Sir Daniel Dixon, 1st Baronet

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Portrait of Dixon by Henrietta Rae
Monument to Sir Daniel Dixon, grounds of Belfast City Hall, Northern Ireland

Sir Daniel Dixon, 1st Baronet, PC (I) DL (28 March 1844 – 10 March 1907) was an Irish businessman and politician.

Early life[edit]

Dixon was born on 28 March 1844 the son of Thomas and Sarah Dixon of Larne, County Antrim, his father was a merchant and shipowner.[1] He was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution.[1] He joined his father's timber business, Thomas Dixon and Sons, becoming a partner in 1864.

Political career[edit]

He served as Mayor of Belfast in 1892 and as Lord Mayor of Belfast in 1893 and from 1901 to 1903 and from 1905 to 1906. He was also a Member of Parliament for Belfast North as an Ulster Unionist from 1905 to 1907.

Dixon was appointed to the Privy Council of Ireland in the 1902 Coronation Honours list published on 26 June 1902,[2] and was sworn in by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Earl Cadogan, at Dublin Castle on 11 August 1902.[3] In October 1903 he was created a Baronet, of Ballymenock in the County of Antrim.


Dixon was head of one of the largest shipowning companies in Ireland.[1]

Family life[edit]

Dixon married, firstly, Lizzie, daughter of James Agnew, in 1867. After his first wife's death in 1868 he married, secondly, Annie, daughter of James Shaw, in 1870. He died on 10 March 1907 in Belfast, aged 62, and was succeeded in the baronetcy by his eldest son Thomas. Lady Dixon died in 1918.


  1. ^ a b c "Sir. Daniel Dixon." Times [London, England] 11 Mar. 1907: 6. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 10 Apr. 2014.
  2. ^ "The Coronation Honours". The Times (36804). London. 26 June 1902. p. 5. 
  3. ^ "Ireland". The Times (36844). London. 12 August 1902. p. 9. 

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