Richard Lawrence

(1639—1684) army officer and author

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(d. c.1684). Lawrence arrived as a colonel in Oliver Cromwell's army. Appointed governor of Waterford, he had the task of settling 1,200 soldiers on forfeited lands in south Leinster. He staunchly defended army interests in print against those, such as Vincent Gookin and William Petty, who opposed the wholesale transplantation of the Irish to Connacht. Receiving little land himself, Lawrence gravitated, like many other discontented officers, from Independency to Baptism. After the Restoration, he abandoned politics for trade, advocating the cultivation of hemp and flax and publishing in 1682 The Interest of Ireland in its Trade and Wealth.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.

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