Statements of tribute to Lord Carswell
The Most Revd John McDowell, Archbishop of Armagh, and the Rt Revd the Lord Eames have paid tribute to the Rt Hon the Lord Carswell following the announcement of his death.
The former Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, Lord of Appeal–in–Ordinary and member of the Supreme Court of Judicature in Northern Ireland served as a Chancellor of both the Diocese of Armagh and the Diocese of Down and Dromore.
Archbishop McDowell remarked: “Lord Carswell made a significant contribution to the administration of justice in Northern Ireland, during what were often difficult and extremely dangerous times.
On top of an acute and penetrating legal mind, he had great administrative flair which made him both an ideal Lord Chief Justice and judge of the Supreme Court. In both his professional and his personal life, Lord Carswell’s civility and sense of fairness were always in evidence.
He also gave generously of his time and talents to the good governance of the Church and made himself available to give advice on matters relating to church governance to a succession of bishops and archbishops, and did so with immense conscientiousness and cheerfulness.
May his whole family know the peace and comfort of the God whom he served with such devotion.”
Lord Eames, a friend of Lord and Lady Carswell for many years, paid tribute to “a man of utmost integrity who contributed immensely to the public life of Northern Ireland not least in the dark hours of the Troubles.”
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