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Memoirs Of The Lives And Characters Of The Illustrious Family Of The Boyles [Boyle, Family] Budgell, Eustace. Memoirs Of The Lives And Characters Of The Illustrious Family Of The Boyle’s. Containing Many Curious Pieces Of English History The Whole Extracted From Original Papers And Manuscripts Dublin, J.Esdall, 1754. 17,3 cm x 11 cm. 268 pages. Original Hardcover. Good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Spine damaged. Bookblock tight and clean. Needs some attention from a bookbinder. Ex-libris label on pastedown.

Eustace Budgell (19 August 1686 – 4 May 1737) was an English writer and politician.
Born in St Thomas near Exeter, Budgell was educated at Oxford University. His cousin, the writer Joseph Addison, took him to Ireland and got him appointed to a lucrative office. However, when he lampooned the Viceroy, he lost his position.
Budgell assisted Addison with his magazine, The Spectator, writing 37 numbers signed X. In these he imitates Addison’s style with some success. Between 1715 and 1727, he represented Mullingar in the Irish House of Commons.
Budgell, who was vain and vindictive, fell on evil days; he lost a fortune in the South Sea Bubble and was accused of forging the will of Dr Matthew Tindal at the expense of his nephew, Nicolas Tindal. He committed suicide by throwing himself out of a boat at London Bridge. His suicide note famously said: “What Cato did, and Addison approved, cannot be wrong.” (Wikipedia).

The book is a collection of memoirs that document the exploits of one of the most charismatic and influential families in 16th and 17th century Irish history.

Keywords: Boyle, Family History, Family Names, Genealogy, Irish Family Names, Irish History

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