Gorell Barnes, 1st Baron Gorell

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Gorell
Gorell Barnes Vanity Fair 18 February 1893.jpg
"Admiralty Jurisdiction"
Barnes as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, February 1893
Judge of the Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Division of the High Court of Justice
In office
Personal details
Born (1848-05-16)May 16, 1848
Died April 22, 1913(1913-04-22) (aged 64)
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Mary Barnes nee Mitchell
Children Henry Gorell Barnes
Alma mater Peterhouse, Cambridge

John Gorell Barnes, 1st Baron Gorell PC (16 May 1848 – 22 April 1913), was a British lawyer and judge.


Gorell was the eldest son of Henry Barnes, a shipowner of Liverpool, and was educated at Peterhouse, Cambridge.[1] where he took his degree in 1868.[2] He began work as a solicitor,[citation needed] but was called to the Bar in 1876 and became a Queen's Counsel in 1888.[2] He was well known as an expert in Admiralty cases, and in 1892 was made a Judge of the Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Division of the High Court of Justice, and its president from 1905 (on the retirement of Sir Francis Jeune (Lord St. Helier)) until 1909. He was admitted to the Privy Council in 1905 and in 1909 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Gorell, of Brampton in the County of Derby. He died in April 1913, aged 64, and was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son Henry Gorell Barnes.[2]


Lord Gorell married Mary, daughter of Thomas Mitchell, in 1881.[2]


  1. ^ "Barnes, John Gorell (BNS865JG)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ a b c d Chisholm 1922.



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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
New Creation
Baron Gorell
Succeeded by
Henry Gorell Barnes