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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173a. Ireland, History of, from the Union to October 1811: Francis Plowden. 3 vols. Dublin, 1813.
173b. Ireland, History of, from its Invasion under Henry, to the Union. Francis Plowden. 3 vols. London, 1805.
233. Manuscript and Special Information, and Current Periodicals.
In Popular Rhymes and Sayings of Ireland (first published in 1924) John J. Marshall examines the origin of a variety of rhymes and sayings that were at one time in vogue around different parts of the country, including those which he recalled from his own childhood in County Tyrone. Numerous riddles, games and charms are recounted, as well as the traditions of the ‘Wren Boys’ and Christmas Rhymers. Other chapters describe the war cries of prominent Irish septs and the names by which Ireland has been personified in literature over the centuries.
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