He was educated at Winchester and Trinity College, Cambridge.
He was re-elected with a large majority in January 1910
He was returned unopposed in December 1910. He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Prime Minister H. H. Asquith from 1910 to 1916. After the war he tried unsuccessfully to return to parliament, standing as Liberal candidate for Hull North West at the general elections of 1922, 1923 and 1924.
Apart from his political career he was a Justice of the Peace for the West Riding of Yorkshire.
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Barran was elected to the House of Commons at a by-election in March 1909 as the Member of Parliament (Member of Parliament) for Hawick Burghs.