Sir Robert Ferguson, 2nd Baronet

Sir Robert Alexander Ferguson, 1st Baronet (26 December 1795 –13 March 1860) was a Whig and then Liberal Party politician from Ireland.

Ferguson was born in Londonderry in 1796 as son of Sir Andrew Ferguson (1761–1808), a banker and mayor of Londonderry from 1796 to 1798, and Elizabeth, daughter of the Londonderry merchant Robert Alexander Esq., of Broomhall, Londonderry.[1] Ferguson succeeded to the baronetcy in July 1808, after his father was killed in accident on a bridge in Moville, County Donegal.[2] Ferguson was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge where he graduated MA in 1817. He was Colonel of the County Militia and Lord Lieutenant of County Londonderry from 1840 to 1860.[2] He lived at The Farm, County Londonderry.

Stained glass window in memory of Sir Robert Ferguson, installed in the south aisle of St Columb's Cathedral c. 1860[3]

He was appointed High Sheriff of Donegal in 1818 and High Sheriff of Tyrone in 1825 and then elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Londonderry City at the 1830 general election,[4] but his election was declared void.[4] A member of the United University club, he was re-elected at the resulting by-election[4] held on 2 April 1831, and held the seat until his death in 1860, at the age of 63,[4] when the baronetcy became extinct.[2] In 1859 he voted in favour of the Derby ministry's reform bill.


  1. Farrell, Stephen (2009). "FERGUSON, Sir Robert Alexander, 2nd bt. (1796-1860), of The Farm, nr. Londonderry, co. Londonderry". The History of Parliament. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 "Baronets: F, part 1". Leigh Rayment's baronetage pages. Retrieved 21 July 2010.
  3. Morton, William W., ed. (2001). St. Columb's Cathedral Londonderry Millennium Historical Guide. A. S. Bell Publishing. pp. 41–42.
  4. 1 2 3 4 Walker, Brian M., ed. (1978). Parliamentary election results in Ireland, 1801–1922. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. pp. 227, 295–296. ISBN 0-901714-12-7.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir George Fitzgerald Hill, Bt
Member of Parliament for Londonderry City
1830 – 1860
Succeeded by
William McCormick
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Lord Canning
Lord Lieutenant of County Londonderry
Succeeded by
Acheson Lyle
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Andrew Ferguson
of The Farm, Londonderry
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