Earl of Barrymore

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Arms of Barry: Argent, three bars gemelles gules; crest: Out of a castle argent a wolf's head sable

Earl of Barrymore was a title in the Peerage of Ireland. It was created for David Barry, 6th Viscount Buttevant, in 1627/28.[1] Lord Barrymore held the subsidiary titles of Baron Barry (created c. 1261) and Viscount Buttevant (created 1541) in the County of Cork in Ireland. After the death of the 8th Earl in 1823, all these titles became extinct.[2]

The Barrymore title was revived in 1902 in favour of Sir Arthur Smith-Barry, who was created Baron Barrymore in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. He was the grandson of John Smith Barry, illegitimate son of James Hugh Smith Barry (died 1837), son of The Hon. John Smith Barry, younger son of The 4th Earl of Barrymore.[3]

The family was noted for eccentricity and in the eighteenth and early nineteenth century many of its members had nicknames such as Hellgate, Dalegate, Cripplegate, Newgate and Billingsgate. They feature in Georgette Heyer's novel Regency Buck, where a character remarks that 'the Barrymores, you know, really cannot be held accountable for their odd manners.'

Barons Barry (c. 1261)[edit]

Viscounts Buttevant (1541)[edit]

Earls of Barrymore (1627/28)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cokayne, G. E . Complete Peerage Reprinted Gloucester 2000 Vol.1, p. 443
  2. ^ Cokayne, Vol.1, p. 447
  3. ^ Cokayne, Vol. XII, p. 16
  4. ^ Cf. Letters Patent for the Earldom of Barrymore 1626/27. In: Frederick Arthur Crisp, Fragmenta Genealogica, vol. X, Private Printing, London 1899, pp. 84–85

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