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Sir Stephen Edward De Vere, 4th Baronet (26 July 1812 – 10 November 1904)[1] was an Irish Member of Parliament in the nineteenth century, elder brother to the poet Aubrey Thomas de Vere.

In 1847, he took passage in such one of the infamous "coffin ships" that transported Irish emigrants to the New World, wanting to see for himself the horrendous conditions that were leading to the deaths of so many of these passengers. He composed a withering report on his voyage now known as The Elgin-Grey Papers. When Colonial Secretary Earl Grey read this report, he forwarded it to Lord Elgin, Governor-General of Upper Canada and Lower Canada in the hope that these inhumane conditions could be improved.[2]

De Vere became a Roman Catholic in 1848, and defended the recreation of the English Catholic hierarchy in 1851. He was a Liberal Party MP for Limerick County from 1854 to 1859.[1] In 1880, he succeeded his brother Vere as 4th baronet De Vere. The baronetcy became extinct at his death.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "House of Commons Constituencies, L (part 3)". Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  2. Moving Here, Staying Here: The Canadian Immigrant Experience at Library and Archives Canada
  3. Elizabeth Lee, ‘Vere, Sir Stephen Edward De, fourth baronet (1812–1904)’, rev. M. C. Curthoys, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Wyndham Goold
Member of Parliament for Limerick County
Succeeded by
Samuel Auchmuty Dickson
Baronetage of Ireland
Preceded by
Vere Edmond de Vere
of Curragh, Limerick
Succeeded by


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