John Porter-Porter

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John Porter-Porter (3 April 1855–10 August 1939) was a unionist politician in Northern Ireland.

He was born John Porter Archdale on 3 April 1855,[1] the son of Nicholas Montgomery Archdale of Crock-na-crieve, co. Fermanagh. He studied at The King's School, Worcester[2] and Caius College, Cambridge,[3] then resided at Belle Isle in County Fermanagh. He adopted his unusual surname of Porter-Porter in 1876, replacing Archdale with Porter, in accordance with the terms of an inheritance.[4]

He served as a J.P. and Deputy Lieutenant of Co. Longford and was appointed High Sheriff of Longford for 1879 and as High Sheriff of Fermanagh for 1883.[5]

Porter-Porter was elected to the first Senate of Northern Ireland for the Ulster Unionist Party, despite his lack of political experience. He retired from the Senate in 1937,[2] and died two years later.[4] He had married Josephine, the eldest daughter of Jesse Lloyd of Co. Monaghan. [5]


  1. ^ suggests he was born in 1853, but Alumni Cantabrigienses and the Introduction to the Porter family papers held at PRONI agree in giving the year as 1855.
  2. ^ a b John F. Harbinson, The Ulster Unionist Party, 1882-1973, p.205
  3. ^ "Archdale or Archdall [post Porter], John Porter (ARCL874JP)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  4. ^ a b Person Page 18995,
  5. ^ a b Kelly's Handbook to the Titled,Landed and Official Classes. 1916.