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Attorney-General for Ireland

The Attorney-General for Ireland was an Irish and then (from the Act of Union 1800) United Kingdom government office-holder. He was senior to the Solicitor-General for Ireland: both advised the Crown on Irish legal matters. With the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922, the duties of the Attorney General and Solicitor General for Ireland were taken over by the Attorney General of Ireland. The office of Solicitor General was abolished, apparently for reasons of economy, despite repeated complaints from the first Attorney General of Ireland, Hugh Kennedy, about the "immense volume of work" which he was now expected to deal with single-handed.

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The first record of the existence of the office in Ireland, some 50 years after it was established in England, is in 1313 when Richard Manning was appointed King's Attorney (the title Attorney General does not seem to have been in common use until the 1530s). The Attorney General was, initially, junior to the Serjeant-at-law, but since the titles King's Serjeant and King's Attorney were often used interchangeably, it can be difficult to establish who held which office at any given time. From the early 1660s, due largely to the personal prestige of Sir William Domville, (AG 1660-1686), the Attorney General became the chief legal adviser to the Crown.

The Attorney General was always a member of the Privy Council of Ireland, and a strong Attorney, like Philip Tisdall, William Saurin, or Francis Blackburne, could exercise great influence over the Dublin administration. Tisdall (AG 1760-1777), was for much of his tenure as Attorney General also the Government leader in the Irish House of Commons, and a crucial member of the Irish administration. Saurin (AG 1807-1822) was regarded for many years as the effective head of the Irish Government. In 1841 Blackburne (AG 1830-1834, 1841-1842), on being challenged challenged about a proposed appointment within his own office, said firmly that he "would not tolerate a refusal to ratify the appointment". The office of Attorney General was described at this time as being "a great mixture of law and general political reasoning"".

14th century

  • Richard Manning: 1313
  • William de Woodworth: c. 1327
  • Thomas of Westham: 1334
  • William le Petit: 1343
  • Nicholas Lumbard, or Lombard: 1345
  • Robert Preston, later Lord Gormanston: 1355
  • John de Leycestre: 1357
  • Henry Mitchell: 1372
  • John Tirel c. 1373–6
  • Robert Hore: 1379, superseded
  • Thomas Malalo: 1381
  • Robert Hemynborgh: 1385
  • 15th century

  • William Tynbegh: 1400
  • John Barry: 1401
  • John Whyte or White: 1422
  • Stephen Roche: 1441
  • William Sutton: 1444
  • Robert FitzRery: 1450
  • Thomas Dowdall: 1463
  • Nicholas Sutton: 1473
  • Thomas Archbold: 1478
  • Thomas Cusacke: 1480
  • Walter St. Lawrence: 1491
  • 16th century

  • Clement Fitzleones: 1502
  • John Barnewall, later 3rdBaron Trimlestown: 1504
  • Nicholas Fitzsimons: 1504
  • incomplete

  • Thomas St. Lawrence: 1532
  • Robert Dillon: 1535
  • Barnaby Skurloke or Skurlog: 1554
  • James Barnewall: 1559
  • Lucas Dillon: 1566
  • Edward Fitz-Symon: 1570
  • John Bathe: 1574
  • Thomas Snagge: 1577
  • Christopher Flemyng: 1580
  • Edward Butler: 1582
  • Charles Calthorpe, afterwards Sir Charles: 1584
  • 17th century

  • Sir John Davys or Davies: 1606
  • Sir William Ryves: 1619
  • Richard Osbaldeston of Gray's Inn: 1636
  • Thomas Tempest: 1640
  • William Basil: 1649, under the Protectorate
  • Sir Wiliam Domville: 1660
  • Sir Richard Nagle: December 1686
  • Sir John Temple: October 1690
  • Robert Rochfort, June 1695
  • 18th century

  • Alan Brodrick: 12 June 1707
  • John Forster: 24 December 1709
  • Sir Richard Levinge, Bt: 4 June 1711
  • George Gore, 3 Nov 1714
  • John Rogerson, 14 May 1720
  • Thomas Marlay, 5 May 1727
  • Robert Jocelyn, 29 Sep 1730
  • John Bowes, 3 Sep 1739
  • St George Caulfeild, 23 Dec 1741
  • Warden Flood, 27 Aug 1751
  • Philip Tisdall, 31 July 1760
  • John Scott, 17 Oct 1777
  • Barry Yelverton: 2 July 1782
  • John Fitzgibbon, app 29 Nov 1783
  • Arthur Wolfe, app 16 July 1789
  • John Toler: 26 June 1798
  • 19th century

  • John Stewart: 9 December 1800
  • Standish O'Grady: 28 May 1803
  • William Plunket: 15 October 1805
  • William Saurin: 15 May 1807
  • William Plunket: 15 January 1822
  • Henry Joy: 18 June 1827
  • Edward Pennefather: 23 December 1830
  • Francis Blackburne: 11 January 1831
  • office vacant: 17 November 1834
  • Louis Perrin: 29 April 1835
  • Michael O'Loghlen: 31 August 1835
  • John Richards: 10 November 1836
  • Stephen Woulfe: 3 February 1837
  • Nicholas Ball: 11 July 1838
  • Maziere Brady: 23 February 1839
  • David Richard Pigot: 11 August 1840
  • Francis Blackburne: 23 September 1841
  • Thomas Berry Cusack Smith: 1 November 1842
  • Richard Wilson Greene: 2 February 1846
  • Richard Moore: 16 July 1846
  • James Henry Monahan: 21 December 1847
  • John Hatchell: 23 September 1850
  • Joseph Napier: February 1852
  • Abraham Brewster: April 1853
  • William Keogh: March 1855
  • John David Fitzgerald: March 1856
  • James Whiteside: February 1858
  • John David Fitzgerald: June 1859
  • Rickard Deasy: February 1860
  • Thomas O'Hagan: 1861
  • James Anthony Lawson: 1865
  • John Edward Walsh: 25 July 1866
  • Michael Morris: 1 November 1866
  • Hedges Eyre Chatterton: 1867
  • Robert Warren: 1867
  • John Thomas Ball: 1868
  • Edward Sullivan: 12 December 1868
  • Charles Robert Barry: 26 January 1870
  • Richard Dowse: 13 January 1872
  • Christopher Palles: 5 November 1872
  • Hugh Law: 1873  ??
  • John Thomas Ball: 12 March 1874
  • Henry Ormsby: 21 January 1875
  • George Augustus Chichester May: 27 November 1875
  • Edward Gibson: 15 February 1877
  • Hugh Law: 10 May 1880
  • William Moore Johnson: 17 November 1881
  • Andrew Marshall Porter: 3 January 1883
  • John Naish: 19 December 1883
  • Samuel Walker: 1885
  • Hugh Holmes: 3 July 1885
  • Samuel Walker: February 1886
  • Hugh Holmes: August 1886
  • John George Gibson: 1887
  • Peter O'Brien: 1888
  • Dodgson Hamilton Madden: 1890
  • John Atkinson: 1892
  • The Macdermot: August 1892
  • John Atkinson: 8 July 1895
  • 20th century

  • James Campbell: 4 December 1905
  • Richard Robert Cherry: 22 December 1905
  • Redmond Barry: 2 December 1909
  • Charles Andrew O'Connor: 26 September 1911
  • Ignatius O'Brien: 24 June 1912
  • Thomas Molony: 10 April 1913
  • John Moriarty: 20 June 1913
  • Jonathan Pim: 1 July 1914
  • John Gordon: 8 June 1915
  • James Campbell: 9 April 1916
  • James O'Connor: 8 January 1917
  • Arthur Samuels: 7 April 1918
  • Denis Henry: 6 July 1919
  • Thomas Brown: 5 August 1921
  • The office was vacant from 16 November 1921

    References

    Attorney-General for Ireland Wikipedia


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