READE, Philip. Whig and Tory Remedies for Irish Evils, and the effect a Repeal of the Corn Laws would have on the Legislative Union, considered in a Letter to the Right Honourable Lord Eliot, M.P. By Philip Reade, a resident landlord.
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Dublin: Grant and Bolton. London: G.W. Nickisson, 1844. Octavo. pp. 54 pages. With errata. Disbound. Half title dusty, otherwise good.
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Edward Granville Eliot, 3rd Earl of St Germans (1798-1877; styled Lord Elliot from 1823 to 1845, was
a British politician and diplomat was born in Plymouth. He was educated at Westminster School from
1809 to 1811, and matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford on 13 December 1815. St Germans became
the Secretary of Legation at Madrid in 1823. He became member of parliament for Liskeard the
following year. Beginning his career as a Tory, he remained loyal to Robert Peel, and served as a
Junior Lord of the Treasury from 1827 until 1830. In Peel’s second government he served first as Chief
Secretary for Ireland and later as Postmaster General of the United Kingdom.
When the debate over the Corn Laws broke the Conservative Party he followed Peel, and served as
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in Lord Aberdeen’s coalition government. In that role, he hosted the visit of
Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort to the 1853 Great Exhibition held in Dublin.
Philip Reade, of Woodpark, owned half the parish of Mountshannon and was also a successful
barrister. He had a magnificent country house with landscaped gardens overlooking Holy Island and
Lough Derg. He was by all accounts a benevolent landlord, particularly in later years during the Great
Philip Reade of Woodpark (then in Galway) stated that he had spent a very large sum on
improvements, but was not in debt as yet. If however he had half the money back again he would
On St Patrick’s night 1824, James Brogan, along with other named Durack, Dinan, Boland, O’Dea and
one Patrick Tuohy, for some unexplained reason broke into Philip Reade’s house with the sole
intention of murdering him. The group shot Philip Reade in the chest and shoulder and presumed he
was dead. For months Philip Reade lay dangerously ill while the best surgeons in the country attended
him. The Reades lived at Woodpark House until the house was burnt down in 1922.
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