Family Group Sheet
Family Group Sheet
NameRichard Lovell EDGWORTH
Birth1744
Death1817
Other spousesAnna Maria ELERS
SpouseFrances Ann BEAUFORT
Birth1769
Death1867
FatherDaniel Augustus BEAUFORT (1739-1821)
Children
Birth1812
Death1881
Birth1809
Death1846
Notes for Richard Lovell EDGWORTH
Richard Lovell Edgeworth (31 May 1744 – 13 June 1817) was an Anglo-Irish politician, writer and inventor.

Biography

Edgeworth was born in Pierrepont Street, Bath, England, grandson of Sir Salathiel Lovell through his daughter, Jane Lovell.

A Trinity College, Dublin and Oxford alumnus, he is credited for creating, among other inventions, a machine to measure the size of a plot of land. He also made strides in the developing educational methods. He anticipated the caterpillar track with an invention that he played around with for forty years but that he never successfully developed.[1]

He lived in Ireland at his estate at Edgeworthstown, County Longford where he reclaimed bogs and improved roads. He sat in Grattan's Parliament for St Johnstown (County Longford) from 1798 until the Act of Union in 1801 and advocated Catholic Emancipation and parliamentary reform. He was a founder-member of the Royal Irish Academy. He died in Edgworthstown on 13 June 1817.

Family

He was the father of Maria Edgeworth, Michael Pakenham Edgeworth, and 20 other children (by his four wives), and grandfather to Francis Ysidro Edgeworth.

By his first wife Anna Maria Elers Edgeworth had four children: Richard (1765–1796), died in America; Maria the novelist; Emmeline, married to J. King of Clifton; and Anna Maria, married to Dr. Thomas Beddoes.
By his second wife Honora Sneyd[2] he had Lovell, who inherited the property, and Honora, a beauty, who died in 1790.

By his third wife Elizabeth Sneyd, he had five sons and four daughters, of whom Charles Sneyd (d. 1864) succeeded his brother Lovell, and Honora married Sir Francis Beaufort; William Edgeworth was known as an engineer.

By his fourth wife Frances Ann Beaufort[2], daughter of Daniel Augustus Beaufort, he had four children, of whom Francis Beaufort, mentioned in Thomas Carlyle's Life of Sterling, married a Spanish lady, Rosa Florentina Eroles, and was by her father of Antonio Eroles Edgeworth, who succeeded his uncle, Charles Sneyd, at Edgeworthstown, and of Francis Ysidro Edgeworth.
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