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Mr. Barnaby was the father of Tom Barnaby and a mentioned-only character in the episodes Sauce for the Goose and The Made-to-Measure Murders until Fit For Murder, where he makes a briefly appearance in Tom's mind.

Barnaby Senior married the sister of Alice Bly[1] before the 20th April 1943, on which day they welcomed their only child Thomas Geoffrey Barnaby[2]. Young Tom may have been named after his paternal grandfather[3].

Barnaby Senior had died prior to 1996[4] on his birthday, whilst on a fishing trip. He and his son Tom had an argument that day and Tom regretted this for years afterwards[5].

He died at the same age Tom was during the events of Fit For Murder and this played on Tom's mind and was a deciding factor for Tom to retire. According to Tom, he liked Plummer's Relish[6].

Barnaby Senior had at least one sibling - Ned Barnaby who may have been fairly younger than him, as Ned's son John was at least twenty years younger than Tom.



  1. As stated in Blue Herrings
  2. As stated in Picture of Innocence
  3. In The Green Man, Tom Barnaby states that his grandfather was also named Tom
  4. Barnaby Senior is implied to died prior to his wife, who died a 'few years' prior to Blue Herrings
  5. As stated in Fit for Murder
  6. As stated in Sauce for the Goose