Sir Frederick Shaw

(11/12/1799 - 30/06/1876)

Sir Frederick Shaw, 3rd Baronet, politician and judge, lived in Kimmage Manor and owned lands in Crumlin and Terenure.

He was born on 11 December 1799 in Dublin, left an indelible mark on Irish politics and the judiciary during the 19th century. The scion of the prominent Shaw family, he was the second son of Sir Robert Shaw, a distinguished banker and politician, and Maria Wilkinson. Shaw’s educational journey took him to Trinity College Dublin, where he obtained his BA and MA in 1832, later adding LLB and LLD in 1841. He furthered his academic pursuits at Brasenose College, University of Oxford, earning a BA. Delving into the legal realm, he became a member of King’s Inns, Dublin, and was called to the Irish Bar in 1822.

His legal acumen propelled him into the judicial sphere, assuming the roles of Recorder of Dundalk in 1826 and later Recorder of Dublin from 1828 to 1876. Despite these appointments, Shaw’s dual role as a judge and Member of Parliament faced scrutiny, yet he navigated this with commendable diligence. His commitment to his judicial responsibilities did not preclude his political involvement. Shaw held the title of MP for Dublin City in 1830–1831 and 1832, later representing Dublin University from 1832 to 1848. Renowned as the leader of the Irish Conservative Party, he earned accolades for his dedication to the cause.

A devoted member of the Church of Ireland and a prominent figure in the Orange Order, Shaw’s political career wasn’t without controversy. Accusations of bias against Roman Catholics surfaced, sparking heated debates in the House of Commons. Despite such challenges, Shaw staunchly defended his position, earning praise for his fervent advocacy for his beliefs.

In a notable twist, Shaw opted to reside in Kimmage Manor, a decision made upon succeeding to the Baronetcy in 1869. He extended and developed Kimmage, choosing it over the family residence in Terenure.

Sir Frederick Shaw’s political journey, marked by leadership, unwavering principles, and occasional controversies, continued until his death on 30 June 1876. Interred in Saint Mary’s Church, Crumlin, Dublin, his legacy endured through his eldest son, Robert Shaw, who succeeded to the baronetcy.

Beyond the political arena, Shaw’s life is intertwined with the landscapes of Kimmage and Crumlin, reflecting a deep connection to the places he called home. His multifaceted legacy serves as a testament to the intricate interplay of politics, law, and personal convictions in 19th-century Ireland.

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Connection with area: MP, Judge, Recorder who own and lived in Kimmage Manor and much of the estates in Terenure, Crumlin and Kimmage.