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Making hay when the sun don't shine: the Rev. William Richardson, science and society in early nineteenth-century Ireland

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Blackstock, Allan (2011) Making hay when the sun don't shine: the Rev. William Richardson, science and society in early nineteenth-century Ireland. Irish Historical Studies, xxxvii (147). pp. 396-411. [Journal article]

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Abstract

The Reverend William Richardson is known to historians as one of the founders of the Irish Yeomanry in 1796. It is less well known that he was a prolific and important writer on agricultural improvement and geology, who included Humphry Davy and Sir Joseph Banks amongst his correspondents. Although Richardson's ideas on improvement were eventually discredited, in their contemporary context they provide a rare insight into scientific interactions between Ireland and Britain. This article also argues that Richardson's input into Belfast's intellectual life can be contextualised in terms of a struggle between radical and moderate groups to dominate the town's civic identity in the decade after Union.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Richardson, Fiorin Grass, Belfast, Associational Culture, 1798 rebellion, provincial science
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > History
ID Code:20002
Deposited By:Dr Allan Blackstock
Deposited On:14 Sep 2011 13:55
Last Modified:14 Sep 2011 13:55

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