William Evelyn Wylie: Papers

PRO 30/89
William Evelyn Wylie: Papers

These are mainly family papers including many photographs of William Evelyn Wylie KC, but a few touch on his work as legal adviser to the Irish government 1918 to 1920, judge of the High Court of the Irish Free State, and for numerous public and private organisations.

Marion Wylie and John E Wylie also transferred to the Public Record Office such copyrights as they owned in the papers.

Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Not Public Record
William Evelyn Wylie, 1881-1964
Physical description:
43 files, photographs and volumes
Access conditions:
Immediate source of acquisition:
in 1983 and John E Wylie
in 1983 Marion Wylie
Administrative / biographical background:

William Wylie was born in Dublin, but grew up in Coleraine. He was educated at Coleraine Academical Institution and Trinity College, Dublin and was called to the Irish bar in 1905, becoming a King's Counsel in 1914. From 1915 to 1918 he was a lieutenant in the Territorial Army, serving with the Trinity College Officer Training Corps in Dublin, where he took part in the defence of the university and its environs during the 1916 Dublin rising. He was subsequently appointed prosecuting officer at the trial of the leaders of the rising.

After serving in the offices of the Adjutant-General and the Attorney-General of Ireland, he became Law Adviser to the Irish Government, 1919-1920. He was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Judicature of Ireland in 1920 and of the High Court of the Irish Free State in 1924, serving as a Judicial Commissioner to the Irish Land Commission until his retirement in 1936.

Wylie held a number of appointments on public and private bodies, including the Dublin United Tramways Company, merged later into the Great Southern Railway, later the Coras Iompair Eireann. He was chairman of the Irish Railways Wages Board, 1922-1944; vice-chairman of the Irish Betting Control Board, 1930-1945; president of the Royal Dublin Society, 1939-1941, and chairman of its Executive Committee, 1937-1960; vice-chairman of the Irish Red Cross Society, 1939-1946; and was associated with various organisations in the fields of charity, hunting, racing and show-jumping.

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