Patrick Barrington, 11th Viscount Barrington

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Viscount Patrick William Daines Barrington
Born(1908-10-29)29 October 1908
Died6 April 1990
Title11th Viscount Barrington of Ardglass
Tenure4 October 1960 - 6 April 1990
Known forPoetry, work at Bletchley Park
ParentsThe Hon. Walter Bernard Louis Barrington Eleanor Nina Snagge

Patrick William Daines Barrington, 11th Viscount Barrington of Ardglass (29 October 1908 – 6 April 1990) was an Irish peer and a writer of humorous verse.

He was the son of the Hon. Walter Bernard Louis Barrington and Eleanor Nina Snagge. He was educated at Eton College and at Magdalen College, Oxford University. He is remembered for his humorous verse, which was featured in Punch Magazine during the 1930s. A collection of his poems, including his best-known work, The Diplomatic Platypus, was published:

  • Patrick Barrington, Songs of a Sub-Man, Methuen & Company Ltd, 1934.

During the Second World War, from 1940 to 1945, he worked at Bletchley Park decrypting German and Japanese messages. He was a member of the Bletchley Park Drama Group.[1]

On 4 October 1960 he succeeded to the titles of 5th Baron Shute of Becket, co. Berks; 11th Viscount Barrington of Ardglass, co. Down; and 11th Baron Barrington of Newcastle, Co. Limerick. On his death, his titles became extinct.[2]


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  2. ^ Peter W. Hammond, editor, The Complete Peerage or a History of the House of Lords and All its Members From the Earliest Times, Volume XIV: Addenda & Corrigenda, Sutton Publishing, 1998, page 67.

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Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
William Barrington
Viscount Barrington
Succeeded by