Charles Barrie, 1st Baron Abertay

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Charles Barrie

Charles Coupar Barrie, 1st Baron Abertay KBE JP DL (1875 – 6 December 1940) was a businessman and Liberal Party and later Liberal National politician in the United Kingdom.

Background and education[edit]

The eldest son of Sir Charles Barrie, he was educated at the High School of Dundee and Blairlodge School, Polmont.

Political career[edit]

Barrie served during the First World War in an advisory capacity at the Transport Department of the Admiralty, and latterly in the Ministry of Shipping. He was the Minister of Munitions representative in Paris during the Peace Conference, and was a Member of the Supreme Economic Council. He also served as Chairman of the Navy, Army, and Air Force Institutes and as a Member of the Advisory Council to the General Post Office. He was Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for Elgin Burghs briefly during 1918, for Banffshire from 1918–1924 and later sat for Southampton from 1931-1940 as a Liberal National.

Barrie was appointed a CBE in 1918 and a KBE in 1921. In June 1940 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Abertay, of Tullybelton in the County of Perth,[1] which title became extinct on his death in December that year. He also held the Russian Order of St Stanislaus and the Danish Order of the Dannebrog.

Business career[edit]

Barrie was also a shipowner and merchant, and held a number of business appointments including as a Director of the London and North Eastern Railway, of the Central Argentine Railway, of the Mercantile Bank of India, of Phoenix Assurance Company, and of Cable and Wireless Ltd.


  1. ^ "no. 34884". The London Gazette. 28 June 1940. p. 3941. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Sutherland
Member of Parliament for Elgin Burghs
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Walter Waring
Member of Parliament for Banffshire
Succeeded by
William Paterson Templeton
Preceded by
Ralph Morley
Tommy Lewis
Member of Parliament for Southampton
With: William Craven-Ellis
Succeeded by
William Craven-Ellis
John Reith