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RDS: Thomas Prior (1681-1751)

Thomas Prior (1681-1751) is credited as the main driver of the 14 founders of the Dublin Society. Prior was born in Rathdowney Co. Laois. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and at Oxford. In 1715 Prior set up business as a landlords’ agent in Dublin. This role gave him a unique insight into the economic and social conditions of the country.