Richard Bagwell

(1840—1918) historian

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(1840–1918), gentleman-historian, born in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, educated at Harrow and Oxford. The son of John Bagwell, Liberal MP for Clonmel 1857–74, Bagwell wrote a number of anti-home rule articles in the Dublin University Magazine. His life's work was Ireland under the Tudors (3 vols., 1885–90) and Ireland under the Stuarts and during the Interregnum (3 vols., 1909–16). His scholarship, based largely on printed sources, was solid and balanced if somewhat uncritical. Standish O'Grady in his populist Red Hugh's Captivity (1889) asked: ‘Has the reader ever rambled through Ireland under the Tudors on a holiday? Does he desire another pleasure trip of the sort?’

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.