Open main menu

Robert King, 2nd Earl of Kingston (1754 – 17 April 1799) was an Anglo-Irish peer. He was styled Viscount Kingsborough between 1768 and 1797.


He was the 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.[1] 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 Colonel Henry Gerald FitzGerald, who'd been in a contentious relationship with his daughter. He was acquitted as no witnesses came forward. [2]


He married Caroline FitzGerald, daughter of Richard FitzGerald and Margaret King, on 5 December 1769. Together they had nine children:[citation needed]

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[3]; one of their daughters was the prominent evangelist Catherine King Pennefather.


  1. ^ 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).
  2. ^ Lyall, Andrew. "The Irish House of Lords as a Judicial Body, 1783-1800". Irish Jurist. 28: 314–360. JSTOR 44026395.
  3. ^ Wikisource,_James_William. Retrieved 8 August 2017. Missing or empty |title= (help)
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Richard Fitzgerald
Henry King
Member of Parliament for Boyle
With: Henry King
Succeeded by
Peter Metge
Henry King
Preceded by
Richard Townsend
James Bernard
Member of Parliament for Cork County
With: James Bernard (1783–1791)
Abraham Morris (1791–1797)
Viscount Boyle (1797)
Succeeded by
Robert Uniacke Fitzgerald
Viscount Boyle
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Edward King
Earl of Kingston
Succeeded by
George King