Robert Otway-Cave

Robert Otway-Cave (1796 – 29 November 1844),[1] styled The Honourable from 1839, was a British politician.

Born Robert Otway, he was the only surviving son of Henry Otway and his wife, the 3rd Baroness Braye, of Castle Otway, Tipperary.[2] His uncle was Sir Robert Otway, 1st Baronet, an admiral in the Royal Navy.[3] He was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford,[4] and succeeded his father in 1815, inheriting the family seat at Castle Otway. In 1818, he took by royal sign manual the additional surname of Cave, the maiden name of his mother, to whose title he was heir apparent.[3]

Otway-Cave entered the British House of Commons in 1826, sitting for Leicester the next four years.[5] In August 1832, he was elected for Tipperary, which he represented until December.[6] He was again returned for the constituency in 1835, a seat he held until his death in 1844.[6]

On 23 October 1833, he married Sophia Burdett, the eldest daughter of Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Baronet.[2] Otway-Cave died aged 48, after short illness without issue at Bath, Somerset.[3] and was laid to rest in a family tomb in St Nicholas Church, Stanford-on-Avon, Northamptonshire. Castle Otway passed on his wife's death in 1849 to his cousin, Vice-Admiral Robert Jocelyn Otway.[7] The barony passed into abeyance in 1862 on the death of his mother.


  1. Lodge, Edmund (1859). The Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire (28th ed.). London: Hurst and Blackett. p. 74.
  2. 1 2 "ThePeerage - Hon. Robert Otway-Cave". Retrieved 8 December 2006.
  3. 1 2 3 Sylvanus, Urban (1845). The Gentleman's Magazine. London: John Harris and Son. p. 201.
  4. "Alumni oxonienses: the members of the University of Oxford, 1715-1886, vol.3".
  5. "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Leicester". Retrieved 6 April 2009.
  6. 1 2 "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Tipperary". Retrieved 6 April 2009.
  7. Burke, Bernard (1912). Genealogical and Heraldic history of the landed families of Ireland.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Mansfield
Thomas Pares
Member of Parliament for Leicester
1826 1830
With: Sir Charles Abney-Hastings
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Abney-Hastings
William Evans
Preceded by
Thomas Wyse
John Hely Hutchinson
Member of Parliament for Tipperary
August 1832 December 1832
With: John Hely Hutchinson
Succeeded by
Cornelius O'Callaghan
Richard Lalor Sheil
Preceded by
Cornelius O'Callaghan
Richard Lalor Sheil
Member of Parliament for Tipperary
1835 1844
With: Richard Lalor Sheil 1835–1841
Valentine Maher 1841–1844
Nicholas Maher 1844
Succeeded by
Nicholas Maher
Richard Albert Fitzgerald

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