Kenmare, County Kerry

Sir William Petty (1623-1687), the pioneer political economist and a founder of the Royal Society, was Physician-General to the army in Ireland in 1652. He surveyed 2,800,000 acres of forfeited lands in 1666, earning a penny per acre. Petty was the ancestor of the family of the Marquis of Lansdowne, the first of which laid out the town of Kenmare, but some guidebooks attribute this to Petty in 1670.


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