Sir Ralph Gore, 4th Baronet

For others with this name, see Gore baronets.

Sir Ralph Gore, 4th Baronet (c. 1675 – 23 February 1733) was a Speaker of the Irish House of Commons. He is now chiefly remembered for building Belle Isle Castle.

The Gore Baronetcy, of Magherabegg in the County of Donegal, was created in the Baronetage of Ireland on 2 February 1622 for Paul Gore (shown also as 1st baronet of Manor Gore, the Anglicized version). Ralph was the eldest son of Sir William Gore, 3rd Baronet and his wife Hannah Hamilton, daughter and co-heiress of James Hamilton of Manorhamilton and niece of Gustavus Hamilton, 1st Viscount Boyne. Ralph inherited the estate of Manorhamilton from his mother.

He was appointed High Sheriff of Leitrim for 1710.[1]

The fourth Baronet served as Chancellor of the Irish Exchequer and as Speaker of the Irish House of Commons. He represented Donegal Borough in the Irish House of Commons from 1703 until 1713 and then Donegal County from 1713 until 1727. Subsequently he sat for Clogher until his death in 1733.


He married firstly Elizabeth Colville, daughter of Sir Robert Colville of Newtown, County Leitrim, and secondly, Elizabeth Ashe, daughter of St George Ashe, Bishop of Clogher and his wife (and distant cousin) Jane St George, daughter of Sir George St George of Dunmore, County Galway and Elizabeth Hannay. By his first wife he had two daughters. By his second wife he had seven children, including St George Gore-St George, who succeeded to the baronetcy, but died young without issue, and Ralph Gore, 1st Earl of Ross.

His grandfather had acquired Belle Island in Lough Erne: it was Ralph who built the castle, which was extended and improved by his son, the younger Ralph.

The present holder of the baronetcy lives in Australia.


  1. "Estate Record: Gore (Woodford)". NUI Galway. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
William Gore
William Conolly
Member of Parliament for Donegal Borough
With: Richard Jones
Succeeded by
George Macartney
Sir Arthur Gore, 2nd Bt
Preceded by
Frederick Hamilton
Gustavus Hamilton
Member of Parliament for Donegal County
With: Frederick Hamilton 1713–1716
Hon. Gustavus Hamilton 1716–1727
Succeeded by
Hon. Gustavus Hamilton
Alexander Montgomery
Preceded by
Richard St George
James Coghill
Member of Parliament for Clogher
With: Silvester Cross 1727–1731
Walter Carey 1731–1733
Succeeded by
Richard Vincent
Walter Carey
Political offices
Preceded by
William Conolly
Speaker of the Irish House of Commons
Succeeded by
Henry Boyle
Baronetage of Ireland
Preceded by
William Gore
(of Magherabegg)
Succeeded by
St George Gore-St George

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