Patrick Needham, 5th Earl of Kilmorey

Francis Jack Richard Patrick Needham, 5th Earl of Kilmorey (4 October 1915 – 12 April 1977), known as Patrick Needham and after 1961 as Patrick Kilmorey, was an Irish peer.

The son of Major the Hon. Francis Edward Needham, in turn a younger son of the 3rd Earl of Kilmorey, and of Blanche Esther Combe, he succeeded to his uncle's titles in 1961. He did not inherit the Kilmorey estates on Mourne Park, near Kilkeel in Northern Ireland but instead inheriting contents to the value of the estate.[1] According to Sir Richard Needham (current Earl of Kilmorey, in his book "Battling For Peace Northern Ireland Longest Serving British Minister" (1999) ) the fifth Earl did not believe any of his own family would wish to live in Northern Ireland again. Lady Norah Kilmorey, his Aunt and widow of the 4th Earl, continued to live at Mourne Park until her death in 1985 when the Estate passed to other family members.[1]

On 28 April, he married Helen Bridget Faudel-Phillips, daughter of Sir Lionel Faudel-Phillips, 3rd Baronet. They had three sons, including his heir Richard Needham.


  1. ^ a b "Introduction Kilmorey Papers" (PDF). Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Retrieved 14 June 2013.

"Battling for Peace: Northern Ireland's Longest Serving British Minister" Sir Richard Needham KCMG (6th Earl of Kilmorey) 1999

Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Francis Needham
Earl of Kilmorey
Succeeded by
Richard Needham