Gore-Booth Family of Lissadell, Co. Sligo

Biography/History

The Gore-Booths descend from an Elizabethan soldier of fortune; Booth was annexed to the name in 1804. The family played a part in sponsoring assisted emigration from Ireland, the formation of the Co-operative Movement, improvements in agriculture and horticulture etc. The family seat, Lissadell, Co. Sligo, was built by Sir Robert Gore-Booth, 4th Bt, in 1830-35; it is still in family ownership at the start of the 21st century, and is open to the public.