Robert King, 2nd Earl of Kingston (1754 – 17 April 1799) was an Anglo-Irish peer. He was styled Viscount Kingsborough between 1768 and 1797.
|Earl of Kingston|
|Died||17 April 1799|
He was the eldest surviving son of Edward King, 1st Earl of Kingston and Jane Caulfeild. From 1767 to 1768 he was educated at Eton College. He sat in the Irish House of Commons as the Member of Parliament for Boyle from 1776 to 1783, and for Cork County between 1783 and 1797, and served as a Governor of County Cork in 1789. In 1797 he succeeded to his father's titles and assumed his seat in the Irish House of Lords. Between 1797 and his death he was Custos Rotulorum of Roscommon.
On 18 May 1798 he was tried by his peers in the Irish House of Lords after allegedly murdering his brother-in-law Colonel Henry Gerald FitzGerald. FitzGerald was a married man who eloped with King's daughter. With public sympathy on King's side and with considerable publicity he was tried by his peers. He was acquitted as after three summonses no witnesses came forward. After a short conferee the Lords Temporal returned to the House of Commons and delivered the verdict 'not guilty'. The Lord Chancellor pronounced the verdict, broke his wand and dismissed the assembly.
- Hon. John King (died young)
- Hon. Mary King (died young)
- George King, Viscount Kingsborough (28 April 1771 – 18 October 1839), succeeded to his father's titles and married Lady Helena Moore, daughter of Stephen Moore, 1st Earl Mountcashell
- Hon. Henry King (1772 – 26 November 1839), married Mary Hewitt
- Hon. Edward King (1772 – 14 February 1848)
- Lady Margaret King (1773 – 29 January 1835), married Stephen Moore, 2nd Earl Mountcashell
- Hon. Robert King (12 August 1773 – 20 November 1854), raised to the peerage as Viscount Lorton, married Lady Frances Parsons, daughter of Laurence Parsons, 1st Earl of Rosse
- Hon. Richard FitzGerald King (8 April 1779 – 22 September 1856), married Williamina Ross
- Lady Jane Diana King (1780 - 9 April 1838), married 1st Count Wintzingerode (1778-1856), foreign minister of the king of Württemberg; 2nd General John de Ricci.
A Naval Biographical Dictionary (1849) by William Richard O'Byrne states that Robert King had a sixth son, James William, who became a rear-admiral in 1846. He married Caroline Cleaver, daughter of the Archbishop of Dublin; one of their daughters was the prominent evangelist Catherine King Pennefather.
- E. M. Johnston-Liik, MPs in Dublin: Companion to History of the Irish Parliament, 1692-1800 (Ulster Historical Foundation, 2006), p.100 (Retrieved 6 October 2016).
- Lyall, Andrew (1993). "The Irish House of Lords as a Judicial Body, 1783-1800". Irish Jurist. 28: 314–360. JSTOR 44026395.
- Johnston-Liik, Mary Edith (2002). history of the Irish Parliament 1692-1800 Volume I. Belfast: Ulster Historical Foundation. p. 328. ISBN 190368871-X.
- O'Byrne, William R. (1849). . A Naval Biographical Dictionary. London: John Murray. p. 614.