Hunt, Vere ___ 1761-1818 ___ Irish ___ soldier, landowner, entrepreneur

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Vere was the oldest son of Vere Hunt and his second wife Anne Browne. He had one brother, John Fitzmaurice, and a sister, Jane. He was probably born at Curragh Chase the family seat. He inherited his father's estate, and, in 1784, married Elinor daughter of Lord Glenworth, the Protestant bishop of Limerick. He was elevated to a baronetcy the same year, and subsequently became High Sheriff of County Limerick. He showed loyal support to the King and was commissioned to raise an army for the French wars. On returning to Ireland he was made MP for the Borough of Askeaton in 1797, but the Borough was disenfranchised at the Union, and he left politics. However, he continued to lobby and plan for the building of a village called New Birmingham in Tiperary to service a coal mine he owned at Glengoole. He owned Lundy Island for a while, having chanced on its sale at an auction, and he appears to have had a gambling problem which led him to spend some in a debtor's jail in London. He is also reported to have had a strong interest in the theatre and literature. Vere's only son Aubrey was educated at Harrow with Byron and Robert Peel, and went on to have five sons and three daughters. In his diaries, Melosina Lenox-Conyngham says, Vere Hunt comes across as 'something of a maverick and enthusiast, though many of his schemes failed'.
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1798-1816 ___ commerce theatre nature society

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