John Ormsby-Gore, 1st Baron Harlech

John Ralph Ormsby-Gore, 1st Baron Harlech (3 June 1816 – 15 June 1876), was a British peer and Conservative Member of Parliament.


Lord Harlech was the eldest son of William Ormsby-Gore, an Anglo-Irish aristocrat, and Mary Jane Ormsby. He was elected to the House of Commons for Carnarvonshire in 1837, a seat he held until 1841, and later represented North Shropshire from 1859 to 1876.

On 14 January 1876 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Harlech, of Harlech in the County of Merioneth, with remainder to his brother William in the absence of male heirs.[1][2]

Marriage and childrenEdit

Lord Harlech married Sarah, daughter of Sir John Tyssen Tyrrell, 2nd Baronet, on 4 June 1844. They had one child:[3]

Lord Harlech died on 15 June 1876, aged 60, having held the title for only five months. As he had no son, he was succeeded according to the special remainder by his brother William.

Lady Harlech died in 1898.

Coat of armsEdit

Coat of arms of John Ormsby-Gore, 1st Baron Harlech
Coat of arms of the Ormsby-Gore family
A coronet of a Baron
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 Fess between three Cross Crosslets fitchy 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
In Hoc Signo Vinces (Under this sign thou shalt conquer)


  1. ^ "No. 24283". The London Gazette. 11 January 1876. p. 99.
  2. ^ "No. 8652". The Edinburgh Gazette. 14 January 1876. p. 33.
  3. ^ "John Ralph Ormsby-Gore, 1st Baron Harlech". The Peerage. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,[page needed]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas Assheton Smith
Member of Parliament for Caernarvonshire
Succeeded by
Edward Douglas-Pennant
Preceded by
John Whitehall Dod
Hon. Rowland Hill
Member of Parliament for Shropshire North
With: Hon. Rowland Hill 1859–1865
Hon. Charles Cust 1865–1866
Hon. Adelbert Cust 1866–1867
Viscount Newport 1867–1876
Succeeded by
Viscount Newport
Stanley Leighton
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Harlech
Succeeded by
William Ormsby-Gore