Augustine Birrell

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Augustine Birrell, KC (19 January 1850 – 20 November 1933) was an English politician, barrister, academic and author. He was Chief Secretary for Ireland from 1907 to 1916, resigning in the immediate aftermath of the Easter Rising.

Early life

Birrell was born in Wavertree, near Liverpool, the son of a Baptist minister. He was educated at Amersham Hall school and at Trinity Hall, Cambridge where he was made an Honorary Fellow in 1879.Alvin Jackson, Augustine Birrell in Brack et al. (eds.) Dictionary of Liberal Biography; Politico's, 1998 pp 42 but was called to the Bar in 1875, becoming a KC in 1893 and a Bencher of the Inner Temple in 1903.Who was Who, OUP 2007 From 1896 to 1899 he was Professor of Comparative Law at University College, London.Augustine Birrell, in the Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh EditionÓ Broin, Leon, The Chief Secretary: Augustine Birrell in Ireland, Chatto & Windus, 1969 pp. 3-4 In 1911 Birrell served as Lord Rector of Glasgow University.

His first wife, Margaret Mirrielees, died in 1879, only a year after their marriage, and in 1888 he married Eleanor Tennyson, daughter of the poet Frederick Locker-Lampson and widow of Lionel Tennyson, son of the poet Alfred, Lord......
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