From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878
Plowden, Francis, LL.D., historian and miscellaneous writer, was born in Ireland  early in the 18th century. He was a Catholic, and a member of the English Chancery Bar. The work that chiefly entitles him to notice is his Historical Review the State of Ireland from the Invasion Henry II. to the Union, 3 vols. 4to. London, 1805. The last two volumes are devoted to the history of the country from 1782 to the Union, and contain much useful matter. In 1813 he published in Dublin, in 3 vols., his History of Ireland from the Union to October 1810. For statements in this work, one John Hart brought an action against him at Lifford, 24th March 1813, and obtained £5,000 damages. Mr. Plowden thereupon retired to France, where he passed the remainder of his days. He died in Paris in 1829, at an advanced age. His brother Charles was a distinguished Jesuit, and the Earl of Dundonald was his son-in-law.
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