Obituary: Richard Manliffe Barrington

Published on 01 November 1915 in Obituaries

No adequate idea can be given of the loss which the death of Richard M. Barrington has inflicted on Irish Natural History. His death through sudden heart failure when motoring home from Dublin on the afternoon of September 15th was to his numberless friends as startling a blow as it was grievous. Though in his sixty-seventh year, he lived a life of such strenwras activity as seemed to denote a thoroughly robust man, though he was himself well aware t h a t he had begun to pay the debt imposed on him by his early exploits as an Alpine climber–particularly by his exertions in the summer of 1882, when in eleven days he ascended the Matterhorn, Jungfrau, Finsteraarhorn and Schreckhorn, with an equal number of high passes, totalling 84,500 feet. The leading ornithologist in Ireland since Ussher’s death, he had as an all-round naturalist been the central figure in the scientific circles of his native country ever since A. G. More, who had been his lifelong friend, passed away in 1895. Among the leading zoologists and botanists of the United Kingdom there were few whose friendship he had not won, and he had in a no less remarkable degree the confidence of the large circle of lesser naturalists and beginners who felt the force of his magnetic zeal. Of an old family known to have settled in the Queen’s Co. about 1564, Richard Manliffe Barrington was bom at Fassaroe, co. Wicklow, on the 22nd of May, 1849. His parents

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