Francis Plowden

(1749—1829) lawyer and historian

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(1749–1829), cleric and writer. Born in Shropshire, Plowden was educated by Jesuits in France and became the master of their college at Bruges until the suppression of the order in 1773. A legal career followed, and he subsequently published a series of legal and political texts, notably his Historical Review of the State of Ireland (1803). Sponsored by the government, this supported the Act of Union, and also sought to refute Musgrave's allegations that the insurrection of 1798 had been a Catholic conspiracy. Further writings followed. In 1813, under threat of bankruptcy from libel damages, Plowden fled to France, working until his death at the Scots' College there.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.

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