John Philip Bagwell

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John Philip Bagwell DL (11 August 1874 – 22 August 1946) was an Irish businessman and politician.

Early life and family

Bagwell was born on 11 August 1874,[1] the son of Harriette (née Newton) and Richard Bagwell.[2] The Bagwells of Marlfield could trace their arrival in Ireland to John Bagwell (Backwell), a captain in Cromwell's New Model Army.[3]

Bagwell married Louisa Shaw, the daughter of George Shaw, a Major General.[2] He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the 4th (Militia) Battalion of The Royal Irish Regiment on 7 March 1900,[4] and promoted to lieutenant on 28 July 1900.


Bagwell was general manager of Ireland's Great Northern Railways (GNR) between 1911 and 1926.[5]


Bagwell became an independent member of Seanad Éireann in the Irish Free State in 1922, and held that office until 1936.[6]

During the Irish Civil War he was kidnapped and held hostage by anti-Treaty forces in the Dublin Mountains. The Free State government responded by issuing a proclamation to the effect that if Bagwell were not safely released, reprisals would be taken.[7][8]

Bagwell, however, maintained that he escaped his captors through his own efforts and his safe release could not be attributed to these threats.[9] At around the same time, the family residence at Marlfield House, Clonmel, County Tipperary, was burned by Anti-treaty forces and the library of rare historical documents destroyed.[10]


  1. ^ Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh. Burke's Irish Family Records. London, U.K.: Burkes Peerage Ltd, 1976. p.51
  2. ^ a b "John Philip Bagwell". The Peerage. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  3. ^ Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry, p 45 via; accessed 20 February 2017.
  4. ^ "No. 27171". The London Gazette. 6 March 1900. p. 1532.
  5. ^ "Account by John Philip Bagwell of his kidnapping by the IRA in 1923 and his subsequent escape". National Library of Ireland. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Mr. John Philip Bagwell". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  7. ^ Dáil Éireann - January 1923 - PROCLAMATION RE KIDNAPPING Archived 2011-06-07 at the Wayback Machine,; accessed 20 February 2017.
  8. ^ New York Times, 1 February 1923.
  9. ^ Seanad Éireann - Volume 7 Archived 2011-06-07 at the Wayback Machine,, 16 June 1926; accessed 20 February 2017.
  10. ^ M. Bence-Jones, A Guide to Irish Country Houses, London, 1988
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