The Times/1921/Obituary/Henry Brougham Leech

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Obituary: Henry Brougham Leech  (1921) 

The Times, Saturday, Mar 26, 1921; Issue 42678; pg. 11; col D — Mr. H. Brougham Leech.


The death has occurred of Mr. Henry Brougham Leech, LL.D., a well-known Irish lawyer and professor of Dublin University.

Born in 1843 at Moy, Co. Tyrone, the second son of the Rev. J. Leech, D.D., he first graduated at Trinity College, Dublin and then proceeded to to Caius College, Cambridge, of which he became a Fellow. Called to the Irish Bar in 1871, he soon became recognized as an authority on international law and jurisprudence, of which he became successively Deputy Regius Professor of English Law and Regius Professor of Laws, 1898–1908. From 1891 until 1908 he was also a land registrar, and from 1898 Registrar of Titles.

Mr. Leech wrote much on legal questions and also on Irish politics. Like most his generation, he was a pronounced Unionist, as his pamphlet on "The Continuity of the Irish Revolutionary Movement" and his letters to The Times on Irish taxation demonstrated.

The Irish Bar has always been noted for its social qualities, and in the Dublin Law Library, until his retirement, Brougham Leech was well known for his fund of anecdote and his genial and hospitable activities. He married in 1875 a daughter of Mr. William Garbois, of Dublin, and had five sons and one daughter.