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Dr Patrick Walsh

Dr. Patrick Walsh

Assistant Professor in Eighteenth-Century Irish History

Research Interests

I am an economic, social and political historian of eighteenth-century Ireland. My current research investigates the processes of state formation in eighteenth-century Ireland within a comparative imperial perspective. I am especially interested in the ways in which the agents of the emerging Irish state negotiated and collaborated with the different interests and groups within Irish society and have written extensively on the history of Irish taxation and the Irish version of the fiscal military state. To this end I have also collaborated with colleagues in the National University of Ireland, Galway on a database of Ireland's international trade, 1683-1829 while I am also co-investigator on the Irish Residential Army Barracks project at UCD. Most recently I have become increasingly interested in the history of Irish property in the long eighteenth-century and its financial and other connections to empire. Prior to coming to Trinity I taught at University College London (UCL) and previous to that I held an IRC-Marie Curie-Sklodowska postdoctoral mobility fellowship jointly at UCL and UCD.

I am currently Co- PI (with Dr Andrew MacKillop, University of Glasgow) on a project funded by the AHRC and the IRC digital humanities networking scheme entitled  Comparing and Combining Early Modern Irish and Scottish Land Records: New Transkribus and Natural Language Processing Approaches

Selected Publications

  • 2019. With Douglas Kanter (eds), Taxation, Politics, and Protest in Ireland, 1662-2016, Basingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan.
  • 2016. With Aaron Graham (eds), The British Fiscal-Military States, 1660-1783, London: Routledge.
  • 2014. The South Sea Bubble and Ireland: Money, Banking and Investment, 1690-1721, Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer.
  • 2010. The Making of the Irish Protestant Ascendancy: The Life of William Conolly, 1689-1729. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer.


  • 2019.‘Patterns of Taxation in Eighteenth-Century Ireland, in Douglas Kanter Patrick Walsh, Taxation, Politics, and Protest in Ireland, 1662-2016, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2018. Between the Speaker and the Squire: The Anglo-Irish Life of William Conolly II, Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies, 20.
  • 2017. ‘The Eighteenth-Century Fiscal Military State: A Four Nations Perspective’, in Naomi Lloyd Jones and Margaret Scull (eds), Four Nations Approaches to Modern ‘British’ History: A Disunited Kingdom? Basingstoke: Palgrave-MacMillan.
  •  2016.  ‘Ireland and the Royal Navy in the Eighteenth Century’, in John McAleer and Christer Petley (eds), The Royal Navy and the Atlantic World in the Eighteenth Century, Basingstoke: Palgrave-MacMillan
  • 2016. ‘Enforcing the Fiscal State: The Army, the Revenue and the Irish Experience of the Fiscal-Military State, 1690-1769’, in Graham and Walsh (eds), The British Fiscal-Military States, 1660-1783, London: Routledge.
  •  2016. ‘Writing History: Andrew Stewart, Patrick Adair and Their Narratives’ in Armstrong, Walsh, Spurlock & Holmes (eds), Presbyterian History in Ireland: The Seventeenth-Century Narratives of Patrick Adair and Andrew Stewart, Belfast: Ulster Historical Foundation.
  • 2015. ‘Irish Money on the London Market: Ireland, the Anglo-Irish and the South Sea Bubble of 1720’, in Eighteenth-Century Life 39, 131-54.
  • 2013. ‘The Fiscal State in Ireland, 1691-1769’ in Historical Journal, 56: 629-656.
  •  2012. ‘The Bubble on the Periphery: Scotland and the South Sea Bubble’, in Scottish Historical Review, 91: 106-24.
  • 2011 ‘Biography and the Meaning of an Irish Country House: William Conolly and Castletown’ in Terence Dooley and Christopher Ridgeway (eds), The Irish Country House: Its Past, Present and Future, Dublin: Four Courts Press: 21-39.
  •  2010. ‘Club Life in the Late Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Centuries’ in James Kelly and Martyn Powell (eds), Clubs and Societies in Eighteenth-Century Ireland, 1690-1800 Dublin: Four Courts Press: 36-52.

Teaching and Supervision

I teach a List I Special Subject entitled Power and People: War, State and Society in Ireland, 1688-1783 as well as a Sophister List II module: Atlantic Island: Eighteenth-Century Ireland in Oceanic Perspective. I also contribute to the M-Phil programmes in Early Modern History and Modern Irish History where I teach a module on The Rise, Fall and Recovery of the Irish Big House.

I am currently supervising two PhD students, Mr Joel Herman (funded by a Provost’s Project Award)  and Ms Joan Kavanagh (co-supervised by Dr Georgina Laragy). I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students or postdoctoral fellows to work on any aspect of eighteenth-century Irish history. I am also interested in supervising comparative projects focusing on either or both of the concepts of ‘the financial revolution’ or ‘the fiscal-military state’

Dr. Walsh on the TCD Research Support System

Contact Details

Room 3155
Department of History
Arts Building
Trinity College
Dublin 2

Telephone: +353 1 896 3476