Charles Robert Barry

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Lord Justice Barry as depicted by Liborio Prosperi in Vanity Fair, 21 December 1889

Charles Robert Barry QC, PC (3 January 1823[1] – 15 May 1897) was an Irish lawyer who rose to become a Lord Justice of Appeal for Ireland.

Legal and judicial career[edit]

He was born in Limerick, son of James Barry, solicitor. He was educated at the University of Dublin and admitted to Lincoln's Inn.[2]

Barry was admitted to the Irish Bar in 1848 and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1859. He was Member of Parliament for Dungarvan from 1865 to 1868, He was appointed Law Adviser to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in 1865, and was made Third Serjeant-at-law (Ireland) in 1866. He served as Solicitor-General for Ireland from 1868 to 1870, and as such prosecuted the Fenians in 1868. From 1870 to 1872 he was Attorney-General for Ireland.[3] In 1872 Barry was appointed a Justice of the Queen's Bench and from 1883 to 1897 served as Lord Justice of the Irish Court of Appeal.[4] Elrington Ball attributed his rise not only to his extraordinary legal ability, but also his immense personal popularity.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Barry married Kate, daughter of David and Catherine Fitzgerald of Dublin and sister of John David Fitzgerald, who became MP for Ennis and also a Justice of the Queen's Bench and later a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. Her sister Emily married Denis Caulfield Heron, who like Barry was both Law Adviser and Serjeant-at-law.[6]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Ball, F. Elrington The Judges in Ireland 1221-1921 John Murray London 1926 Vol. 2 p.369
  3. ^ Ball p.369
  4. ^ Ball p.369
  5. ^ Ball p.305
  6. ^ Professor Liam O'Malley, School of Law, National University of Ireland, Law Archived 9 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine., pages 39, 45


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Francis Maguire
Member of Parliament for Dungarvan
Succeeded by
Henry Matthews
Legal offices
Preceded by
Henry Ormsby
Solicitor-General for Ireland
Succeeded by
Richard Dowse
Preceded by
Edward Sullivan
Attorney-General for Ireland
Succeeded by
Richard Dowse