Vincent Gookin

Criticism

Life
?1616-1659; son of Sir Vincent Gookin [q.v.]; appt. Surveyor-Gen. of Ireland and Cromwellian MP of Irish Parliament; published 2 pamphlets, deprecating forced transportations to Connaught, The Great Case of Transplantation Discussed (1655); The Author and the Great Case of Transplanting the Irish into Connaught Vindicated (1655), in response to Col. Richard Lawrence’s The Interest of England in Transplantation, Stated (1655) questioning attacking Lawrence’s assurance that the English were in control of Ireland.

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Works
The Author and Case of Transplanting the Irish into Connaught Vindicated from the Unjust Aspersions of Col. R. Laurence (London: A. M. for S. Miller 1655), 59pp., 4o. [iss. May 12 1655].

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Criticism
Patricia Coughlan, ‘Counter-currents in colonial discourse: the political thought of Vincent and Daniel Gookin’, in Political Thought in Seventeenth-century Ireland: Kingdom or Colony?, ed. Jane H. Ohlmeyer (Cambridge UP 2000) [Chap. 2].

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Quotations
‘The unsettling of a nation is an easy work; the settling of a nation is not.’ (Quoted by Fintan O’Toole, in Black Hole, Green Card, The Disappearance of Ireland, Dublin: New Island Press 1994).

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Notes
Sir Vincent Gookin (?1590-1638), father of the above, ‘created a disturbance in Munster by publishing letter to Lord Deputy Eentworth attacking the Irish nation, 1634, [and] fled to England on issue of warrant for his arrest. His case raised the question of the judicial powers of the Irish parliament.’ (Shorter ODNB). Robert, a brother of Vincent [Jnr.], served in Ireland and received grants of land, and d.1667.

Richard Laurence was a member of the Irish Council of Trade. (COPAC).

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