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Full text of "The Life Of Charles Stewart Parnell Vol - I"

THE founder of the Parnell family was Thomas Parnell * mercer or draper,' who became Mayor of Congleton Cheshire, in the reign of James I. He had four sons— "William, Thomas, Eichard, and Tobias. Of William and Thomas little is known, but Bichard seems to have "been the most remarkable of the brothers. He was a staunch Cromwellian, the friend of Bradshaw, and thrice mayor of the town. Tobias was a gilder and decorative painter, and also stood high in the esteem of his fellow-citizens. He passed away with the Commonwealth. At the Eestoration, his son Thomas, quitting the old home, purchased an estate in Ireland, and took up his abode there. This Thomas Parnell—the first of the Irish Parnells—was the ancestor of an illustrious offspring. Dying probably in 1685, he left two sons—• Thomas, the poet, the friend of Swift, Pope, Gay, Bolingbroke, and other famous wits; and John, who VOL. i.                                                           B