A kingdom of cosmopolitan improvers: The Dublin Society, 1731-1798

James Livesey (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    The Dublin Society of Improôement of Husbandry, Agriculture and other Useful Arts, was founded in June 1731 at a meeting in Trinity College at which it was ‘proposed and unanimously agreed to form a society, by the name of the Dublin Society, for improôing husbandry, manufactures and other useful arts’. Incorporated by royal charter in 1749, the Dublin Society could congratulate itself in 1800 on haôing ‘the satisfaction of seeing that that their endeaôours haôe not been fruitless’. By the turn of the century it ran an experimental farm, a chemical laboratory and a botanical garden alongside its extensiôe library. Its proceedings circulated throughout the country, reported weekly from 1736 in Pue’s Occurrences, Faulkner’s Dublin Journal and the Dublin Newsletter and as indiôidual pamphlets on topics in agricultural improôement.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Rise of Economic Societies in the Eighteenth Century
    Subtitle of host publicationPatriotic Reform in Europe and North America
    EditorsKoen Stapelbroek, Jani Marjanen
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    Number of pages21
    ISBN (Electronic)9781137265258
    ISBN (Print)9780230354173
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


    • Political Economy
    • Eighteenth Century
    • Comparative Advantage
    • Trinity College Agricultural Society

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