Right Hon. Lord Barrymore P.C., J.P., D.L.

Right Hon. Lord Barrymore P.C., J.P., D.L., a Prominent citizen from the History of Huntingdonshire, England.


Arthur Hugh Smith-Barry


For nearly a third of a century the cause of the Loyalists of Ireland had no abler leader than the popular politician who as Mr Smith-Barry won the affection and respect of every section of the House of Commons. Himself a native of the Sister Isle, with the blood of her ancient ruling families in his veins, a large landowner of progressive views, a staunch supporter of the Union, and yet devoted heart and soul to the welfare of Ireland, Mr Smith-Barry fought the battle of the Union with courage, patience and indomitable energy till in 1902 he received from his Sovereign the well earned mark of favour, and was summoned to the House of Lords as first Lord Barrymore.

His lordship is descended from the ancient Earls of Barrymore, a family renowned for their loyalty and chivalrous character. The title has fallen into abeyance, but the present Lord Barrymore’s immediate ancestors have held a high position in the County Palatine of Chester for some two centuries, having several times served the office of High Sheriff.

His father, Mr James Hugh Smith-Barry, who was also High Sheriff of Co. Cork, married, in 1841, Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Shallcross Jaeson, Esq., of Newtown Bank, Cheshire, and his eldest son, Arthur Hugh, the subject of our present sketch, was born on January 7th 1843.

He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. In his twenty-fourth year he entered the House of Commons as Conservative member for County Cork, and in the following year he married Lady Mary Frances Wyndham-Quin, daughter of the third Earl of Dunraven, and one of a family always devoted to the cause of their country.

Lady Mary Smith-Barry died in 1884, and in 1889 her husband married Elizabeth widow of Arthur Post, Esq., of New York, and daughter of General Wadsworth, a distinguished soldier in the Army of the United States.

Mr Smith-Barry was out of Parliament from 1874 to 1886, but on the question of Home Rule coming to the front, he re-entered political life as Unionist member for Huntingdonshire from 1886 to 1900. He is Vice-President of the Irish Unionist Alliance, and of the Irish Landowner’s Convention. Lord Barrymore is a Privy Councillor and a Deputy Lieutenant and J.P. for his County.

A keen sportsman, he is especially devoted to yachting and is Admiral of the Royal Cork Yacht Club.

Lord Barrymore’s town mansion is at 2a Hill Street, Berkeley Square, W., and his seats are at Fota Island, co. Cork, and Marbury Hall, Northwich. His lordship is a member of the Charlton, Turf, and Travellers’ Club, and of the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes.

George Gaskell - circa 1900