[From the Dublin Penny Journal, Vol. 1, No. 9, August 25, 1832]
The following statement is taken from "A Practical View of Ireland," by James Butler Bryan, Esq. Barrister at Law.
"I presume the population of Ireland to be about eight millions, and from the annexed table it will be inferred, that on an average hitherto, Ireland has doubled her population in about sixty-three years. According to Mr. M'Culloch, the population of Scotland in 1700, amounted to 1,050,000; in 1820, to 2,135,000, thus taking 190 years to double. He likewise asserts, that the population in England in 1700, was 5,475,000; in 1811, it was 10,488,000, requiring about 107 years to double. According to Mr. Mathieu, the population of France would take 111 years to double at its present rate. The King of Sweden says, that Sweden has added more than a sixth to her population in twenty years, thus doubling in less than 120 years.
"We may perceive from Von Malchu's account of the population of Europe, that Ireland has only seven European states her superiors, and eighteen her inferiors in this respect; and in point of superficial extent of territory, she has but ten states her superiors, and fifteen interior to her. The seven united provinces of Holland, which have so frequently struck the scale in the balance of power in Europe, do not exceed in extent or population, Ulster, the fourth province of Ireland.
A Table of the progress of the population in Ireland:
|1672||Sir W. Petty||1,100,000|
|--||The same corrected||1,320,000|
|1788||G. P. Bush||4,040,000|
|1792||Rev. Dr. Beaufort||4,086,226|
|1821||Census, 55 Geo. III. c. 120||6,801,827|