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Agricultural Societies

agricultural societies

Irish Agricultural Organization Society

Royal Agricultural Society

Irish Agricultural Organization Society

Irish Agricultural Organization Society

British Agricultural History Society

Irish Agricultural Organisation Society

British Agricultural History Society

GODLEY, Eveline Charlotte (died 1951), Fellow Royal Agricultural Society

WHITEHEAD, Charles (1834 - 1912), Vice-President Royal Agricultural Society

WILSON, Jacob (1836 - 1905), Director of the Land Division and Agricultural Adviser of the Board of Agriculture (retired); and Hon. director Royal Agricultural Society

RUNGE, Charles David (1944 - 2006), Hon. Secretary, Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth, since 2000; Chief Executive, Royal Agricultural Society of England, 1992–2000

CARTER, Arthur Herbert (1890 - 1979), JP; Council of Royal Agricultural Society of England (Vice-President); Council of Lincolnshire Agricultural Society (Chairman, 1946–47)

NANAVATI, Manilal B. (1877 - 1967), President, Indian Society of Agricultural Economics, 1942–53

BENNETT, Thomas William Westropp (1867 - 1962), Chairman of Irish Agricultural Wholesale Society, 151 Thoms Street, Dublin

HORDERN, Samuel (1909 - 1960), President of Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales, Australia, since 1954

PELL, Albert (1820 - 1907), DL; late Member of Council of Royal Agricultural Society of England

Liddell, Henry George (1821 - 1903), President of Institute of Naval Architects, of Royal Agricultural Society


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The Royal Society, founded in 1660, made enquiries into agriculture during its early years. Agriculture was among the chief concerns of the Society of Improvers, founded in Scotland in 1723, the Dublin Society, formed in 1731, and the Society of Arts (1754). The Smithfield Club (1798) was established to promote the improvement of livestock. At the annual dinner of the Smithfield Club in 1837 the third Earl Spencer proposed the formation of the Royal Agricultural Society of England, which was founded the following year. It was concerned to show how scientific discoveries could help the advancement of agriculture and it quickly attracted the support of influential landowners. The Farmers’ Club, founded in London in 1842, was another influential body. Some local societies came into existence, inspired by the Society of Arts; the first was the Brecknockshire Society (1755). Numerous local societies were founded in many parts of Britain during the period 1750–1850; about 400 were in existence by 1840. See Nicholas Goddard, ‘Agricultural Literature and Societies’, in G. E. Mingay (ed.), The Agrarian History of England and Wales, vi: 1750–1850 (1989). See also shows, agricultural.

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