Sir Francis Tress Barry

Sir Francis Tress Barry was MP for Windsor from 1890 to 1906.

Barry was born in 1825 in Orpington Kent. He left school at 16 and went to Spain to work in business in Bilbao. By 1846 he had become vice-consul for the Biscaya province, and during the 1850s he made a fortune from a Portuguese copper mine. He was ennobled as Baron de Barry in 1837 by the King of Portugal.

In 1872 he purchased the country estate St Leonard’s Hill, and got involved with philanthropic projects in Windsor. During the 1880s he financed the building and fitting out of new consulting rooms and a children’s ward at the Infirmary on Victoria Street, as well as an isolation ward with nurses rooms. He became president of the Hospital in 1888.

Barry was made a baronet in 1899.

Outside of Windsor he financed the excavation of Nybster Brochan Iron Age drystone structure in Scotland, where he had bought Keiss Castle. There is a Catalogue of Material held in the National Monuments Record of Scotland of all his excavations.