[ Sir] Thomas Molyneux

Life
1661-1733 [1st bart.]; b. Dublin, ed. TCD and Leyden; physician; MA and MB TCD, 1683; MD TCD, and FRS, 1687; entered Leyden University, 1683; issued a scientific Account of the Irish Elk (1696); wrote the first treatise on the natural origins of the Giant’s Causeway; President Irish College of Physicians, 1702; 1709, 1713, 1720; fnd. Dublin Asylum for the Blind, 1711; Prof. of Medicine, TCD, 1717; issued Discourse on Danish Forts (1725); knighted (baronet) 1730; issued zoolological papers; his br. was William Molyneux (1656-98). ODNB DIW OCIL

 

Works
Discourse on Danish Forts
(1725), reprinted as essay on “Danish Mounds” with Gerard Boate’s Naturall History of Ireland (Dublin: Grierson 1725), et al. Also, Some Considerations on the Taxes Paid by Ireland to Support the Government (1727), unpublished tract.

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Criticism
See comments in Joseph Th. Leerssen, Mere Irish & Fior-Ghael: Studies in the Idea of Irish Nationality, Its Development and Literary Expression Prior To The Nineteenth Century (Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins Pub. Co. 1986), and bio-notice in Roy Foster, Modern Ireland (London: Allen Lane 1988) p.125.

 

Commentary
W. B. Stanford
, Ireland and the Classical Tradition (IAP 1976; 1984), remarks: in 1702 a former member [of the Dublin Philosophical Society], Thomas Molyneux, produced a paper on ancient Greek and Roman lyres published in Transactions of Royal Society in London. [70]

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