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The Earl of Buckinghamshire 

In office
17 March 1801 – 12 May 1804
Monarch George III
Prime Minister Henry Addington
Preceded by New office
Succeeded by The Earl Camden

Born 6 May 1760 (1760-05-06)
Died 4 February 1816 (1816-02-05)
Hamilton Place, London
Nationality British
Political party Tory
Spouse(s) (1) Margaretta Bourke
(d. 1796)
(2) Hon. Eleanor Eden
Alma mater None

Robert Hobart, 4th Earl of Buckinghamshire PC (6 May 1760 – 4 February 1816), known as Lord Hobart from 1793 to 1804, was a British Tory politician of the late 18th and early 19th century.



Buckinghamshire was the son of George Hobart, 3rd Earl of Buckinghamshire and Albinia, daughter of Lord Vere Bertie, younger son of Robert Bertie, 1st Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven. He was educated at Westminster School, London.

Political career

Buckinghamshire was a Member of Parliament (MP) in the Irish House of Commons for Portarlington from 1784 to 1790 and thereafter for Armagh Borough from 1790 to 1797. He sat also in the British House of Commons for the rotten borough of Bramber in 1788, a seat he held until 1790, and then for Lincoln from 1790 to 1796. In 1793 he was invested a member of the Privy Council, and appointed Governor of Madras, in which post he remained until 1797. On his return to Britain in 1797 he was summoned to the House of Lords through a writ of acceleration in his father’s junior title of Baron Hobart. He later served as Secretary of State for War and the Colonies from 1801 to 1804, as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in 1805 and again in 1812, as Postmaster General from 1806 to 1807 and as President of the Board of Control from 1812 to 1816.


Lord Buckinghamshire married firstly Margaretta, daughter of Edmund Bourke, in 1792. They had one son (who died in infancy) and a daughter, Lady Sarah, who married Prime Minister Lord Goderich and was the mother of George Robinson, 1st Marquess of Ripon. After Margaretta's death in 1796 he married secondly the Hon. Eleanor Agmes, daughter of William Eden, 1st Baron Auckland, in 1799. There were no children from this marriage. Lord Buckinghamshire died in February 1816 at the age of 55, after a fall from his horse. He was succeeded in the earldom by his nephew, George. Lady Buckinghamshire died in October 1851, aged 74. Hobart, capital of Tasmania, is named after Lord Buckinghamshire.


Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
John Scott
Thomas Kelly
Member of Parliament for Portarlington
1784 – 1790
With: Sir Boyle Roche, 1st Bt
Succeeded by
Richard Cavendish
William Browne
Preceded by
George Rawson
Henry Duquery
Member of Parliament for Armagh Borough
1790 – 1797
With: George Rawson 1790–1796
Sackville Hamilton 1796–1797
Succeeded by
Sackville Hamilton
Hon. Thomas Pelham
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir Henry Gough-Calthorpe, Bt
Daniel Pulteney
Member of Parliament for Bramber
1788 – 1790
With: Sir Henry Gough-Calthorpe, Bt
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Gough-Calthorpe, Bt
Thomas Coxhead
Preceded by
John Fenton-Cawthorne
Richard Lumley-Saunderson
Member of Parliament for Lincoln
With: John Fenton-Cawthorne 1790–1796
George Rawdon 1796
Succeeded by
George Rawdon
Richard Ellison
Political offices
Preceded by
Alleyne FitzHerbert
Chief Secretary for Ireland
1789 – 1793
Succeeded by
Sylvester Douglas
Preceded by
Henry Dundas
as Secretary of State for War
Secretary of State for War and the Colonies
1801 – 1804
Succeeded by
The Earl Camden
Preceded by
The Lord Mulgrave
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Succeeded by
The Lord Harrowby
Preceded by
Spencer Perceval
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Succeeded by
Charles Bathurst
Preceded by
The Viscount Melville
President of the Board of Control
1812 – 1816
Succeeded by
George Canning
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
George Hobart
Earl of Buckinghamshire
1804 – 1816
Succeeded by
George Hobart-Hampden
Baron Hobart
(writ of acceleration)

1797 – 1816


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