Following the death of Frances Lupton in 1892, Rowland lived near Leeds at Frances's Beechwood Estate which had been entailed to her eldest son and fellow Liberal politician Francis Martineau Lupton. Barran remained at Beechwood until Francis Martineau's death in 1921. Lupton and his family also owned the Newton Park Estate (North Leeds), the constituency of which Barran was M.P. from 1902 -1918.
Barran became chairman of the family firm in 1918, succeeding his brother Charles Barran who had succeeded their father in this post in 1903.
He was a member of the Leeds City Council alongside Alderman Francis Martineau Lupton, and served on the Leeds School Board before his election to parliament.
He was elected to the Parliament for Leeds North in a by-election on 29 July 1902 (caused by the elevation of William Jackson to the peerage), and served until the General Election of 14 December 1918.
During the course of the first world war, Barran indicated that he wished to stand down at the next election, probably to concentrate more on his business interests as in 1918 he became chairman of the family firm of clothing manufacturers, taking over that position from his brother.
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(Sir) Rowland Hirst Barran (1858–1949), of Beechwood, Roundhay, was sixth son of Sir John Barran, and MP, North Leeds (the Newton Park area), 1902–18; his was a famous victory attributed by Nonconformists and Passive Resisters to his .....
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Rowland Hirst Barran, of Beechwood, Roundhay, ...
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Francis Martineau Lupton was a wealthy mill owner and industrialist turned philanthropist who owned Potternewton Hall (Estate) in Leeds and later lived in Georgian splendour in a rural mansion known as Beechwood.
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BIRTHS. BARRAN.—September 19, 1892 at Beechwood, Roundhay, the wife of Rowland H. Barren, a daughter...
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- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Rowland Barran
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1902 – 1918