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Remarkable Parsons Family
Remarkable Parsons Family
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In 1620 Sir Laurence Parsons took over Birr Castle, the ruined fortress of the O'Carrolls.  This account of the Parsons family, Earl's of Rosse since 1800, traces their up and downs for almost 400 years.  It was never a smooth ride for this unusual family as skirmishes and sieges were followed by times of building and expanding.

Later the family turned to science, engineering and astronomy. The great achievement of the 3rd Earl, in building the biggest telescope in the world, was succeeded by his youngest son, who invented the marine turbine. The story moves towards the present day with plant-hunting and the creation of one of Ireland's greatest gardens

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