Sir Edward Barry, 1st Baronet

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Sir Edward Barry, 1st Baronet FRS (1696 – 29 March 1776)[1] was an Irish physician and politician.

Background and education[edit]

He was the son of Edward Barry and his wife Jane, and was educated at Trinity College, Dublin.[2] In 1717, Barry graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. Subsequently he studied at the University of Leyden in the Netherlands and became a Doctor of Medicine in 1721.[2] He received the same degree by the University of Dublin in 1740 and the University of Oxford in 1761.[2]


Barry was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1732.[3] Additionally he was appointed a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 1740 and its president in 1749.[4] Barry became Physician-General to the Army in Ireland in 1745.[4] He taught as Regius Professor of Physic Dublin University between 1754 and 1761.[4] A year later, Barry became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and then a censor in 1763.[2] He entered the Irish House of Commons in 1744, representing Charleville until 1760.[1] On 1 August 1775, he was created a baronet, of the City of Dublin, in the Baronetage of Ireland.[5]


On 18 December 1746, Barry married secondly Jane Dopping, daughter of Anthony Dopping, sometime the Bishop of Ossory.[4] He had four sons by his first wife[2] and also three sons and two daughters by his second wife.[4] Barry died at Bath, Somerset and was succeeded in the baronetcy by his eldest son Nathaniel.[4] His third son Robert was also a Member of Parliament for Charleville.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Johnston-Liik, Edith Mary (2006). MPs in Dublin: Companion to History of the Irish Parliament 1692–1800. Ulster Historical Foundation. p. 68. ISBN 1-903688-60-4. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "ThePeerage - Sir Edward Barry, 1st Bt". Retrieved 30 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "Royal Society - Library and Archive catalogue". Retrieved 30 March 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Belcher, T. W. (1866). Memoirs of Sir Patrick Dun (2nd ed.). Dublin: Hodges, Smith and Co. pp. 63–64. 
  5. ^ "No. 11576". The London Gazette. 4 July 1775. p. 1. 
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
John Lysaght
Price Hartstonge
Member of Parliament for Charleville
With: John Lysaght 1744–1759
Viscount Dungarvon 1759–1760
Succeeded by
Richard Cox
Thomas Warren
Baronetage of Ireland
New creation Baronet
(of Dublin)
Succeeded by
Nathaniel Barry