Michael Morris, Baron Morris

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Morris
Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench for Ireland
In office
Monarch Victoria
Preceded by George Augustus Chichester May
Succeeded by Peter O'Brien
Personal details
Born 14 November 1826
Galway, County Galway
Died 8 September 1901 (1901-09-09) (aged 74)
Spiddal, County Galway
Nationality Irish
Alma mater Trinity College, Dublin

Michael Morris, Baron Morris and 1st Baron Killanin PC (14 November 1826 – 8 September 1901), known as Sir Michael Morris, Bt, from 1885 to 1889, was an Irish lawyer and judge. He was Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench for Ireland from 1887 to 1889 and sat in the House of Lords as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary from 1889 to 1900.

Background and education[edit]

Born in Galway, Morris was educated at Galway College and Trinity College, Dublin, graduating BA in 1847.

Legal and judicial career[edit]

After being called to the Irish bar in 1849, Morris was appointed High Sheriff of Galway Town for 1849–50. Eight years later he was made recorder of Galway, and in 1863 became one of the country's Queen's Counsels. Elected to Parliament in 1865 as Liberal member for Galway,[1] Morris became a Conservative the following year when he took office in Lord Derby's administration as Solicitor-General for Ireland. In late 1866 he was appointed Attorney-General for Ireland, and the following year became third Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, eventually being made its Chief Justice in 1876.

In 1885, Morris was created a Baronet, of Spiddal in the County of Galway,[2] and two years later he was appointed Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench for Ireland. In 1889, on being made a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, he was given a life peerage as Baron Morris, of Spiddal in the County of Galway,[3] and sworn a member of the Privy Council.[4] Eleven years later, on his retirement from office, Lord Morris was made an hereditary peer as Baron Killanin, of Galway in the County of Galway.[5]



Lord Morris died at Spiddal in September 1901, aged 74, and was buried at Galway.

He married, in 1860, Anna Hughes, daughter of Henry George Hughes, Baron of the Court of Exchequer. They had four sons and six daughters. The eldest son Martin Morris was an MP and succeeded in the barony of Killanin and baronetcy. Another son was George Henry Morris.


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "G" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ "no. 25511". The London Gazette. 15 September 1885. p. 4334. 
  3. ^ "no. 25999". The London Gazette. 6 December 1889. p. 7014. 
  4. ^ "no. 26002". The London Gazette. 17 December 1889. p. 7275. 
  5. ^ "no. 27202". The London Gazette. 15 June 1900. p. 3751. 
  6. ^ "Report 63 (1988) – Jurisdiction of Local Courts Over Foreign Land.". Law Reform Commission, New South Wales. 30 May 2001. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Orrell Lever
Lord Dunkellin
Member of Parliament for Galway Borough
With: Sir Rowland Blennerhasset, Bt
Succeeded by
Sir Rowland Blennerhasset, Bt
George Morris
Legal offices
Preceded by
Edward Sullivan
Solicitor-General for Ireland
August–November 1866
Succeeded by
Hedges Eyre Chatterton
Preceded by
John Edward Walsh
Attorney-General for Ireland
Succeeded by
Hedges Eyre Chatterton
Preceded by
James Henry Monahan
Chief Justice of the Irish Common Pleas
Office abolished
Preceded by
George Augustus Chichester May
Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench for Ireland
Succeeded by
Peter O'Brien
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Killanin
Succeeded by
Martin Morris