H. F. B. Lynch

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Henry Finnis Blosse Lynch
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Member of Parliament for Ripon
In office
Personal details
Born(1862-04-18)18 April 1862
Died24 November 1913(1913-11-24) (aged 51)
Calais, France
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Henry Finnis Blosse Lynch, MA, FRGS (18 April 1862 – 24 November 1913) was a British traveller, businessman, and Liberal Member of Parliament.[1]


Lynch was the only son of the Mesopotamian explorer Thomas Kerr Lynch, of a landed Irish family based at Partry House, County Mayo, and Harriet Taylor, the daughter of Colonel Robert Taylor, a British political resident at Baghdad, and his Armenian wife. He was educated at Eton College, the University of Heidelberg,[2] and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1] Although called to the bar from the Middle Temple in 1887, he eschewed a career in law in favour of working for his family business, Lynch Brothers, a commercial firm founded in Baghdad in 1841 which exported goods from Britain to Mesopotamia. He became the company's chairman in 1896.

Lynch was admitted as a freeman of the Worshipful Company of Bowyers of the City of London in 1888.

Lynch was elected at the 1906 general election as Member of Parliament (MP) for Ripon, but was defeated at the January 1910 general election.[3]

He was High Sheriff of Mayo in 1911.

He died of pneumonia at Calais in 1913.[2]

Travel to Armenia[edit]

Lynch wrote a two-volume book on Armenia, which were published in 1901.[4][5] A reviewer wrote in the journal Man: "The result is this magnificently printed and illustrated mixture of travel notes and impressions, historical and archeological research, political ratiocination, and geographical information."[6] Another reviewer wrote in The Geographical Journal: "Mr. Lynch's book is full of information, but from a geographical point of view, it is somewhat disappointing. In the descriptions of scenery there is occasionally such a flow of words that the reader is apt to be wearied and lose the impression which the writer intends to convey."[7] Martin Conway described it in 1916 as a "classical work on the country" and added that his "journeys in Armenia and close study of the country made him beyond question the greatest recent authority upon it."[8]


  1. ^ a b "Lynch, Henry Finnis Blosse (LNC880HF)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ a b 'Mr. H. F. B. Lynch', The Times, 26 November 1913, p. 11
  3. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 444. ISBN 0-900178-27-2.
  4. ^ Lynch, H.F.B.(1901). Armenia: Travels and Studies. Volume I: The Russian Provinces. London: Longmans, Green, and Co.
  5. ^ Lynch, H.F.B. (1901). Armenia: Travels and Studies. Volume II: The Turkish Provinces. London: Longmans, Green, and Co.
  6. ^ D. G. H. (1902). "Reviewed Work: Armenia: Travels and Studies. by H. F. B. Lynch". Man. Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. 2: 153–155. doi:10.2307/2840500. JSTOR 2840500.
  7. ^ C. W. W. (1901). "Reviewed Work: Armenia: Travels and Studies by H. F. B. Lynch". The Geographical Journal. 18 (6): 608–609. doi:10.2307/1775362. JSTOR 1775362.
  8. ^ Conway, Martin (19 February 1916). "Churches of northern Armenia". Country Life. 39: 245–247.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Lloyd Wharton
Member of Parliament for Ripon
1906January 1910
Succeeded by
Edward Wood