George Ormsby-Gore, 3rd Baron Harlech

Last updated

George Ralph Charles Ormsby-Gore, 3rd Baron Harlech, KCB TD DL (21 January 1855 – 8 May 1938), was a British soldier and Conservative Member of Parliament. [1]


Background and education

Harlech was the son of William Richard Ormsby-Gore, 2nd Baron Harlech, and Lady Emily Charlotte Seymour, and was educated at Eton College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. [1] [2]

Military career

He served in the regular army as a lieutenant in the Coldstream Guards from 1875 to 1883. He later served in the Shropshire Yeomanry, becoming its commanding officer as lieutenant-colonel from 1902 to 1907, and was honorary colonel from 1908. He commanded the Welsh Guards at home during the First World War in 1915. [3] He was chairman of the Salop Territorial Army Association. [1]

Political career

He was elected to the House of Commons for Oswestry in a by-election in May 1901, [4] a seat he held until 1904 when he succeeded his father as third Baron Harlech and entered the House of Lords. [1]

Crown Appointments

Lord Harlech was a justice of the peace for both County Leitrim and Shropshire and High Sheriff of Leitrim for 1885. He was appointed to be a deputy lieutenant of Merionethshire in 1896 [5] and of Shropshire in 1897. [6]

Harlech also served as Lord Lieutenant of Leitrim from 1904 to 1922 and as Lord Lieutenant of Merionethshire from 1927 [7] to 1938, [8] as well as Constable of Harlech Castle from 1927 until his death.

Honours and decorations

Harlech was also awarded the Knight of the Order of St John of Jerusalem [ citation needed ] From 1926 to 1938 he was served as Provincial Grand Master of Freemasonry in Shropshire and was a member of the Lodge of St. Oswald (No. 1124), which is now also known as the Harlech Lodge of Perfection.[ citation needed ]


Coat of arms of George Ormsby-Gore, 3rd Baron Harlech
3rd Baron Harlech.png
Coat of arms of Baron Harlech, of the Ormsby-Gore family [1]
1st, an heraldic tiger rampant argent; 2nd, a dexter arm embowed in armour proper, holding in the hand a man’s leg also in armour, couped at the thigh.
Quarterly: 1st and 4th gules, a fesse between three cross-crosslets fitchee or, Gore ; 2nd and 3rd gules, a bend between six cross-crosslets or, Ormsby.
Dexter:an heraldic tiger argent, maned and tufted sable, ducally gorged or ; sinister, a lion or.
Latin: (In Hoc Signo Vinces ), Under this sign thou shalt conquer.

Personal life

Lord Harlech married Lady Margaret Ethel Gordon, daughter of Charles Gordon, 10th Marquess of Huntly, on 25 July 1881. They had one child : [1]

His family seats were Brogyntyn, Oswestry; Derrycarne, County Leitrim, Glyn, Merionethshire. [1]

Harlech died in May 1938, aged 83, and was succeeded in the barony by his son. Lady Harlech died in 1950. [14] The couple are buried in the parish churchyard of Selattyn near Oswestry. Their southern English home was Tetworth Hall at Ascot in Berkshire.[ citation needed ]

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Baron Harlech</span> Title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom

Baron Harlech, of Harlech in the County of Merioneth, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1876 for the Conservative politician John Ormsby-Gore, with remainder to his younger brother William. He had previously represented Carnarvon and North Shropshire in the House of Commons. Ormsby-Gore was the eldest son of William Ormsby-Gore, Member of Parliament for County Leitrim, Carnarvon and North Shropshire, and the great-great-great-grandson of William Gore, third and youngest son of Sir Arthur Gore, 1st Baronet, of Newtown, second son of Sir Paul Gore, 1st Baronet, of Magharabag, whose eldest son Paul was the grandfather of Arthur Gore, 1st Earl of Arran.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Baron Annaly</span> Barony in the Peerage of the United Kingdom

Baron Annaly is a title that has been created three times, twice in the Peerage of Ireland and once in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. Annaly is named after the ancient term for the general locale, which in turn was named after the original ancient king. The third creation is currently extant.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">James Gascoyne-Cecil, 4th Marquess of Salisbury</span> British politician

James Edward Hubert Gascoyne-Cecil, 4th Marquess of Salisbury,, known as Viscount Cranborne from 1868 to 1903, was a British statesman.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">David Ormsby-Gore, 5th Baron Harlech</span> 5th Baron Harlech, Member of Parliament and Ambassador to the United States

William David Ormsby-Gore, 5th Baron Harlech, known as David Ormsby-Gore until June 1961 and as Sir David Ormsby-Gore from then until February 1964, was a British diplomat and Conservative politician.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Charles Hardinge, 1st Baron Hardinge of Penshurst</span> British diplomat and Viceroy of India (1858–1944)

Charles Hardinge, 1st Baron Hardinge of Penshurst, was a British diplomat and statesman who served as Viceroy and Governor-General of India from 1910 to 1916.

William Richard Ormsby-Gore, 2nd Baron Harlech, was an Anglo-Irish peer and Member of Parliament.

Francis David Ormsby-Gore, 6th Baron Harlech, was a peer in the United Kingdom.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">William Ormsby-Gore, 4th Baron Harlech</span> British peer, politician and honorary military colonel

William George Arthur Ormsby-Gore, 4th Baron Harlech,, was a British Conservative politician and banker.

William Ormsby-Gore, known as William Gore until 1815, was a British Member of Parliament.

This is a list of people who served as Lord Lieutenant of Merionethshire. After 1762, all Lord Lieutenants were also Custos Rotulorum of Merionethshire. The office was abolished on 31 March 1974, and the area is now covered by the Lord Lieutenant of Gwynedd and Lord Lieutenant of Clwyd.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Roger Lumley, 11th Earl of Scarbrough</span>

Lawrence Roger Lumley, 11th Earl of Scarbrough, was a British Conservative politician and British Army general.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Hugh Fortescue, 5th Earl Fortescue</span> British soldier and politician (1888–1958)

Hugh William Fortescue, 5th Earl Fortescue,, styled Viscount Ebrington from 1905 until 1932, of Castle Hill in the parish of Filleigh, of Weare Giffard Hall, both in Devon and of Ebrington Manor in Gloucestershire, was a British peer, military officer, and Conservative politician.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Amelius Lockwood, 1st Baron Lambourne</span> British politician

Lieutenant-Colonel Amelius Richard Mark Lockwood, 1st Baron Lambourne, was a British soldier and politician.

John Ralph Ormsby-Gore, 1st Baron Harlech, was a British peer and Conservative Member of Parliament.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Lloyd Tyrell-Kenyon, 4th Baron Kenyon</span> British peer

Lloyd Tyrell-Kenyon, 4th Baron Kenyon, KCVO, TD, was a British peer and Conservative politician.

This article is about the particular significance of the year 1860 to Wales and its people.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Brogyntyn</span>

Brogyntyn, or Porkington, is a mansion in the parish of Selatyn to the north-west of Oswestry in Shropshire, England. Brogyntyn Hall was the home of the Ormsby-Gore family from 1815, and had previously been the estate of their ancestors the Maurices and Owens since the sixteenth century. It was abandoned and uninhabited from around 1985.

Francis Richard John Sandford, 1st Baron Sandford,, known as Sir Francis Sandford between 1863 and 1891, was a British civil servant. He was Permanent Under-Secretary of State for the Committee of Council on Education between 1870 and 1884, in which role he was instrumental in implementing the Elementary Education Act of 1870.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">George Askwith, 1st Baron Askwith</span>

George Ranken Askwith, 1st Baron Askwith, KCB, KC, known as Sir George Askwith between 1911 and 1919, was an English lawyer, civil servant and industrial arbitrator.

Major-General The Honourable Sir Frederick Gordon, was a senior British Army officer, who additionally served as a major general in the early Royal Air Force.


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 (Hesilrige 1921)
  2. Mate, Charles H. (1907). Shropshire, Historical, Descriptive, Biographical. Part II – Biographical. Mate. p. 16.
  3. 1 2 Kelly's Handbook of Distinguished People 1938. Kelly. 1923. p.  877.
  4. "No. 27319". The London Gazette . 31 May 1901. p. 3697.
  5. "No. 26722". The London Gazette . 17 March 1896. p. 1747.
  6. "No. 26859". The London Gazette . 4 June 1897. p. 3131.
  7. "No. 33251". The London Gazette . 25 February 1927. p. 1252.
  8. "No. 34526". The London Gazette . 28 June 1938. p. 4169.
  9. "No. 28412". The London Gazette . 2 September 1910. p. 6336.
  10. "No. 32830". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 June 1923. p. 3945.
  11. "No. 13924". The Edinburgh Gazette . 5 June 1923. p. 799.
  12. "No. 34238". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1935. p. 3.
  13. "No. 15241". The Edinburgh Gazette . 7 January 1936. p. 15.
  14. "Ralph Ormsby-Gore, 3rd Baron Harlech".

Work cited

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Oswestry
Succeeded by
Honorary titles
Preceded by Lord Lieutenant of Leitrim
Office abolished
Preceded by
Arthur Williams
Lord Lieutenant of Merionethshire
Succeeded by
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Baron Harlech
Succeeded by