J. Quinlan Esq., High Sheriff, Barrack Street, Waterford

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Where: Waterford, Ireland

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When: 23 February 1910

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A handsome man in full finery with a grand title - the perfect combination for a magnificent portrait by Arthur Henri Poole!

From today's contributions, we now know that this is Alderman James Quinlan. He was elected by Waterford's city councillors to act as "High Sheriff of Waterford City" for the year 1909. As his tenure was seemingly March 1909 to March 1910, if our February 1910 date is correct, this portrait was captured towards the end of his term-of-office. He continued to play a role as city councillor and alderman for some years after....

Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford

Date: ca. 23 February 1910

NLI Ref: POOLEWP 2007a

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    • 23/Aug/2016 08:38:21

    From the Irish Times of March 6, 1909: "Before Mr. H.F. Feeley, Commissioner for Oaths, Mr. James Quinlan was sworn in as High Sherriff of the City of Waterford, and Mr. James Collins as Under-Sherriff." If he was sworn in in March 1909, he must be near the end of his term.

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    • 23/Aug/2016 08:42:12

    Man boobs ! It looks like another Quinlan, "M.", the Mayor of Waterford, liked full finery too - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000591753

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    • 23/Aug/2016 10:24:02

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] It looks like he was appointed again to the same office in January 1911 as per the Irish Times

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    • 23/Aug/2016 10:29:58

    It seems clear that he was High Sheriff for 1909 and 1911

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 23/Aug/2016 10:47:41

    Interesting https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia (the Quinlan connection rather than the shape made by the chain :) ) Do we think M Quinlan (Mayor) and J Quinlan (Sheriff) were related? Or just lots of Quinlans in that part of the world...?

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    • 23/Aug/2016 11:50:06

    Esquire. Well then. Very fancy gentleman.

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    • 23/Aug/2016 13:22:00

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Wasn't it Maurice Quinlan in 1911?

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    • 23/Aug/2016 16:09:01

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] As usual, I stand corrected, of course you are right. D

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    • 23/Aug/2016 19:21:18

    The role of High Sheriff is an interesting one! Per Wikipedia:- The High Sheriff of County Waterford was the Sovereign's judicial representative in County Waterford. Initially an office for lifetime, assigned by the Sovereign, the High Sheriff became an annual appointment following the Provisions of Oxford in 1258. Besides his judicial importance, the sheriff had ceremonial and administrative functions and executed High Court Writs. The first (High) Shrievalties were established before the Norman Conquest in 1066 and date back to Saxon times. In 1908, an Order in Council made the Lord-Lieutenant the Sovereign's prime representative in a county and reduced the High Sheriff's precedence. Despite however that the office retained his responsibilities for the preservation of law and order in a county, The list laid out in Wiki does not include any James Quinlan! 1900: Lucien William Bonaparte Wyse of the Manor of St Johns6 1901: Richard John Ussher of Cappagh House6 1902: John Henry Graham Holroyd Smyth 6 1903: 1905: William Joseph Gallwey of Rockfield, Tramore 1906: John Congreve of Mount Congreve6 1907: Henry Chavasse 39 1908: William Moore Perceval-Maxwell of Moore Hill, Tallow6 1909: Hon. Claud Anson5 1909: Robert Conway Dobbs Dobbs5 1910: James Grove White of Kilbyrne6 1911: 1913: John William Rivallon de la Poher Poer, 2nd (papal) Count de la Poer5 1914: Sir Herbert William Davis-Goff, 2nd Baronet5 1915: 1919: Sir Alexander Kay Muir, 2nd Baronet

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    • 23/Aug/2016 22:30:26

    Interesting indeed [https://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie] . The cities however (including Waterford) had a different Sheriff. Hence why Quinlan isn't in the list of "High Sheriffs of County Waterford" (as he was "High Sheriff of Waterford (City)". I went looking for him in the funny pages newspaper archives, and in one notice about the opening of a bazaar he is listed alongside the County Sheriff:

    Bazaar AND Sale of Work To be held in the Courthouse Grounds, Waterford, On Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday June 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th, 1909. By kind permission of the Hon. C Anson, County High Sheriff, and Alderman James Quinlan, City High Sheriff
    (Munster Express - Sat 22 May 1909) He also shows up as a patron of the 1909 Waterford Regatta, in which Munster Express report (and I am not exaggerating here), the writer nearly busts a gut and runs out of ink listing all the pieces played "pleasingly" and "in capital style" by the Barrack Street Brass and Reed Band. (Clearly an improvement in the music and choice of musicians since the 1901 event). Anyway, as [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] and [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] confirm, he was no longer High Sheriff by April 1910. Based on a report from that month, on the premature death of the poor mans wife, which describes him as the Ex-Sheriff. Below. So, "our" image here is clearly taken at the very close of his tenure. www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/28900639040/ (Butte Independent - Sat 9 Apr 1910)

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 23/Aug/2016 22:49:41

    Excellent stuff as usual all. Have updated description and tags to try to summarise. I've also updated the image location to the same map coordinates (on the Mall) that we've used for other Poole Studio images.

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 29/Aug/2016 09:00:26

    Magnificent capture