GOOKIN, Vincent. Esquire. The Great Case of Transplantation in Ireland Discussed, or, Certain Considerations

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Wherein the many great inconveniences in the transplanting the Natives of Ireland generally out of the three provinces of Leinster, Ulster, and Munster, into the Province of Connaught, are shewn. Humbly tendered to every individual Member of Parliament by a well-wisher to the good of the Common-wealth of England. London: Printed by I.C. [John Crook], 1655. pp. 32. Title page vignette, initial, head-piece. Modern half calf on marbled
boards, title in gilt on red morocco label on upper cover. One leaf close trimmed at head, not affecting numbering.
Extremely rare.
Wing (G 1274) Sweeney 2124. COPAC with 5 locations only.
Gookin, Vincent (c.1616-1659), politician and author, was the eldest son of Sir Vincent Gookin and his wife, Mary Wood. He was probably brought up on his father's estate at Courtmacsherry in County Cork until 1635, when the family moved to England to take up residence in Gloucestershire. During the English civil war Gookin supported parliament, and may have been the Captain Gookin captured by the royalists in Wiltshire in 1643. In 1646 he sold his Gloucestershire lands and by late 1649 had returned to Ireland, where he helped to persuade the Munster protestants to reject the royalist cause and join forces with Oliver Cromwell. He was amply rewarded for his services, and became influential in English and Irish affairs under the Commonwealth In the early 1650s he served on the revenue committee in County Cork; he was nominated to the Barebone's Parliament in 1653; and was appointed an admiralty commissioner in December that year. He used his position at Whitehall to further Irish interests. As a result he became a close ally of the Boyle family, and owed his election for Bandon and Kinsale in the 1654 parliament to the patronage of the second earl of Cork, Richard Boyle, and his brother, Lord Broghill (Roger Boyle).
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