Barry, Edward (1696-1776) (DNB00)

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BARRY, Sir EDWARD (1696–1776), physician, was a scholar of Trinity College, Dublin, 1716, and graduated B.A. in 1717, and M.D. in 1740. In 1719 he graduated M.D. at Leyden; a copy of his Latin ‘Dissertatio Medica de Nutritione’ on the occasion is in the British Museum Library. In 1733 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society. He was admitted a fellow of the King and Queen's College of Physicians (Ireland) in 1740, and was its president in 1749. In 1743–4 he was elected to the Irish House of Commons for the borough of Charleville, which he continued to represent for several years. During this period he was practising medicine in Dublin, was physician-general to the forces in Ireland, and professor of physic in the university of Dublin. In 1761 he left Ireland and was incorporated M.D. at Oxford, and received from that university a license to practise, of which he availed himself in London. In 1762 he was admitted a fellow of the College of Physicians of London. He was created a baronet in 1775. He was succeeded in the baronetcy by his eldest son Nathaniel, a distinguished physician of Dublin.

Sir Edward Barry was the author of: 1. ‘A Treatise on a Consumption of the Lungs,’ Dublin, 8vo, 1726. 2. ‘A Treatise on the Three different Digestions and Discharges of the Human Body, and the Diseases of their Principal Organs,’ Lond., 8vo, 1759. 3. ‘Observations, Historical, Critical, and Medical, on the Wines of the Ancients, and the Analogy between them and the Modern Wines,’ 4to, Lond. 1775.

Sir Edward Barry was the first who treated the subject of wines in this country scientifically. In 1824 Henderson, in his history of wines, embodied the substance of Sir Edward's book.

[Munk's Roll of the Royal College of Physicians; Beatson's Political Index; Gent. Mag. xlvi. 192; Catalogue of Graduates in University of Dublin; List of the Fellows of the Royal Society; Journals of the House of Commons of Ireland from 1613 to 1661, Dublin, 1753.]

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