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Science, politics and society in early nineteenth-century IrelandThe Reverend William Richardson$
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Allan Blackstock

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719085185

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719085185.001.0001

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‘Virtue appears like an Oak’:1 William Richardson's family and background

‘Virtue appears like an Oak’:1 William Richardson's family and background

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(p.1) 1 ‘Virtue appears like an Oak’:1 William Richardson's family and background
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Science, politics and society in early nineteenth-century Ireland
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Allan Blackstock

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719085185.003.0001

This chapter traces William Richardson's early background in terms of his education at Trinity College Dublin and family influences. Richardson's father died when he was very young and he was brought up by his mother, known as the ‘pocket Venus’, who focussed her attention on him. It is argued that a combination of being indulged in his youth and his own vigorous intellect shaped the personality of a man who refused to be contradicted and relished controversy and scientific polemics.

Keywords:   Richardson family, Dublin University, Scientific debate

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