Lord Edward Carson
BIRTHDAY : February 9, 1854
BIRTHPLACE : Ireland
DEATH DATE : Oct 22, 1935
AGE : 81
He is Irish statesman and Unionist politician who served in the Cabinet of the United Kingdom. He was leader of the Irish Unionist Alliance and Ulster Unionist Party between 1910 and 1921, held numerous positions in the Cabinet of the United Kingdom and served as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. He was one of the few people not a monarch to receive a British state funeral. Historian John Brown says that “His larger than life-size statue, erected in his own lifetime in front of the Northern Ireland parliament at Stormont, symbolizes the widely held perception that Northern Ireland is Carson’s creation.
Before fame hewas the son of an architect, and he studied law at Trinity College, Dublin. The Carsons were of Scottish origin, Edward’s grandfather having originally moved to Dublin from Dumfries in 1815. Carson’s mother was Isabella Lambert, the daughter of Captain Peter Lambert, part of an old Anglo-Irish family, the Lamberts of Castle Ellen, County Galway. Carson spent holidays at Castle Ellen, which was owned by his uncle. He was one of six children. Edward was educated at Portarlington School, Wesley College, Dublin and Trinity College, Dublin, where he read law and was an active member of the College Historical Society. He also played with the college hurling team – a precursor to the modern day hockey club. Carson graduated BA and MA.
He is often credited with having created Northern Ireland. He was married twice; first, to Annette Kirwan, the daughter of a county inspector. He had two sons and two daughters by his first wife, The first Lady Carson died on 6 April 1913. His second wife was Ruby Frewen, a Yorkshirewoman, the daughter of Lt.-Col. Stephen Frewen. They were married on 17 September 1914; she was 29 and he was 60. They had one son.
He and Oscar Wilde knew each other during their days at Trinity College, Dublin. This fact, however, did not stop Carson from serving as the lead prosecutor in Wilde’s 1895 trial for criminal libel.