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Science, politics and society in early nineteenth-century Ireland: The Reverend William Richardson

Allan Blackstock


I love controversy’ claimed the Reverend William Richardson (1740–1820). Though a rural Irish rector, Richardson was a clerical polymath with wide-ranging interests in botany and geology who had international connections at the highest level. This book explores all the dimensions of Richardson's extraordinary scientific career and assesses his interventions in Irish loyalist politics at the time of the 1798 rebellion. He was a prolific writer who contributed to the debate on the origin of basalt at the Giant's Causeway, refuting claims that it was volcanic. His main project, however, was agric ... More

Keywords: Agricultural improvement, 1798 rebellion, Botany, Basalt, Irish Union, Napoleonic Wars, Provincial science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780719085185
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719085185.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Allan Blackstock, author