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Patrick Barrington
Patrick William Daines Barrington, 11th Viscount Barrington of Ardglass (born 29 October 1908 6 April 1990) was an Anglo-Irish peer and a writer of humorous verse. He was the son of the Hon. Walter Bernard Louis Barrington and Eleanor Nina Snagge. He was educated at Eton College and at Magdalen College, Oxford University. He is remembered for his humorous verse, which was featured in Punch Magazine during the 1930s. A collection of his poems, including his best-known work, The Diplomatic Platypus, was published: Patrick Barrington, Songs of a Sub-Man, Methuen & Company Ltd, 1934. On 4 October, 1960 he succeeded to the titles of 5th Baron Shute of Becket, co. Berks; 11th Viscount Barrington of Ardglass, co. Down; and 11th Baron Barrington of Newcastle, Co. Limerick. On his death, his titles became extinct. See also: Viscount Barrington

the diplomatic platypus
 
 
I had a duck-billed platypus when I was up at Trinity,
With whom I soon discovered a remarkable... [read poem]
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