- Nato: 1853
- Deceduto: Pri 1882
Articolo apparso su 'The Illustrated Police News' il 2 febbraio 1867
'The following romance of the aristocracy appears in one of the Dublin papers: - One of those cases which have afforded Sir Barnard [sic] Burke material for some of his deeply interesting works, in which the vicissitudes of noble houses are set forth, has recently been brought to light by certain proceedings in Capel-street Police-office. On the 19th of October [presumably 1866] a young lad, aged about 16, was brought up before Mr. J.C. O'Donel, charged with having stolen from Mr. Alfred Nelson, photographer, a mahogany glass-case containing a number of photographs. The prisoner, who gave his name as Emanuel Moore, had been employed by Mr. Nelson as a porter, and while in his employment had taken away the articles and sold them. So far there is nothing more in the case that what occurs in the daily record of crime in all our police-offices; but subsequent inquiries led to a revelation at once strange and painful, if young Moore's statements be true. As an explanation of his committing the offence he stated that his father, who is an Irish baronet of one of the oldest creations, had been reduced to a condition of such abject poverty as to be now under the necessity of selling matches in the streets of Dublin to obtain a wretched subsistence, and that he had sold the articles which he had stolen to furnish them with some of the ordinary necessities of life. The criminal - if such he can be called - was, in accordance with the law which he had violated, not the less that the doing so was an act of filial duty, sentenced to two months' imprisonment, which he is now undergoing. The mother of the unfortunate lad was sister to an Irishman who for many years sat in Parliament for an English seat, and who at one time was a great popular leader of the English working classes. We understand that an effort isbeing made to obtain a commutation of young Moore's sentence, and to provide for his father and himself some employment which will release them from actual pauperism.'
Based on the facts contained in the above report, Sir Richard Emanuel Moore is the only possible candidate for the match-selling baronet. This is confirmed by the fact that he did have a son, Emanuel, who was born in 1853 and who died before his father. As to the boy's mother, she was the 10th baronet's second wife, Margaret Matilda O'Connor. The brother referred to as being in Parliament must therefore have been Feargus Edward O'Connor, MP for co.Cork 1832-1835 and Nottingham 1847-1852. He was a leading figure in the Chartist movement during the 1830s and 1840s.
The baronetcy became either extinct or dormant in 1926; more likely the latter, since the entry under this baronetcy in Dod's Peerage for 1916 contains a note stating that the heir to the baronetcy would be the eldest male descendant of Charles, son of the 9th baronet, who died in the United States, leaving several sons. 1