Hutcheson Poë

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Hutcheson Poë
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CrestA boar's head erect couped Or pierced with a broken spear proper.
MottoMalo Mori Quam Foedari (Death rather than dishonour)[1]

Sir William Hutcheson Poë, 1st Baronet (20 September 1848 – 30 November 1934) was an Irish soldier and politician.[2]

He was born the younger son of William T. Poë in Donaghadee, County Down.[3] He joined the Royal Marines in 1867 and served in the Sudan in 1884, commanding a unit of the Camel Corps in the Relief of Khartoum in 1885. He retired in 1888.[4]

He was a Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant for Queen's County and was appointed High Sheriff of Queen's County for 1891 and High Sheriff of Tyrone for 1893.[4] He was a member of the Land Conference in 1902. He was created a baronet on 2 July 1912. From 1915 to 1916 he served in Egypt during World War I, and from 1916 to 1919 was with the Red Cross in France.[3] He was the Lord Lieutenant of Queen's County from 1920 to 1922.

He was an independent member of Seanad Éireann from 1922 to 1924.[5] He was nominated to the Seanad by the President of the Executive Council in 1922 for 12 years.[6] He resigned from the Seanad on 9 December 1924, on age and health grounds.[7] Douglas Hyde was elected at a by-election to replace him.

He married Mary Adelaide, only surviving daughter of Sir William Compton Domvile, 3rd Baronet. He was succeeded by his son Hugo, the 2nd and last Baronet.[4]

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  1. ^ "Grant of Arms: Sir William Hutcheson Poë Bt 1928". Heraldry Online. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Baronetage". Leigh Rayment's list of baronets. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  3. ^ a b "William Hutcheson Poë". Dictionary of Ulster Biography. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Kelly's Handbook to the Titled, Landed and Official Classes. 1916.
  5. ^ "William Hutcheson Poë". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  6. ^ "President's nominees for Seanad". Houses of the Oireachtas. 6 December 1922. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Resignation of a Senator". Houses of the Oireachtas. 9 December 1924. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Algernon Coote, Bt
Lord Lieutenant of Queen's County
Office abolished
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Heywood, Queen's County)
Succeeded by
Sir Hugo Compton Domvile Poë