Anthony Babington (politician)

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For the 16th century MP, see Anthony Babington (died 1536).
The Right Honourable Sir
Anthony Babington
Attorney General for Northern Ireland
In office
5 November 1925 – 3 December 1937
Preceded by Richard Best
Succeeded by Edward Murphy
Member of Parliament
for Belfast Cromac
In office
Preceded by New constituency
Succeeded by Maynard Sinclair
Member of Parliament
for South Belfast
In office
Preceded by Philip James Woods
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Personal details
Born Anthony Brutus Babington
(1877-11-24)24 November 1877
Died 10 April 1972(1972-04-10) (aged 94)
Political party Ulster Unionist Party
Alma mater Trinity College, Dublin
Religion Church of Ireland

Sir Anthony Brutus Babington PC(NI) KC (24 November 1877 – 10 April 1972) was an Anglo-Irish barrister, judge and politician.

Born in 1877 to Hume Babington JP, the son of Rev. Hume Babington and a landowner in County Londonderry who inherited the family estate Creevagh House,[1][2] and Hester Watt. He was educated at Glenalmond School, Perthshire and Trinity College, Dublin.

Babington was born into the Anglo-Irish Babington family that had resettled in Ireland after the execution of Anthony Babington for his participation in the Babington Plot. Notable relations include Anthony Babington, William Babington, Benjamin Guy Babington, James Melville Babington, Zachary Babington, the Couper Baronets and the Marquesses of Tweeddale.

He was called to the Irish Bar in 1900 and took silk in 1918. In 1925, he was elected to the House of Commons of Northern Ireland as Unionist member for South Belfast, and then for Belfast, Cromac in 1929 until he resigned upon appointment as a Lord Justice of Appeal in 1937. He was a proponent of renaming Northern Ireland as "Ulster".[3]

He served as Attorney General for Northern Ireland from 1925–1937, and was appointed to the Privy Council of Northern Ireland in 1926, entitling him to the style "The Right Honourable". He was knighted in the 1937 Coronation Honours. He retired from the judiciary in 1949. He was also a member of The Apprentice Boys of Derry Parent Club in Londonderry. From 1926 to 1952, Sir Anthony was a member of the board of governors of the Belfast Royal Academy. He served as warden (chairman) of the board from 1941-43. Through his efforts the school acquired the Castle Grounds from Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 9th Earl of Shaftesbury in 1934.[4]

Babington was a keen golfer. He was an international golfer from 1903 to 1913 where he achieved many awards and accolades, and his wife, Lady Babington, was at the forefront of ladies' golf in Ireland.[5]


  1. ^ Dictionary of Irish architects
  2. ^ Landowners in Co. Londonderry
  3. ^ The Irish Times, 20 November 1937 reporting on a speech given by the Attorney General on Monday, 15 November 1937.
  4. ^ History of Belfast Castle
  5. ^ Lord Justice Babington Biography


Parliament of Northern Ireland
Preceded by
Philip James Woods
Member of Parliament for South Belfast
1925 - 1929
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
New constituency
Member of Parliament for Belfast, Cromac
1929 - 1937
Succeeded by
Maynard Sinclair
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Best
Attorney General for Northern Ireland
1925 - 1937
Succeeded by
Edward Sullivan Murphy