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MACDERMOTT, John Clarke (Baron MacDermott) (1896-1979)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA MacDermott
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: MACDERMOTT, John Clarke (Baron MacDermott) (1896-1979)
Date(s): 1979
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in 1896; educated at Campbell College, Belfast and Queen's University of Belfast; served in World War One with Machine Gun Corps in France, Belgium and Germany; called to Irish Bar, 1921; Lecturer in Jurisprudence, Queen's University of Belfast, 1931-1935; appointed to determine industrial assurance disputes in Northern Ireland, 1929-1938; King's Counsel (Northern Ireland), 1936; MP (Unionist), Queen's University of Belfast, Parliament of Northern Ireland, 1938-1944; Governor, Campbell College, 1934-1959; Chairman, Joint Select Committee on Road and Rail Transport in Northern Ireland, 1939; Minister of Public Security for Northern Ireland, 1940-1941; Attorney-General, 1941-1944; Judge, High Court of Justice, Northern Ireland, 1944-1947; a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, 1947-1951; Chairman, National Arbitration Tribunal, Northern Ireland, 1944-1946; Pro-Chancellor, Queen's University of Belfast, 1951-1969; Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, 1951-1971; died in 1979.


Scope and content/abstract:

Photocopies of extracts from MacDermott's autobiography, 'An enriching life', privately printed in 1979, primarily concerning the death of his brother in France, Jan 1916, MacDermott's work in shell shop at Harland and Wolff Ltd, 1916, his experience of the Easter Rising, Dublin, Apr 1916, his military training in Belfast and the UK, 1916-1917, his service in France, Belgium and Germany, including the Battle of the Lys, Apr 1918, and the second Battle of the Marne, Jul-Aug 1918, his legal training, 1919-1921, and his reading of FM Sir Henry Wilson...his life and diaries by Sir Charles Edward Callwell (Cassell and Co, London, 1927) and Revolt in the Desert by Thomas Edward Lawrence (later Shaw) (Jonathon Cape, London, 1927) and also including a tribute by to MacDermott Lord Robert Lynd Erskine Lowry, Baron Lowry, Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

1 file

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Finding aids:

Summary guide entry on-line at, and published in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Copies made by the Centre in 1986 from originals lent by Professor Kahrl.

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Date of compilation: Sep 1996

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