James Brown Dougherty

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Sir James Brown Dougherty PC, KCB, KCVO (13 November 1844 – 3 January 1934),[1] was an Irish clergyman, academic, civil servant and politician.

Dougherty was born in Garvagh, County Londonderry, Ireland, to Archibald Dougherty, Esq., M.R.C.S., a surgeon, and Martha Dougherty (née Brown) of Garvagh. He was educated at Queen's College, Belfast, and at Queen's University, Belfast (B.A. 1864 & M.A., 1865).

In 1880, he married Mary Dougherty (née Donaldson) (d.1887), of The Park, Nottingham, with whom he had a son, John Gerald Dougherty (b. 1883). In 1888, he married Elizabeth Dougherty (née Todd), of Oaklands, Rathgar, Co. Dublin.[2]

Ordained a Presbyterian Minister, he was Professor of Logic and English at then-Presbyterian Magee College, Londonderry from 1879 to 1895. He served as Assistant Commissioner on the Educational Endowments Commission of Ireland (1885–92) and was Commissioner of Education from 1890 to 1895. In 1895, he was appointed Assistant Under-Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland (Lord Houghton) and became Under-Secretary for Ireland in 1908. He was appointed Clerk to H.M.'s Privy Council, and Deputy Keeper of the Privy Seal in 1895.[3] He became a Liberal MP for Londonderry City from 1914–18, succeeding fellow Liberal David Cleghorn Hogg. He was succeeded by Eoin MacNeill of Sinn Féin in the 1918 general election.


Companion of the Bath (Civil Division), 1900; Knight Bachelor, 1902, Companion of the Royal Victorian Order, 1903; Knight Commander of the Bath (Civil Division), 1910; Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, 1911.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Cleghorn Hogg
Member of Parliament for Londonderry City
Succeeded by
Eoin MacNeill