John Philip Bagwell

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


Bagwell was the son of Richard and Harriette Philippa Jocelyn (née Newton) Bagwell.[1]

The Bagwells of Marlfield could trace their arrival in Ireland to John Bagwell (Backwell), a captain in Cromwell's New Model Army.[2]

He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the 4th (Militia) Battalion of The Royal Irish Regiment on 7 March 1900,[3] and promoted to lieutenant on 28 July 1900.


Bagwell was general manager of Ireland's Great Northern Railways (GNR) between 1911 and 1926.[1]


Bagwell became an independent member of Seanad Éireann in the Irish Free State in 1922, and held that office until 1936.[4]

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.[5][6]

Bagwell, however, maintained that he escaped his captors through his own efforts and his safe release could not be attributed to these threats.[7] 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residence at Marlfield House, Clonmel, County Tipperary, was burned by Anti-treaty forces and the library of rare historical documents destroyed.[8]


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  2. ^ Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry, p 45 via; accessed 20 February 2017.
  3. ^ "No. 27171". The London Gazette. 6 March 1900. p. 1532. 
  4. ^ "Mr. John Philip Bagwell". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Dáil Éireann - January 1923 - PROCLAMATION RE KIDNAPPING Archived 2011-06-07 at the Wayback Machine.,; accessed 20 February 2017.
  6. ^ New York Times, 1 February 1923.
  7. ^ Seanad Éireann - Volume 7 Archived 2011-06-07 at the Wayback Machine.,, 16 June 1926; accessed 20 February 2017.
  8. ^ M. Bence-Jones, A Guide to Irish Country Houses, London, 1988
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