Richard Valentine Williams
Robert Dick Megaw (1869 - 1947):
Robert Megaw was born at Ballyboyland, near Ballymoney, County Antrim, eldest son of John Megaw JP, the campaigner for tenant rights, and brother of John Megaw, later Sir John, the distinguished doctor and administrator.
He was educated at Ballymoney Intermediate School, the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and Queen's College, Belfast. He was called to the Irish Bar in 1893 and was Professor of Common Law at King's Inns from 1912 to 1914. He was appointed King's Counsel in 1921. In 1921, he was elected to the Northern Ireland Parliament of as one of seven members for County Antrim (though lost his seat in the election of 1925), serving as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Home Affairs from 1921 to 1925, when he was appointed by the Minister of Home Affairs as a Commissioner from 1925-26 to inquire into the administration of the Housing Acts by Belfast Corporation. He was Judicial Commissioner of the Land Purchase Commission of Northern Ireland from 1927 to 1937 and Chancery Judge of the High Court of Northern Ireland from 1932 to 1943. He was also a member of the Senate of Queen's University, Belfast and the Megaw Reading Room in the Lynn Library, Queen's University, Belfast, named after him and created through the generosity of the Megaw family, was opened in 1952. He died on 2nd May 1947.
Wesley McCann; Biographical Archive, Mellon Centre for Migration Studies, County Tyrone
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