Sir George Clark, 1st Baronet

Sir George Smith Clark, 1st Baronet, DL (8 November 1861 – 23 March 1935) was a businessman and politician in Northern Ireland. George S. Clark was born in Paisley, Scotland the second son of thread manufacturer James Clark, and Jane Smith; both his parents were Scottish Presbyterians.

George Smith Clark
Born(1861-11-08)8 November 1861
Died23 March 1935(1935-03-23) (aged 73)
Resting placeBelfast City Cemetery
Alma materMerchiston Castle School
Years active1877–1935
Partner(s)Frances Elizabeth Matier
ChildrenSir George Clark, 2nd Baronet (1882–1950)
Henry Douglas Clark (1889–1952)

Early life

Clark was educated at Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh. He was apprenticed to Harland and Wolff in Belfast and, in 1877, opened his own shipyard on the river Lagan with Frank Workman. Clark's mother's brother, George Smith, was able to provide capital for this initial venture. In 1891 the firm became Workman, Clark and Company. During the First World War the shipyard concentrated on Admiralty work and it was for this that, in 1917, Clark received the Baronetcy of Dunlambert.[1]

Personal life

In 1881 Clark married Frances Matier, and became a director of her family's linen firm; Henry Matier & Co. The couple had two sons.

A leading Belfast Unionist

In a 1907 by-election he became Member of Parliament for North Belfast, retiring in 1910 to devote more attention to his business affairs. In 1913 the Workman Clark shipyard had assisted the UVF with the Larne gun running campaign encouraged by Sir Edward Carson. In 1925 Clark became a Unionist Senator in the Northern Ireland parliament. He remained in this position until his death at his home, Dunlambert, Fortwilliam Park, Belfast, on 23 March 1935. He also served as a Deputy Lieutenant and director of the Bank of Ireland.

Death and legacy

He was buried on 26 March in Belfast City Cemetery. The virtues of company law are such that despite the ruin of Workman, Clark & Co. Ltd. Sir George died a millionaire.

Upon his death his son, Sir George Clark, 2nd Baronet, succeeded to the baronetcy; he was a Cambridge-educated naval architect and soldier (d. 1950).


  1. "No. 30224". The London Gazette. 10 August 1917. p. 8130.


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Daniel Dixon, Bt
Member of Parliament for Belfast North
1907January 1910
Succeeded by
Robert Thompson
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