John Stacpoole Esq. of Cragbrien Castle, Co. Clare
Barrett, Jeremiah (British painter, active ca. 1761)
Watson, James (Irish engraver, ca. 1740-1790)
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Description:This engraving made by James Watson after a painting by Jeremiah Barrett has a lengthy inscription below it which reads: 'John Stacpoole Esqr. of Cragbrien Castle in the County of Clare, Who departed this Life the 18th of April 1771 at the Advanced Age of Ninety Seven, retaining to that late Period the most eminent Abilities, joined to the greatest Philanthrophy of Heart, so that it remained a Question whether He was most Beloved or Admired, and though His Mansion was the Seat of the most unbounded Hospitality, His Coffers ever open to the Indigent and Deserving, and His Indulgence to a numerous Tenantry seemed more like the Parent than the Landlord, to the establishment of many Familys; yet He increased His Patrimony to that degree, and purchased so many and extensive Tracts of Land, as to leave behind him one of the Largest and best Circumstanced Estates in Ireland and so Far was He from taking advantage of any Ones Distress that All who ever dealt with Him, acknowledged Him as the Fairest and most Liberal of Purchasers. If Learning, Eloquence, and Graceful Ease, Sense to advise, and sprightly Wit to please, And every Innate Virtue Heaven e'er gave, ~ Could make Immortal, he had escaped the Grave.'
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