Richard Bagwell (9 December 1840 – 4 December 1918) was a noted historian of the Stuart and Tudor periods in Ireland, and a political commentator with strong Unionist convictions. He was the eldest son of John Bagwell, M.P. for Clonmel from 1857 to 1874. His son John Philip Bagwell followed the family tradition in politics becoming a Senator in the government of the Irish Free State in 1923.
Bagwell was educated at Harrow and Oxford in England and called to the Bar, being admitted to Inner Temple in 1866. He was the author of Ireland Under the Tudors (1885-1890) and Ireland Under the Stuarts, 3 vols. (1909-10), in recognition for which he was given the honorary degree of Litt. D. by Dublin University in 1913 and that of D.Litt. by Oxford University in 1917. He also wrote the historical entry on ‘Ireland’ for the Encyclopaedia Britannica (Chicago 1911).
Bagwell was a Commissioner on National Education between 1905 and 1918 and a member of the Patriotic Union (Southern Unionists).He held the position of High Sheriff of County Tipperary in 1869. He was a Justice of the Peace for County Tipperary (and later for Waterford), and held the office of Deputy Lieutenant of Tipperary. He was also Special Local Government Commissioner between 1898 and 1903.
Dudley Edwards, Ruth; O’Dowd, Mary (2003), Sources for Modern Irish History 1534-1641, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 9780521271417