(1810-1854), naval officer and diplomatist, was born in Saunders
Court, near the town of Crossabeg in Artramon parish, County
Wexford, the fourth son of Colonel William J. Gore (1767-1836)
and Caroline Pym-Hale (d.1853). Robert Gore's brother was the
fourth Earl of Arran, Philip Yorke Gore (1801-1884). The family
lived in a ten-bedroom house with an estate covering eighty
acres of land.
September 1823 Robert Gore entered the Royal Navy and in
1832 was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. From 1832 to
1834 Gore sailed in the Melville and the
Andromache under Admiral Henry Ducie Chads. Robert Gore
saw action in combat with Malay pirates, and for this reason
on 15 July 1837 he was presented with a sword by grateful
British merchants and agents in Bombay. On 9 May 1839 Gore
was promoted to commander and was put in charge of the
Serpent at the West India station. He became MP for New
Ross, County Wexford. The MP declared himself to be 'a
cordial supporter of the Melbourne ministry, the only
government that ever endeavored to do justice to Ireland'.
Gore was an 'advocate for free trade and abolition of
monopolies'. He insisted that 'Ireland should be placed on
an equal footing with England and Scotland' (Stenton 1976).
Robert Gore returned home to Ireland in 1841. On 23 October
1846 he was appointed chargé d'affaires at Montevideo,
Uruguay. His most important intervention in the River Plate
was in March 1848, when he successfully put an end to the
Buenos Aires blockade that had been implemented by British
and French forces since 1845. On 29 August 1851 Gore was
appointed British consul at Buenos Aires.
is remembered in the River Plate for saving the life of Buenos
Aires governor and totalitarian Argentine leader Juan Manuel de
Rosas after the Battle of Caseros, and for facilitating his
subsequent exile in Southampton, England. When he arrived home
on the afternoon of 4 February 1852, Gore found Rosas sleeping
in his bed. He spoke to Admiral Henderson, who consented to
accommodate Rosas on the Locust. Rosas' daughter
Manuelita disguised herself as a sailor, and on the night of 8
February 1852 the family fled Buenos Aires. British merchants in
Buenos Aires, who had a poor relationship with the consul,
accused Gore of the receipt of a sum of money in return for
aiding Rosas. After the fall of Rosas, in January 1853, Robert
Gore was expelled from Buenos Aires when he alleged that arms
and ammunitions were being distributed among British subjects.
He returned to Montevideo.
from Uruguay, Robert Gore met with General Justo José de Urquiza
in Entre Ríos province, who told him of his plans to develop
Argentina, to open its rivers to the commerce of all nations,
and to attract 'Saxon', that is, English-speaking, immigrants.
In the conflict between Buenos Aires and the Argentine
Confederation that ensued after the Battle of Caseros, Gore was
perceived as a friend of the provinces. Robert Gore died on 4
August 1854 in Montevideo.
and Andrés Cisneros (ed.), Historia
de las Relaciones Exteriores
(www.argentina-rree.com), accessed 22 October 2004.
- Stenton, Michael,
Who's Who Of British Members Of Parliament, A
Biographical Dictionary Of The House Of Commons
(Hassocks: The Harvestry Press, 1976), Vol. 1, 1832-1885,
- Alfred, Count
D'Orsay, pencil and chalk, circa 1832-1848,
Gallery (London), NPG 4026(31).