Sir Edward Archdale, 1st Baronet

Archdale in 1921.

Sir Edward Mervyn Archdale, 1st Baronet, PC (Ire), DL (26 January 1853 – 1 November 1943) was a Northern Irish politician.

Archdale was born the son of Nicholas Montgomery Archdale and his wife Adelaide Mary (née Porter) in Rossfad, County Fermanagh. He was educated at the Naval School in Portsmouth and entered the Royal Navy in 1866. He was promoted Lieutenant in 1875 and retired in 1880.

He was appointed High Sheriff of Fermanagh for 1884. In 1898 he was elected Conservative Member of Parliament for North Fermanagh. He resigned in 1903, but regained the seat in 1916. The seat was abolished in 1922.

In 1921 he stood for the new Parliament of Northern Ireland and was elected for Fermanagh and Tyrone. He held that seat until 1929, and was then elected for Enniskillen, retiring in 1937.

From 1921 to 1925, he served as Minister of Agriculture and Commerce in the Government of Northern Ireland and continued as Minister of Agriculture from 1925 to 1933. As a landowner and practical farmer he was well-qualified for the job.

Archdale was appointed to the Privy Council of Ireland in the 1921 New Year Honours, entitling him to the style "The Right Honourable", and was created a baronet in 1928.[1] He was succeeded in the baronetcy by his eldest son, Vice-Admiral Sir Nicholas Edward Archdale.


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Richard Martin Dane
Member of Parliament for North Fermanagh
Succeeded by
Edward Mitchell
Preceded by
Godfrey Fetherstonhaugh
Member of Parliament for North Fermanagh
Succeeded by
Thomas Harbison
as MP for Fermanagh and Tyrone
Parliament of Northern Ireland
New constituency
Member of Parliament for Enniskillen
Succeeded by
Erne Ferguson
Political offices
First Minister of Commerce of Northern Ireland
Succeeded by
John Milne Barbour
First Minister of Agriculture of Northern Ireland
Succeeded by
Sir Basil Brooke
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl Belmore
Lord Lieutenant of Tyrone
Succeeded by
The Duke of Abercorn
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
William Lyons
Grand Master of the Orange Institution of Ireland
Succeeded by
Sir Joseph Davison
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
of Riversdale, Fermanagh
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Archdale, 2nd Baronet
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