Gore, John, Baron Annaly 1718-1784, Irish judge, born on 2 March 1718, was the eldest surviving son of George Gore (d. 1753), fourth son of Sir Arthur Gore, bart., of Newtown Gore, co. Leitrim, and one of the judges of the court of common pleas in Ireland, by Bridget, daughter and heiress of John Sankey of Tenelick, co. Longford. He was educated at the university of Dublin (Bachelor of Arts 1737, M.A. 1742). After practising with success as a junior for some years he was appointed king's counsel and counsel to the commissioners of the revenue. In 1745 he became M.P. for Jamestown, co. Leitrim, solicitor-general on 31 July 1760, and chief justice of the king's bench on 24 Aug. 1764, being sworn also of the privy council. On 17 Jan. 1766 he was made an Irish peer by the title of Baron Annaly of Tenelick, and took his seat in the House of Lords on the 27th. In the following February letters patent were passed authorising him to act as speaker of the upper house in the absence of the lord chancellor. He died on 3 April 1784. By his marriage, on 26 Nov. 1747, to Frances, second daughter of Richard, viscount Powerscourt, he had no issue.

     Lodge's Peerage of Ireland (Archdall), iii. 111-12, v. 1
     C. J. Smyth's Law Officers of Ireland, pp. 95, 179
     Notes and Queries, 2nd ser. viii. 211
     Cat. of Dublin Graduates, 1591-1868, p. 227.

Contributor: G. G. [Gordon Goodwin]

Published: 1890