Charles Barrie, 1st Baron Abertay

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Charles Barrie

Charles Coupar Barrie, 1st Baron Abertay, KBE, JP, DL (7 June 1875[1] – 6 December 1940) was a Scottish businessman and Liberal Party and later Liberal National politician in the United Kingdom.[2]

Background and education[edit]

Charles Barrie was born in Glasgow, the eldest son of Sir Charles Barrie, Lord Provost of Dundee, and Jane Ann Cathro. He was educated at the High School of Dundee and Blairlodge School, Polmont.[2]

Political career[edit]

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.[3] He also held the Russian Order of St Stanislaus and the Danish Order of the Dannebrog.

Business career[edit]

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.

Personal life[edit]

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).[4] The peerage became extinct upon his death.[2]


  1. ^ "1875 BARRIE, CHARLES COUPAR (Statutory registers Births 644/13 486)". Scotland's People. National Records of Scotland and the Court of the Lord Lyon.
  2. ^ a b c "Obituary: Lord Abertay". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 9 December 1940. p. 7.
  3. ^ "No. 34884". The London Gazette. 28 June 1940. p. 3941.
  4. ^ Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage, 1948

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Sutherland
Member of Parliament for Elgin Burghs
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Walter Waring
Member of Parliament for Banffshire
Succeeded by
William Templeton
Preceded by
Ralph Morley
Tommy Lewis
Member of Parliament for Southampton
With: William Craven-Ellis
Succeeded by
William Craven-Ellis
John Reith
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Abertay
26 June 1940 – 6 December 1940