Sir Samuel Martin QC
(1801 – 9 January 1883) was a Anglo-Irish
politician and judge.
Early life and education
Martin was born in 1801, the son of Samuel Martin of Calmore, County Londonderry
. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin
, receiving a BA in 1821 and an MA in 1832. He became a student at Gray's Inn
in 1821 and practiced as a special pleader
. He transferred to the Middle Temple
in 1826, and was called to the bar
In 1838, he married Frances Homera, the daughter of Sir Frederick Pollock
, Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer
. She died on 19 April 1874, aged 56.
Martin was active as a barrister
on the Northern Circuit, and gained a reputation for skill. He took silk
in 1845. He entered the House of Commons
in 1847 as a Liberal
, after a closely fought contest. However, he only held the seat until 1850, when he was knighted and appointed a Baron of the Exchequer
. He received an LL.D.
from Trinity in 1857.
Martin left the Exchequer bench in 1873, due to deafness, and was appointed a Privy Counsellor
on 2 February 1874. He returned to the Middle Temple
in 1878. He divided his time between his estate at Myroe, County Londonderry (where he was a justice of the peace
and a deputy lieutenant
) and his London residence in Piccadilly
. He died at the latter in 1883 and is buried in Brompton Cemetery