John Dougherty Barbour

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John Dougherty Barbour JP DL (3 March 1824 – 1901) was an Irish industrialist and politician. His middle name is sometimes written as "Doherty."

Born in Castle Street, Lisburn, County Antrim, the son of William Barbour, he entered the linen business (William Barbour & Sons) established by his grandfather in Lisburn. His brother, Thomas Barbour, opened a branch of the firm in America. Amongst Barbour's children were Sir Milne Barbour, Bt. and Helen Reilly Barbour, who married Thomas Andrews, designer of the RMS Titanic

Election controversy[edit]

In 1863, Barbour was elected Member of Parliament for Lisburn, prior to this he had moved to his father's home, Hilden House, which he established as a place for entertainment. In the 1863 election, 263 votes were placed in the Lisburn constituency. A Petition was presented against Barbour and, by June, he had been unseated as MP.

In 1864 he married the daughter of John Milne of Edinburgh. Barbour later lived in Leamington Spa, where he was elected Mayor in 1891, and at Hilden House.


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Jonathan Richardson
Member of Parliament for Lisburn
February 1863June 1863
Succeeded by
Edward Wingfield Verner