Sir Jonah Barrington, an Irish lawyer and author, born in Queen's county in 1767, died at Versailles, April 8, 1834. He was called to the Irish bar in 1788, and entered the Irish parliament in 1790, as member for Tuam. His maiden speech as a legislator was directed against Grattan and Curran. A sinecure in the Dublin custom house, worth £1,000 a year, was given to him in 1793, and he was made king's counsel. When the question of the union came up, however, he changed sides, voting against it, and displaying such zeal for the liberals, that in 1803 he was very nearly returned to parliament for the city of Dublin in the popular interest, the first four votes in his favor being those of Grattan, Curran, Pon-sonby, and Plunket. The Irish government tried to silence him by making him judge of the Irish admiralty court, and also knighting him. Between 1809 and 1815, dissatisfied at not having obtained higher preferment, ho published the first volume of his "Historic Memoirs of Ireland," comprising secret records of the national convention, the rebellion, and the union, with delineations of the principal characters engaged in these transactions, bring-imr the narrative down to the assertion of in-dependence by the Irish parliament.

The government dreaded the publication of the concluding volume, which he threatened, and, it is said, induced him to abandon it on condition of receiving the full salary of his office while residing in France, where he was obliged to take refuge from his creditors, his duties being performed by a deputy chosen and paid by the government. In 1827 he published two volumes of "Personal Sketches of his own Times," and a third volume appeared in 1832. This has been twice republished in the United States with great success. In 1830 he was charged in parliament with appropriating to his own use funds belonging to suitors in his court. He went to London to plead his cause, but was removed from office. He now prepared the second volume of his "Historic Memoirs." This work was subsequently reproduced in a cheap form as the "Rise and Fall of the Irish Nation." His sketches are untrustworthy in their details, but give a good idea of political, literary, and social Irish life during the last 40 years of the last century.