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NAME 
SHEIL, RICHARD LALOR
  
IDENTITY STATEMENT  
Reference code: IE UCDA P23
Title:Papers of Richard Lalor Shiel (1791–1851)
Dates: 1829–51
Level of description: Fonds
Extent: 50 items
  
CONTEXT 
Biographical History  

Born at Drumdowney, County Kilkenny and educated at Stonyhurst and TCD, Sheil supplemented the meagre income from his early legal career by writing plays which received mixed reviews. A campaigner for Catholic emancipation, he overcame his initial antipathy to Daniel O’Connell’s tactics to help him found the Catholic Association and secure victory in the Clare bye-election of 1828. Shiel was called to the Inner Bar in 1830 and was MP for Milborne Port, Somerset, County Louth, County Tipperary and Waterford successively, 1830–41. He enjoyed a series of sinecures, the last being British ambassador at Florence where he died.

  
CONTENT AND STRUCTURE 
Scope and Content 

Papers mainly concerning Richard Lalor Shiel including letters from Daniel O'Connell to Shiel and to Thomas Spring Rice mainly with reference to parliamentary matters (1829–41) and letters from Lord Clarendon and Lord Palmerston to Sheil (1850–1).

Letters from Sheil to his wife concerning political and domestic matters (1831–6) and letters from Richard M. Bellew to ‘Anne’ concerning the progress of Sheil’s parliamentary career (1824–41).

  
CONDITIONS OF ACCESS AND USE
Access:Available by appointment to holders of a UCDA  reader's ticket.
Language:English
Finding aid:Descriptive catalogue

 


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