An account of how the members of one family not only grew to dominate the civic life of Congleton in the 16th and 17th centuries, but found themselves at the political epicentre of events during the English Civil War and later became influential in Irish political ambition and the fight for independence. One member, Richard, was twice mayor of Congleton, while his nephew, Thomas, became clerk to the regicide, John Bradshaw, and his trustee on the latter’s death in 1659. It was Thomas’s descendants who became influential in Irish politics – one became Chancellor of the Exchequer for Ireland, another, Charles Stewart Parnell, became an untiring advocate for Irish home rule.
Author: David Daniel
Booklet size: A5