Sir James Corry, 1st Baronet

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"a temperate Ulster man"
Corry as caricatured by Ape (Carlo Pellegrini) in Vanity Fair, May 1887

Sir James Porter Corry, 1st Baronet (8 September 1826 – 28 November 1891) was an Irish politician. He served as a Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) from 1874 to 1885 and an Irish Unionist Alliance MP from 1886 until his death.

Sir James was the son of Robert Corry, of Turnagardy, Newtownards, Co. Down, a quarry owner and Belfast timber merchant. Educated at the Royal Belfast Academic Institution, he entered the family timber firm, which was at that time occupied with building the growing industrial port of Belfast.

He was first elected to Parliament for the Irish constituency of Belfast in the 1874 general election. The constituency was abolished for the 1885 general election. On 15 September 1885 he was created a baronet, of Dunraven, Antrim.[1]

On 1 February 1886 he became the MP for Mid Armagh in a by-election following the death of John McKane. In July 1886, he joined the Irish Unionist Alliance and stood for subsequent elections for this party. He died, in office, in 1891 at his home, Dunraven on Belfast's Malone Road, and was succeeded in the baronetcy by his son, William.


  1. ^ "No. 25511". The London Gazette. 15 September 1885. p. 4334.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomas McClure and
William Johnston
Member of Parliament for Belfast
With: William Johnston (until 1878)
William Ewart (1878–1885)
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
John McKane
Member of Parliament for Mid Armagh
Succeeded by
Dunbar Plunket Barton
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
1885 – 1891
Succeeded by
William Corry