until the Act of Union in 1801 and was then member for Cork City in the after-Union Parliament of the United Kingdom until 1802.


  1. Annuity to Lord Hutchinson, etc. Act 1802 c.113
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Edward Bellingham Swan
Matthias Earbery
Member of Parliament for Lanesborough
With: Robert Dillon
Succeeded by
Robert Dillon
David La Touche
Preceded by
Robert Stubber
Hon. Richard Hely-Hutchinson
Member of Parliament for Taghmon
With: Robert Stubber
Succeeded by
John Hely-Hutchinson
Warden Flood
Preceded by
John Hely-Hutchinson
Augustus Louis Carre Warren
Member of Parliament for Cork City
With: Richard Longfield 1790–1796
William Hare 1796–1797
Mountifort Longfield 1797–1801
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Cork City
With: Mountifort Longfield
Succeeded by
Mountifort Longfield
Christopher Hely-Hutchinson
Military offices
Preceded by
Charles O'Hara
Colonel of the 74th (Highland) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Sir John Stuart
Preceded by
John Hale
Governor of Londonderry
Succeeded by
The Earl of Suffolk
Preceded by
John Campbell
Colonel of the 57th (West Middlesex) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Sir Hew Dalrymple
Preceded by
Sir James Murray-Pulteney, Bt
Colonel of the 18th (The Royal Irish) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
The Lord Aylmer
Honorary titles
New title Lord Lieutenant of Tipperary
Succeeded by
The Earl of Donoughmore
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Richard Hely-Hutchinson
Earl of Donoughmore
Succeeded by
John Hely-Hutchinson
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Richard Hely-Hutchinson
Viscount Hutchinson
Succeeded by
John Hely-Hutchinson
New creation Baron Hutchinson
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