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Arthur Hugh Smith Barry, 1843-1925


Arthur Hugh Smith Barry was the grandson of John Smith Barry. Arthur Hugh was very fond of Fota and spent much of his life there, carrying out improvements by adding the billiards room and the gallery. He continued the developments of the gardens and arboretum and also enjoyed hunting, yachting and cricket.

 Created Baron Barrymore of County Cork in 1902 Arthur Hugh was a prominent political figure and held the position of Justice of the Peace as well as serving as an MP for Cork from 1867 until 1874 and for South Huntington between 1886 and 1900.

As Vice President of the Irish Landowners Convention he took an active interest in the Land Question and represented the interests of Irish landlords. In 1876 he possessed a substantial estate of 26,792 acres spread between Cork, Tipperary and the UK which was valued at over £37,000, making him the fourth largest landlord in the region.

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