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Robert Hobart, 4th Earl of Buckinghamshire

The Right Honourable
The Earl of Buckinghamshire
Secretary of State for War and the Colonies
In office
17 March 1801 – 12 May 1804
Monarch George III
Prime Minister Henry Addington
Preceded by New office
Succeeded by The Earl Camden
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
In office
23 June – 23 August 1812
Monarch George III
Prime Minister The Earl of Liverpool
Preceded by Spencer Perceval
Succeeded by Charles Bathurst
Personal details
Born 6 May 1760 (1760-05-06)
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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), styled Lord Hobart from 1793 to 1804, was a British Tory politician of the late 18th and early 19th century.


Buckinghamshire was the son 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 1798 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. Hobart, capital of Tasmania, is named after Lord Buckinghamshire.

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