Maziere Brady

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Sir Maziere Brady, 1st Baronet PC (20 July 1796 – 13 April 1871) was an Irish judge, notable for his exceptionally long tenure as Lord Chancellor of Ireland.

Brady was born in Dublin, the second son of Francis Brady of Booterstown and his wife Charlotte Hodgson of Castledawson. He was the brother of Sir Nicholas Brady, Lord Mayor of Dublin, and uncle of the ecclesiastical historian William Maziere Brady. Educated at the University of Dublin, he was called to the Bar in 1819 and became King's Counsel in 1835.

In politics he was a Liberal and supported Catholic Emancipation. He was appointed Solicitor-General for Ireland in 1837 and Attorney-General for Ireland the following year. In 1840 he was appointed Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer in Ireland. In 1846 he was appointed Lord Chancellor of Ireland and served in that office, with short intervals for 20 years. He retired in 1866 and was made a baronet, of Hazelbrook in the County of Dublin, in 1869. His appointment ended the practice which grew up after the Act of Union (1800) of appointing only English lawyers as Chancellor. He sat on the Government Commission on Trinity College Dublin in 1851.

According to Elrington Ball, Brady's Lord Chancellorship was notable for length but nothing else; by general agreement he was an excellent Chief Baron, but the more onerous and largely political office of Chancellor was beyond his capacity; unlike some judges whose training was in the common law, he never mastered the separate code of equity. [1] Delaney takes a somewhat more favourable view of Brady as a judge, arguing that while his judgements do not show any depth of learning they do show an ability to identify the central issue of any case and the applicable legal principle. [2]An anonymous pamphlet from 1850, highly critical of the Irish judges generally, described Brady as unable to keep order in his Court, and easily intimidated by counsel.

He was a founder member of the Stephen's Green Club and a member of the Royal Dublin Society and the Royal Irish Academy.

Brady married Elizabeth Buchanan in 1823 and they had five children, including Francis who succeeded to the title and followed his father to the Bar. Elizabeth died in 1858; in 1860 Brady remarried Mary Hatchell.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ball, F. Elrington The Judges in Ireland 1221-1921, John Murray, London, 1926.
  2. ^ Delaney, V.T.H. Christopher Palles Alan Figgis and Co. Dublin 1960
Legal offices
Preceded by
Stephen Woulfe
Solicitor-General for Ireland
1837–1839
Succeeded by
David Richard Pigot
Preceded by
Nicholas Ball
Attorney-General for Ireland
1839–1840
Succeeded by
David Richard Pigot
Preceded by
Stephen Woulfe
Chief Baron of the Irish Exchequer
1840–1846
Succeeded by
David Richard Pigot
Preceded by
Sir Edward Sugden
Lord Chancellor of Ireland
1846–1852
Succeeded by
Francis Blackburne
Preceded by
Francis Blackburne
Lord Chancellor of Ireland
1853–1858
Succeeded by
Sir Joseph Napier
Preceded by
Sir Joseph Napier
Lord Chancellor of Ireland
1859–1866
Succeeded by
Francis Blackburne
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Hazelbrook)
1869–1871
Succeeded by
Francis William Brady