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Richard Walter Hely Hutchinson 6th Earl of Donoughmore 1875 – 1948

October 23, 2009

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Donoughmore by Walter StonemanRichard Walter Hely Hutchinson 6th Earl of Donoughmore (Donaghmore) (1875-1948) ‘… *was an Earl in the Peerage of Ireland who sat in the House of Lords as Viscount Hutchinson in the Peerage of the United Kingdom*…’

Earl Donoughmore was an advocate (Anon, The North American Journal of Homeopathy, Volume 57, (American Medical Union, 1909). Page 402) and Patron (Anon, The New England Medical Gazette, Volume 44, (1909). Page 143) of homeopathy, and the Chair (Mazzini Stuart (son of Peter Stuart), The Life of Peter Stuart: The “Ditton doctor”*,__ *(For family circulation 2nd edition, published by Books Limited, 187 Fleet Street London EC4 (Clifford’s Inn Passage), and by Liverpool and Prescot 1921)) of London Homeopathic Hospital meeting to inaugurate the homeopathic museum adjoining London Homeopathic Hospital. Hahnemann House was set up by Mazzini Stuart and Orsini Stuart, the sons of Peter Stuart.

Earl Donoghmore was a patron of homeopathy (Peter Morrell, British homeopathy during two centuries. (Staffordshire University, 1999)), launching in 1909, a National Homeopathic Fund of £50,000 alongside Robert Henryson Caird, Hugh Frederick Vaughan Campbell 4th Earl Cawdor, the Earl of Donoughmore, the Earl of Dysart, Robert Grosvenor 1st Baron Ebury, Sir John Knill, Robert William Perks, John Pakenham Stilwell, and George Wyatt Truscott, which successully raised enough money to renovate (Anon The New York Times, 7.3.1909, To Raise Homeopathic Fund: Lord Mayor of London causes sprprise by lending his aid) the London Homeopathic Hospital.

Earl Donoughmore was also a friend of Francis Wyatt Truscott,

 From,_6th_Earl_of_Donoughmore Donoughmore attended Eton College. On December 21, 1901, he married Elena Maria Grace, daughter of Michael P Grace. She died on February 22, 1944.From 1903 to 1905 he was Under-Secretary of State for War in the Unionist Government 1895-1905. From 1911 he was Lord Chairman of Committees of the House of Lords. In 1916 he was part of the Mesopotamia Commission of Inquiry.

In 1921 he was elected one of the fifteen Peers of the Realm resident in the South (elected by a constituency of all Southern Ireland peers) to be a member of the Senate of Southern Ireland under the Government of Ireland Act 1920.The Senate convened in 1921 but was boycotted by Irish nationalists. Donoughmore did not attend its first meeting.

In 1929 he chaired the Committee on Ministers’ Powers following Viscount Hewart’s controversial book, The New Despotism, in which Viscount Hewart claimed that the rule of law in Britain was being undermined by the legislature. The book was very controversial and led to the Committee. The Report rejected Viscount Hewart’s arguments.


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