Sir Andrew Porter, 1st Baronet
In The Sketch, 4 November 1896
Born(1837-06-27)27 June 1837
Belfast, Ireland
Died9 January 1919(1919-01-09) (aged 81)
Dublin, Ireland
Occupation(s)Lawyer, judge
SpouseAgnes Horsburgh
Children6, including John and Andrew

Sir Andrew Marshall Porter, 1st Baronet PC, QC (27 June 1837 – 9 January 1919) was an Irish lawyer and judge.

Background and education

Porter was born in Belfast, the son of Reverend John Scott Porter and his wife Margaret Marshall.[1] He was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, and Queen's University, Belfast.

Legal and judicial career

In 1860 Porter was called to the Bar and by 1872 had become Queen's Counsel. He sat as Member of Parliament for County Londonderry from 1881 to 1884 and served under William Ewart Gladstone as Solicitor-General for Ireland from 1881 to 1882 and as Attorney-General for Ireland from 1882 to 1883: he was deeply involved in the trials following the Phoenix Park murders. He was appointed Master of the Rolls in Ireland in 1883 and served in that post until 1907. It was announced that he would receive a baronetcy in the 1902 Coronation Honours list published on 26 June 1902 for the (subsequently postponed) coronation of King Edward VII,[2] and on 24 July 1902, he was created a Baronet, of Merrion square, in the city and county of Dublin.[3]

A. M. Sullivan described him as "a fine lawyer of noble presence and true dignity" who did not tolerate any disturbance to the decorum of his Court. As a judge, Sullivan ranked him as one of the four greatest he had ever known, and perhaps the equal of the celebrated Christopher Palles.


Porter married Agnes Horsburgh and they had six children:

While living in Dublin, Porter resided at 42 Merrion Square East, as noted in Ulysses by James Joyce. He died there on 9 January 1919.[1]


Coat of arms of Sir Andrew Porter, 1st Baronet
Granted 1 September 1902 by Sir Arthur Edward Vicars, Ulster King of Arms[4]
On a wreath of the colours on a fasces fesswise a cherub Proper.
Argent on a bend Azure three bells of the field in chief a portcullis and in base two keys in saltire Sable.
J'ayme Porter Sacours


  1. ^ a b "Sir Andrew Marshall Porter". The Times. London. 10 January 1919. p. 11. Retrieved 23 September 2023 – via
  2. ^ "The Coronation Honours". The Times. No. 36804. London. 26 June 1902. p. 5.
  3. ^ "No. 27457". The London Gazette. 25 July 1902. p. 4738.
  4. ^ "Grants and Confirmations of Arms, Vol. J". National Library of Ireland. 1898. p. 252. Retrieved 30 November 2022.
Parliament of the United Kingdom Preceded bySir Thomas McClure, Bt Hugh Law Member of Parliament for Londonderry 1881–1883 With: Sir Thomas McClure, Bt Succeeded bySamuel Walker Sir Thomas McClure, 1st Bt Legal offices Preceded byWilliam Moore Johnson Solicitor-General for Ireland 1881–1882 Succeeded byJohn Naish Preceded byWilliam Moore Johnson Attorney-General for Ireland 1882–1883 Succeeded byJohn Naish Preceded byEdward Sullivan Master of the Rolls in Ireland 1883–1906 Succeeded byRichard Edmund Meredith Peerage of the United Kingdom New creation Baronet (of Merrion Square) 1902–1919 Succeeded byJohn Scott Horsbrugh-Porter