Charles Barrie, 1st Baron Abertay
Background and education
Barrie served during the First World War in an advisory capacity at the Transport Department of the Admiralty, and latterly in the Ministry of Shipping. He was the Minister of Munitions representative in Paris during the Peace Conference, and was a Member of the Supreme Economic Council. He also served as Chairman of the Navy, Army, and Air Force Institutes and as a Member of the Advisory Council to the General Post Office. He was Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for Elgin Burghs briefly during 1918, for Banffshire from 1918–1924 and later sat for Southampton from 1931-1940 as a Liberal National.
Barrie was appointed a CBE in 1918 and a KBE in 1921. On 26 June 1940, he was raised to the peerage as Baron Abertay, of Tullybelton in the County of Perth. He also held the Russian Order of St Stanislaus and the Danish Order of the Dannebrog.
Barrie was also a shipowner and merchant, and held a number of business appointments including as a Director of the London and North Eastern Railway, of the Central Argentine Railway, of the Mercantile Bank of India, of Phoenix Assurance Company, and of Cable and Wireless Ltd.
In 1926, at age 51, he married Ethel Broom, only daughter of Sir James Broom, and died at Tullybelton, Perthshire in 1940, leaving three daughters (June, Rosemary and Caroline). The peerage became extinct upon his death.
- "1875 BARRIE, CHARLES COUPAR (Statutory registers Births 644/13 486)". Scotland's People. National Records of Scotland and the Court of the Lord Lyon.
- "Obituary: Lord Abertay". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 9 December 1940. p. 7.
- "No. 34884". The London Gazette. 28 June 1940. p. 3941.
- Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage, 1948
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Charles Barrie
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Elgin Burghs
| Member of Parliament for Banffshire
| Member of Parliament for Southampton
With: William Craven-Ellis
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
|New creation|| Baron Abertay
26 June 1940 – 6 December 1940
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