Edward Bagshawe of Finglas

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Sir Edward Bagshawe (or Bagshaw) (died 6 October 1657) of Finglas, County Dublin, was knighted in 1627, reappointed a comptroller of customs in 1629 and was a member of parliament for the borough of Banagher in Strafford's parliament of 1634. During the Commonwealth (1650s) he was a commissioner of the revenue.


Little is known of Edward Bagshawe until 1624, when he appears as customer of the ports of Dublin, Skerries, Malahide, and Wicklow, but his services to the government must have been considerable, as in 1627 he received knighthood and was given a grant of lands, afterwards known as the manor of Castle Bagshawe, Belturbet in county Cavan.[1][2]

At this time the government of Ireland farmed out the collection of customs duties to a consortium. That is the English consortium paid the government a fixed amount of money for the right to collect the customs duties and to keep the profits. The government benefited because it was guaranteed money while the consortium, if their methods of collection were efficient, could profit from the agreement. The previous agreement was due to come to an end in 1629, so Sir Edward, who was the comptroller of the customs in Dublin, went to England in March 1629 to confer with the executors of the Duke of Buckingham's estate to see if the arrangement was to be renewed. It was and between 1629 and 1631 the Duchess of Buckingham paid £6,000 for the farm and kept half the profits that accrued by the arrangement. The rest went to the consortium who managed the farm.[3] In September that year Sir Edward was reappointed and made joint comptroller of the customs in Dublin with Philip Perceval.[4]

According to his own account he tried to reform as customer a state of things in which everyone did as seemed right in their own eyes, and found that the more honest and faithful he became the less he was trusted, until finally he was so misjudged as to be committed to Dublin Castle. He emerged from there with less zeal and more discretion to become in Strafford's parliament member for the borough of Banagher, and under the Commonwealth, a commissioner of the revenue.[1] He died 6 October 1657.[5]


Sir Edward had at least two daughters:

  • Elizabeth, who married William Ryves;[6]
  • Ann, who married George Ryves (younger brother of William),[6] a judge of the prerogative court and one of the masters of the chancery-in-ordinary. George died 27 March 1647, their two daughters Mary and Dorothy died the following January.[1] In 1654 Anne remarried. She married Thomas Richardson who came to Ireland in 1651 and held a number of Commonwealth government positions before being returned as a member for Cavan in the Irish Convention Parliament of 1660.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b c Ball 1920, p. 93.
  2. ^ Bagshawe 1886, p. 3 footnotes "a letter dated 25 August 1866, from Sir Edward Bagshaw's descendant, Captain otes Michael Phiillips, of Glenvice, near Belturbet, J. P., who inherited a portion of the Bayshaw estates, and says that Castle Bayshaw was only about half-a-mile distant from his house, 'on a rising ground, over the river Woodford'."
  3. ^ Kearney 1959, p. 163.
  4. ^ Morrin & High Court of Chancery of Ireland 1863, p. 459.
  5. ^ From his tombstone in the ruined church Anglican Church of Finglas: "Hereunder lieth the body of Sir Edward Bagshawe, Knight, who departed this life the 6th day of October, 1657" (Ball 1920, p. 93).
  6. ^ a b Burke 1852, p. 1169.
  7. ^ Clark 1999, p. 185.
  8. ^ D'Alton 1852, p. 403.


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  • Bagshawe, William Henry Greaves (1886). The Bagshawes of Ford : a biographical pedigree. London: Mitchell and Hughes. p. 3. 
  • Clark, Aidan (1999). Prelude to restoration in Ireland: the end of the Commonwealth, 1659-1660. Cambridge University Press. p. 185. ISBN 978-0-521-65061-8. 
  • Burke, Sir Bernard (1852). A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain & Ireland for 1852: Comprising Particulars of Upwards of 100,000 Individuals. 2. Colburn and Co., 1852. p. 1169. 
  • Kearney, Hugh F (1959). Strafford in Ireland 1633-41. Manchester University Press. p. 163. 
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