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Nathaniel Clements : government and the governing elite in Ireland, 1725-75

Author: A P W Malcomson
Publisher: Dublin ; Portland, OR : Four Courts, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Nathaniel Clements (1705-77), treasury official, politician, Dublin property developer, amateur architect, failed banker and leader of fashion, was the fifth son of a Cromwellian gentry family. He amassed a considerable fortune from office, and over the years spent some [pounds]70,000 on the purchase of a c.85,000-acre estate in Leitrim, Donegal and Cavan. He was one of the richest men in Ireland at that date and,
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Malcomson, A.P.W.
Nathaniel Clements.
Dublin ; Portland, OR : Four Courts, 2005
(OCoLC)756311319
Named Person: Nathaniel Clements; Nathaniel Clements; Nathaniel Clements
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: A P W Malcomson
ISBN: 185182913X 9781851829132
OCLC Number: 58840935
Description: xvii, 476 pages, [12] leaves of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. 'By hereditary virtues' : Nathaniel Clements' family background, c.1650-1728 --
2. The Clements' 'cousinhood' and connection, and the rise of Nathaniel Clements, 1728-c.1750 --
3. Courtiers and concubines : Clements as agent for the pensioners, c.1725-77 --
4. 'The strong sinew of the government' : the fiscal role of the treasury, 1710-84 --
5. The treasury as paymaster of the army on the Irish establishment, 1728-79 --
6. Clements' other offices, agencies and activities, 1729-77 --
7. Salaries, fees and perquisites, 1728-77 --
8. 'Venality', insider dealing and inside information, 1703-1809 --
9. Clements and 'the nine Gores' : estates and parliamentary influence, 1730-c.1790.
Responsibility: A.P.W. Malcomson.

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"Nathaniel Clements (1705-77), treasury official, politician, Dublin property developer, amateur architect, failed banker and leader of fashion, was the fifth son of a Cromwellian gentry family. He amassed a considerable fortune from office, and over the years spent some [pounds]70,000 on the purchase of a c.85,000-acre estate in Leitrim, Donegal and Cavan. He was one of the richest men in Ireland at that date and, although he remained a commoner, his eldest son rose to be earl of Leitrim."

"Clements entered the Irish treasury in 1720, at the age of 15, and died at the head of it in 1777. His successive treasury offices were teller of the exchequer, 1728-55, and deputy vice-treasurer, 1755-77, and, in addition, he was agent for the pensioners on the Irish establishment, 1731-77, agent for the Irish regiments serving abroad, 1759-72, and much else besides. While English politicians and administrators came and went, Clements - one of the very few Irishmen at the heart of affairs - endured, it seemed, forever. He was, essentially, a harmonizer of British and Irish interests."

"This is a book about behind-the-scenes, government in Ireland. It shows how one small group of hard-working members of the ruling elite dominated public finance, army administration and, to a considerable extent, the social and cultural life of the country. It also explores major issues of political morality, in an age when Clements was by no means unusual in making a fortune out of office and in which public finance and private profit were inextricably entwined."--Jacket.

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