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Irish or English? The Rise and Rise of John Fitzmaurice Petty in the 1750s

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posted on 11.06.2020, 08:47 by N Aston

The ascent of John Fitzmaurice is a study in the processes of Anglo-Irish integration and socialization in aristocratic circles in eighteenth-century London, a subject area that awaits systematic investigation: his is less a story of rags to riches than of a resourceful Irishman from a family of Anglo-Norman pedigree repositioning himself in London society to take maximum advantage of an extraordinary piece of good fortune. He was so successful in confirming his own family’s preeminence, that the Fitzmaurice-Pettys procured a British peerage in one generation, and in the next, attained the office of British first minister in the person of his son, William Petty, second Earl of Shelburne.


Funding

I thankfully acknowledge the financial support of the British Academy through a PersonalResearch award.

History

Citation

Eighteenth-Century Life, 2015, 39 (1), pp. 155-182 (28)

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of History, Politics and International Relations

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Eighteenth-Century Life

Volume

39

Issue

1

Pagination

155-182 (28)

Publisher

Duke University Press

issn

0098-2601

eissn

1086-3192

Copyright date

2015

Language

English

Publisher version

https://read.dukeupress.edu/eighteenth-century-life/article-abstract/39/1/155/859