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John Hely-Hutchinson, 3rd Earl of Donoughmore

Lord Donoughmore to the left of the picture, with Sir Robert Thomas Wilson and Michael Bruce.

John Hely-Hutchinson, 3rd Earl of Donoughmore KP, PC (I) (1787 – 14 September 1851) was an Irish politician and peer.



Political careerEdit

He represented Tipperary in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom as a Whig. From 1832 he sat in the House of Lords, having succeeded to his uncle's peerages, specifically the Viscountcy of Hutchinson.

Treason trial in FranceEdit

As a captain of the 1st Foot Guards, he helped in the escape from prison of Napoleon's postmaster-general, Comte de Lavalette. He was put on trial in Paris, along with Robert Thomas Wilson and Michael Bruce, on charges of aiding in the count's escape from prison. The trial took place at the Cour d'assises from 22 April to 24 April 1816. All three men were convicted and sentenced to three months' imprisonment.[1]


He married to the Hon. Margaret Gardiner (daughter of Luke Gardiner, 1st Viscount Mountjoy) on 15 Jun 1822. They had two children:

  • Richard John Hely-Hutchinson, Viscount Suirdale, later 4th Earl of Donoughmore. (b.4 Apr 1823; d. 22 Feb 1866)
  • Margaret Hely-Hutchinson (d. young 1828)[2]

He married, secondly, Barbara Reynell, daughter of Lt. Col. William Reynell. They had four children:

  • Capt. Hon. John William Hely-Hutchinson (b. 1 Sep 1829; d. 16 Jul 1855: KIA Crimean War) mar. circa 1851 a commoner, Eliza Stratton, without his father's blessing, causing a separation from the family.[3]
  • Lady Kathleen Alicia Hely-Hutchinson (d. 22 Apr 1892), mar. 3 Dec 1863 D W Ramsay Carrick Buchanan, of Drumpellier and Corsewall (d. 4 May 1925)[3]
  • Lady Frances Margaret Hely-Hutchinson (d. 11 Apr 1866), mar. 22 Sep 1858 Lt Col Arthur Tremayne (d. 14 Nov 1905), and had issue[3]
  • Lady Jane Louisa Hely-Hutchinson (d. 29 Aug 1868)[3]


  1. ^ A Full Report of the Trial, (1816).
  2. ^ "Cracroft's Peerage - Home Page". Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Lodge, Edmund (1851). The peerage of the British empire as at present existing. London: Saunders and Otley.
Secondary source
  • A Full Report of the Trial, of Major-General Sir Robert Thomas Wilson, Michael Bruce, Esq. and Capt. John Hely Hutchinson before the court at Paris. London: Richard Edwards. 1816.

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