Fiennes Barrett-Lennard

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Sir Fiennes Cecil Arthur Barrett-Lennard (2 April 1880 - 26 Jan. 1963) was a British colonial judge and soldier.[1][2]


Barrett-Lennard was the son of Captain Thomas George Barrett-Lennard and Edith Mackenzie. He married Winifrede Mignon Berlyn in 1916. They had one son, Hugh, who subsequently inherited the Barrett-Lennard baronetcy.


Barret-Lennard was appointed as one of the Puisne Judges of the Supreme Court of the Gold Coast (later Ghana) in 1913.[3] He was subsequently a judge in the Straits Settlement.[4] He was appointed Chief Justice of Jamaica in 1925 and was knighted the following year.[5] As Chief Justice, in 1929, he ordered the confiscation of the property of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) which had been founded by black activist, Marcus Garvey.[6] He retired in 1932[7] and after retiring, he claimed his retirement was forced on him by ill health that resulted from having been poisoned.[8] He returned to London, becoming a lecturer at Birkbeck College and wrote a paper on colonial law published in the Transactions of the Grotius Society.[9]


  1. ^ ‘BARRETT-LENNARD, Sir Fiennes Cecil Arthur’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012 accessed 19 June 2013
  2. ^ The Times, Monday, 28 Jan 1963; pg. 12; Issue 55610; col C Sir Fiennes Barrett-Lennard
  3. ^ Chelmsford Chronicle, 8 August 1913
  4. ^ The Straits Times, 25 September 1932
  5. ^ The Singapore Free Press 17 October 1932
  6. ^ Article in Jamaican Journal
  7. ^ Western Daily Press, 9 August 1932
  8. ^ Straight's Times 4 October 1932
  9. ^ Some aspects of colonial law