John Philip Bagwell

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John Philip Bagwell DL (11 August 1874 – 22 August 1946) was an Irish businessman and politician. He was the son of Richard Bagwell and Harriette Philippa Jocelyn Newton.[1] The Bagwells of Marlfield could trace their arrival in Ireland to John Bagwell (Backwell), a captain in Cromwell's New Model Army.[2]


Bagwell was general manager of Ireland's Great Northern Railways (GNR) between 1911 and 1926.[1]


Bagwell became an independent member of Seanad Éireann in the Irish Free State in 1922, and held that office until 1936.[3] During the Irish Civil War he was kidnapped and held hostage by Republicans in the Dublin Mountains. The Free State government responded by issuing a proclamation to the effect that if he was not safely released, reprisals would be taken.[4][5] He maintained that he escaped his captors through his own efforts and his safe release could not be attributed to these threats.[6] At about this time the family residence of Marlfield House, Clonmel, County Tipperary was burned by Anti-treaty forces and the library of rare historical documents destroyed.[7]