Richard Hely-Hutchinson, 1st Earl of Donoughmore

Richard Hely Hely-Hutchinson, 1st Earl of Donoughmore (29 January 1756 – 22 August 1825), styled The Honourable Richard Hely-Hutchinson from 1783 to 1788, was an Irish peer and politician.


He was the son of Rt. Hon. John Hely-Hutchinson and Christiana Hely-Hutchinson, 1st Baroness Donoughmore. In 1776, he stood as Member of Parliament in the Irish House of Commons for two different constituencies. He sat for Dublin University to 1778 and Sligo Borough to 1783. Subsequently he represented Taghmon, County Wexford, from 1783 until 1788, when he succeeded to his mother's title. In 1789, he was elected Grandmaster of the Grand Lodge of Ireland, a post he held until 1813.[1]

He was created Viscount Donoughmore, of Knocklofty, Co. Tipperary (Peerage of Ireland), on 20 November 1797, with a special remainder to his mother's male descendants and, in 1800, Earl of Donoughmore. He was one of the original 28 Irish Representative peers and an advocate of Roman Catholic emancipation. He was created, in 1821, Viscount Hutchinson (in the Peerage of the United Kingdom) and thus gained a hereditary seat in the House of Lords.

He held the office of Governor of County Tipperary and of Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer Court of Exchequer (Ireland). He gained the rank of Lieutenant-General.


  1. Waite, Arthur Edward (2007). A New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry. vol. I. Cosimo, Inc. p. 400. ISBN 1-60206-641-8.

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Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Philip Tisdall
Sir Capel Molyneux, 3rd Bt
Member of Parliament for Dublin University
With: Walter Hussey-Burgh
Succeeded by
Walter Hussey-Burgh
John FitzGibbon
Preceded by
John Wynne
William Ormsby
Member of Parliament for Sligo Borough
With: Owen Wynne
Succeeded by
Owen Wynne
John Foster
Preceded by
Thomas Pigott
William Alexander English
Member of Parliament for Taghmon
With: Dudley Hussey 1783–1786
Robert Stubber 1786–1788
Succeeded by
Robert Stubber
Hon. John Hely-Hutchinson
Masonic offices
Preceded by
The Viscount Glerawley
Grandmaster of the Grand Lodge of Ireland
Succeeded by
The Duke of Leinster
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Earl of Donoughmore
Succeeded by
John Hely-Hutchinson
Viscount Donoughmore
Preceded by
Christiana Hely-Hutchinson
Baron Donoughmore
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Viscount Hutchinson
Succeeded by
John Hely-Hutchinson
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