Berwick was the son of the Rev. Edward Berwick, a Church of Ireland clergyman who was rector of the parish of Esker, County Dublin. Given personal tuition by Dionysius Lardner, he lived with Lardner at Bray and later in Gardiner St. and gave evidence in the Lardner divorce case. Educated at Trinity College Dublin, he graduated in law and was called to the Irish Bar in 1832. On the foundation of Queen's College Galway in 1845, Berwick was appointed to the office of Vice-President. The president, Joseph W. Kirwan, died in office in December 1849, and Berwick was appointed to succeed him in 1850.
Berwick died in office in 1877.
He was the brother of Walter Berwick, a judge who was killed in the Abergale railway accident; Edward is mentioned in a letter from Walter to Lardner in 1828. Edward gave evidence at the accident inquest (see The Times, Thursday, Aug 27, 1868; pg. 7; Issue 26214; col D The Accident To The Irish Mail Train.)
- 'A reconventional matter on the part and behalf of Cecilia Lardner otherwise Flood the lawful wife of the Reverend Dionysius Lardner clark in a certain pretended cause or business of divorce'…[appendix in: 26 March 259 Reverend Dionysius Lardner, leave for a Divorce Bill, annexed, Act of the same (Lords Journals Lxxi, p166) Parliametery archives HL/PO/JO/10/8/1269]
- Walter Berwick, 9 Lower Fitzwilliam Street 14 December 1828 to Dionysius Lardner, Wellcome Ms. 5490/27
- Thom's Directory of Ireland. Dublin. 1850. p. 259.
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