Marcus Paterson

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Marcus Paterson (1712 – 12 March 1787, near Bray)[1][2] was an Irish politician, Solicitor-General for Ireland and Chief Justice of the Irish Common Pleas. He became the Member of Parliament for Ballynakill in 1756 and Lisburn in 1768. He was appointed as Solicitor-General in 1764 and became Chief Justice of Common Pleas in 1770. He held office until his death although he had been contemplating retirement due to ill health.

He was a native of Ennis, County Clare; and was the third son of Montrose Paterson. He went to school in Limerick and graduated from the University of Dublin.

In character he seems to have been a typical eighteenth-century rake: he was famed for his hospitality, shortened his life by heavy drinking and fought numerous duels. John Scott, 1st Earl of Clonmell called him one of those old men who die because they insist on living like young men. On the other hand, he was a considerable scholar, a fine lawyer and a diligent and zealous law officer.


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's historical List of Members of the Irish House of Commonscites: Johnston-Liik, Edith Mary (2002). The History of the Irish Parliament 1692-1800 (6 volumes). Ulster Historical Foundation. 
  2. ^ F. Elrington Ball (1897). "Robert Marshall, of Clonmell, Esq.". Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society. III (25): 273. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
John Barrington
Jonah Barrington
Member of Parliament for Ballynakill
With: Jonah Barrington 1756–1761
Charles O'Hara 1761–1768
Succeeded by
William Montgomery
John Moore
Preceded by
Francis Price
Viscount Beauchamp
Member of Parliament for Lisburn
With: Francis Price
Succeeded by
Francis Price
Hon. Robert Seymour-Conway
Legal offices
Preceded by
John Gore
Solicitor-General for Ireland
Succeeded by
Godfrey Lill
Preceded by
Richard Clayton
Chief Justice of the Irish Common Pleas
Succeeded by
Hugh Carleton