Thomas Agar-Robartes, 6th Viscount Clifden

The Right Honourable
The Viscount Clifden

Lord Clifden by Walter William Ouless, 1887.
Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire
In office
Monarch Edward VII
George V
Preceded by Alexander Peckover
Succeeded by Charles Adeane
Personal details
Born 1 January 1844
Grosvenor Place, London
Died 19 July 1930
Nationality British
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Mary Dickenson
(died 1921)
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford

Thomas Charles Agar-Robartes, 6th Viscount Clifden (1 January 1844 – 19 July 1930), styled The Honourable Thomas Agar-Robartes between 1869 and 1882 and known as The Lord Robartes from 1882 to 1899, was a British landowner and Liberal politician.

Background and education

Agar-Robartes was born at Grosvenor Place, London, the son of Thomas Agar-Robartes, 1st Baron Robartes,[1] and Juliana Pole-Carew, daughter of Reginald Pole-Carew, of East Antony, Cornwall.[2] He was educated at Harrow and Christ Church, Oxford, and was called to the Bar, Middle Temple, in 1870.[1]

Public life

In 1880 Agar-Robartes was returned to Parliament as one of two representatives for Cornwall East, a seat he held until 1882, when he succeeded his father in the barony and entered the House of Lords.[1][3] On 10 September 1899 he also succeeded his kinsman as sixth Viscount Clifden. He later served as Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire from 1906 to 1915.[1]


Lord Clifden married Mary Dickenson, daughter of Francis Henry Dickenson, of Kingweston House, Somerset, in 1878. They had ten children, of whom one died in infancy. Their eldest son the Honourable Thomas Agar-Robartes was also a Liberal politician but was killed in the First World War. Lady Clifden died in January 1921. Lord Clifden survived her by nine years and died in July 1930, aged 86. He was buried at Lanhydrock House, Cornwall. He was succeeded in his titles by his second but eldest surviving son Francis.[1]


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Colman Rashleigh, Bt
John Tremayne
Member of Parliament for Cornwall East
With: William Copeland Borlase
Succeeded by
William Copeland Borlase
Charles Dyke Acland
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Alexander Peckover
Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire
Succeeded by
Charles Adeane
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Leopold George Frederick Agar-Ellis
Viscount Clifden
Succeeded by
Francis Gerald Agar-Robartes
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas James Agar-Robartes
Baron Robartes
Succeeded by
Francis Gerald Agar-Robartes

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