Edgeworthstown has a proud literary heritage being the home of the Edgeworth family since the early 1500's. Mr Richard Lovell Edgeworth was an inventor and surveyor. Of his 24 children, Maria the novelist is the best known. She wrote "Castle Rackrent". Edgeworthstown House formed the centre of the Edgeworth Circle, which included the Earls of Longford, the Chief Justices of Ireland and the Pakenhams. Maria was a friend of Sir Walter Scott. Isolde Wilde is buried in the town also. Today the town is a lively progressive place with a fine hotel, many pubs and an active community group always improving the area.


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