A Chronology

 
Robert Molesworth(1656-1725)
 


Dates (OS)

Events relevant to
Molesworth’s Life

Other Events

1656-09
Death of Robert Molesworth (father) (3rd),  Robert Molesworth born (7th), Fishamble St. Dublin (Sept-Nov) Publication of Harrington’s The
Commonwealth of Oceana
1660-05-29
Charles II’s Restoration – entry into London
1662 Birth of half-brother Henry Tichborne (ie mother Judith now married to Sir William Tichborne)
1666-09-03
Start of Great Fire of London
1669-09
– 1670-09
Arthur Capel Earl of Essex Amb. Ext. to Denmark
1671-08-04 Viscount Ranelagh’s ‘undertaking’ to manage
Irish revenues of the crown
1672-08-05
Arthur Capel Earl of Essex Lord Lt. of Ireland
1672-10-16
Entered Trinity Coll as Fellow Commoner
1675
BA Trinity College, Dublin; Lincoln’s Inn,
London
1676-08-16 Marriage to the Hon Letitia Coote
1677-08-24 Duke of Ormond sworn in as Lord Lieutenant
1677-11-04
William of Orange m. Princess Mary
1679-08-04
Charles Coote, Lord Mountrath m. Isabella
Dormer
1680-01-28 Death of Chief Baron John Bysse
1680-06-30 Death of Thomas Butler, Earl of Ossory, (aged 46)
1683-06-23
Discovery of Rye House Plot to kill Charles II
1683-07 Death of Earl of Essex in the Tower (13th); marriage of Henry Tichborne to Arabella Cotton (28th) Princess Anne m. Prince George (Jørgen) (28th)
1683-12-07 Execution of Algernon Sidney
1684-01 Molyneux establishes Dublin Philosophical
Society.
1684-1688 Annual “voyages into forreign countreys.
allwayes takeing Holland in my way.”
1685-01-28 Death of Richard Butler, Earl of Arran, (aged 45)
1685-02-06
Death of Charles II, succ. by James II
1685-03-20 Ormond leaves Ireland, no longer Ld. Lt
1685-07-06
Defeat of Duke of Monmouth at Sedgemoor
1685-10-08 Revocation of Edict of Nantes
1686-01-09 2nd Earl of Clarendon sworn in as Ld. Lt.
1686-06-05 Tyrconnell appointed to comand army in Ireland
1687 Col. Ld. Coote serving as capt of horse in Dutch army
1687-02-06 Tyrconnell sworn in as Ld Deputy in Dublin
1688-03-29 Col. Ld. Coote appointed treasurer and receiver-general to Princess Mary of
Orange
1688-06
Birth of son to James II – Old Pretender (10th), Acquittal of the 7 Bishops & Invitation to William (30th)
1688-11
William lands at Torbay (5th)
1688-12
James II flees to France; (11th, 23rd)
1689-02-13
William and Mary King & Queen
1689-03-12
James II lands in Ireland
1689-05-02
Molesworth attainted by Dublin parliament (7th); Sequestrated estate £2,825 pa Treaty of Vienna – The Grand Alliance (2nd), England declares war on France (7th)
  1689-06 Credentials dated (6th), 1st Instructions dated (6th), 2nd Instructions dated (19th), Treaty of Altona signed (20th)
1689-07
Arrives in Denmark (7th) Breaking of boom on River Foyle and relief of Londonderry (28th)
1689-08
Agreement reached on treaty to hire Danish
troops (15th)
Marshal Schomberg lands in Bangor Bay (13th), Carrickfergus Surrenders (28th)
1689-09-04 William III ratifies treaty to hire Danish troops
1689-11-06 Last troops set sail (arr. in Humber instead of Leith)
1690-03-13
The Danish Force lands in Ireland
1690-05 First mention of Colonel Scot in correspondence,  (last mention 1691-05)
1690-06
Arrival of Amerongen in Copenhagen (4th),
defeat of Anglo-Dutch fleet at Beachy Head
(30th)
William lands nr Carrickfergus (14th)
1690-07
Battle of the Boyne (1st), William enters Dublin (6th)
1690-09-03 Joined by family in Copenhagen
1691-09-29 Death of Amerongen
1692-05-23 French fleet defeated at La Hogue
1692-06-20
Departure from Denmark
1692 Publication by Anthony Dopping, bp of Meath of Modus tenendi parliamenta in Hibernia (Dublin) Publication of John Locke’s Some Thoughts concerning Education.
  1693-12-15 First publication of An Account of  Denmark as it was in the year 1692. (13 editions published before 1700; 22 editions published by 1752)
1695 – 1699 MP[I] for Dublin
1695 – 1698 MP for Camelford
1697- 1713-01 Privy Councillor [I]
1698-03-23
Fellow of the Royal Society
1698-04 Publication of William Molyneux’s The case of Ireland’s being bound by acts of parliament in England stated (Dublin)
1702-03-08 Death of William III, succ. by Anne
1703 – 1705 MP[I] for Swords
1705- 1706-01 MP for Lostwithiel
1706-01- 1708 MP for East Retford
  1711 Preface to translation of Francis Hotoman’s Franco-Gallia, first published without the preface but reissued with the preface in 1721. The preface was later published as The Principles of a Real Whig
1714-08-01 Death of Anne, succ. by George I
1714 – 1716 Commissioner for Trade and Plantations
1714-10
Privy Councillor [I]
1715 – 1722 MP for Mitchell
1716-07-16 Created Lord Molesworth, Baron of Phillipstown in King’s County and Viscount Molesworth of Swords, County Dublin.
1716 Preface to his daughter, the Hon M Monck’s
Marinda, Poems and Translations Upon Several Occasions
1717 A Short Narrative of the Life and Death of John Rhinholdt Count Patkul.
1721 Publication of Letters from the Right Honourable the Late Earl of Shaftesbury, to Robert Molesworth, Esq; Now the Lord Viscount of that Name. Edited and with introduction by John Toland
1721- 1722 Commissioner in the Enquiry into the South Sea Bubble
1722 Toland’s final illness and death (March 11th); prospect of Molesworth standing as MP for Westminster.
1722 – 1723 Correspondence with Glasgow University
students and others Scottish admirers: William Stuart, George Turnbull, William Wishart and James Arbuckle.
1723 Some Considerations for the Promoting of
Agriculture and Employing the Poor
.
1724 Frances Hutcheson finishes An Inquiry into the Original of our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue. With acknowledgement to Molesworth.
1724-12-03 Swift dedicates the 5th Drapier’s Letter to
Molesworth.
  1725-05-22
Death at Swords, Co Dublin.
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