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 an eighteenth-century "rake": he was famed for his hospitality, shortened his life by heavy drinking and fought numerous duels. 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 Commons([self-published source][better source needed]) cites: 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