Richard Lovell [apart from his (RL's) daughter Maria] is the best known of the family to-day. Born at Bath in 1744, Educated at Trinity College and at Oxford most of his early life was spent in England 'but returned in 1782 to Edgeworthstown where he remained except for visits until he died in 1817. A gifted inventor he spent much time improving carts and Carriages with springs, mechanical loaders and railroad tracks for carrying peat from the bogs, the development of which interested him greatly. He pioneered new systems of road-making and deserved the credit which later went to the Scotsman Macadam. He also dabbled in many other inventive pursuits. He sent a message to Galway and had a reply in 8 minutes.
Education was another of his visions, writing three volumes called "Practical Education" the contents of which were considered to be a century before their time. In 1816 he founded a school for boys in Edgeworthstown with very advanced ideas. Unfortunately it collapsed under the direction of his son Lovell who was inefficient through bad health caused by 11 years exile abroad.
Married four times with 22
children the last of whom Lucy died 97 aged 92 -- 153 years after her
fathers birth. His eldest son Richard
emigrated to the United States. A daughter Honora married Admiral
Beaufort who charted most of the South Atlantic