Henry Blosse Lynch, soldier and explorer, is born in Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo. Lynch’s Explorations in Mesopotamia AT a meeting of the Geographical Society on November 25, thanks to the president of the India Board, a communication was read from Lieutenant Henry Blosse Lynch (1807-73) of tho Indian Navy relating to his survey of the River Tigris between Ctesiphon and Mosul. “Chains of triangles,” said Lynch, “covered Nineveh to Baghdad, Baghdad to Babylon, Babylon to Ctesiphon, Ctesiphon to Baghdad, and the mountains of Hamrin in two points, namely, where the Tigris bursts through them in the N., and Wiyalah to tho north-eastward; most of the principal points within the rango of these are fixed either by an extension of the trigonometric chains, or by latitudes and true bearings checked by longitudes; the great canals also have been touched by our work sufficiently to show their direction and position.
Lynch was the only son of the Mesopotamian explorer Thomas Kerr Lynch, of a landed Irish family based at Partry House, County Mayo, and Harriet Taylor, the daughter of Colonel Robert Taylor, a British political resident at Baghdad, and his Armenian wife. He was educated at Eton College, the University of Heidelberg, and Trinity College, Cambridge. Although called to the bar from the Middle Temple in 1887, he eschewed a career in law in favour of working for his family business, Lynch Brothers, a commercial firm founded in Baghdad in 1841 which exported goods from Britain to Mesopotamia. He became the company’s chairman in 1896.
Lynch was elected at the 1906 general election as Member of Parliament (MP) for Ripon, but was defeated at the January 1910 general election.
He died of pneumonia at Calais in 1913.