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AVONMORE, BARRY YELVERTON, 1st Viscount
(1736-1805), Irish judge, was born in 1736. He was the eldest son of
Frank Yelverton of Blackwater, Co. Cork. Educated at Trinity College,
Dublin, he was for some years an assistant master under Andrew Buck in
the Hibernian Academy. In 1761 he married Miss Mary Nugent, a lady of
some fortune, and was then enabled to read for the bar. He was called in
1764, his success was rapid, and he took silk eight years afterwards. He
sat in the Irish parliament as member successively for the boroughs of
Donegal and Carrickfergus, becoming attorney-general in 1782, but was
elevated to the bench as chief baron of the exchequer in 1783. He was
created (Irish) baron Avonmore in 1795, and in 1800 (Irish) viscount.
Among his colleagues at the Irish bar Yelverton was a popular and
charming companion. Of insignificant appearance, he owed his early
successes to his remarkable eloquence, which made a great impression on
his contemporaries; as a judge, he was inclined to take the view of the
advocate rather than that of the impartial lawyer. He gave his support to
Grattan and the Whigs during the greater part of his parliamentary
career, but in his latter days became identified with the court party and
voted for the union, for which his viscounty was a reward. He had three
sons and one daughter, and the title has descended in the family.
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