Edward Warburton Jones

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Sir Edward Warburton Jones PC(NI) PC QC (3 July 1912 – 18 March 1993), was a Northern Irish barrister, judge and politician.

Jones, son of a Resident Magistrate, was educated at Portora Royal School and Trinity College, Dublin. He was called to the Northern Ireland Bar in 1936, took silk in 1948, and was called to the English Bar (Middle Temple) in 1964. In 1951, he was elected to the House of Commons of Northern Ireland as Unionist member for Londonderry City, and was appointed as Attorney General for Northern Ireland in 1964, and to the Privy Council of Northern Ireland in 1965, entitling him to the style "The Right Honourable".[citation needed]

In 1968, he resigned from Parliament and from political office upon appointment as a judge of the High Court of Northern Ireland, and then as a Lord Justice of Appeal of Northern Ireland in 1973, when he was also knighted. In 1979 he was appointed to the Privy Council of the United Kingdom. He retired in 1984 and died in 1993.[citation needed]

He served as a Lay Member of the General Synod of the Church of Ireland and was Chancellor of the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe from 1945 to 1964 and of the Diocese of Connor from 1959 to 1964 and from 1978-81.


Jones died in 1993 at Craig-y-Mor, the large coastal mansion inherited through his wife's family, in Treaddur Bay, Isle of Anglesey; he died at Headbourne Worthy. Sir Edward had one son, Peter Warburton-Jones (d. 2001), also a barrister in England and, latterly, Northern Ireland.


  • Profile, election.demon.co.uk; accessed 9 May 2015.
Parliament of Northern Ireland
Preceded by
James Godfrey MacManaway
Member of Parliament for City of Londonderry
1951 - 1968
Succeeded by
Albert Anderson
Political offices
Preceded by
Brian Maginess
Attorney General for Northern Ireland
1964 - 1968
Succeeded by
Basil Kelly