Sir Richard Cox Bart. Lord Chancellor of Ireland

This page is dedicated to setting out information I have found for this gentleman, who it seems was so instrumental in bring some measure of prosperity to the poor of Southern Ireland in the aftermath of The Commonwealth. There are great many details to be found some of which cannot be correct, such as the instance of the following extract which is in contradiction with one source for his death as being 3rd May 1733 aged 83 at Dunmanway, Ireland. There is an obvious error somewhere and is unlikely to be the date stated in this extract or he died very near to, after his new possession!

Gentleman's Magazine Vol 19 Oct 1749 Page 463

Submission from the Remembrances, Oct 14.

THIS writer quotes a saying of Themistocles the Athenian: "Put but a poor and languid city under my care, and I will render it rich and flourishing"

Which kind of ability, is what alone, he says, constitutes a great and able politician.


Sir Richard Cox of Ireland. in the year 1733, came into the possession of a large, fruitful, but uncultivated tract of land, inhabited by a race of beggars, grown by habitual wretchedness so harden'd , that, tho' sensible of the smart, they were not ashamed to prefer hunger and idleness to labour and competency.


He, therefore, directed his thoughts to remedy this evil; and wisely concluded that nothing but the establishment of a staple manufacture on the premises would answer the purpose.


For very sufficient reasons he chose the linen; and having procured a quantity of flax seed in 1735, prevailed with them to sow it; and by the dint of perseverance, and a series of admirable expedients to rectify his own mistakes, to render sloth infamous, to excite emulation, to increase his colony; if it may be so called, and to interest all the passions of those concerned in its success, he has at last fixed it on such an establishment, as, if the same laws are observed, bids fair to be perpetual.


Already the little town has undergone a wonderful change; for, whereas, in 1735, it contained ay most but 50 houses, many of them fit only for beggars, it now contains 117 houses, whose inhabitants are fully employed, and take, and take pleasure in being so.


This is true patriotism and policy united; a sphere of ambition, that every gentleman may follow innocently, laudably, and profitably.



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