Edmund Burke’s birthday
Originally shared by Ed Pearce
The Irish statesman, political theorist and philosopher Edmund Burke was born on January 12, 1729 in Dublin, Ireland, to a prosperous solicitor father (Richard; d. 1761) of the Church of Ireland.
Burke was raised in his father’s faith and remained throughout his life a practicing Anglican.
He received his early education at a Quaker school in Ballitore, County Kildare, some 30 miles from Dublin, and remained in correspondence with his schoolmate Mary Leadbeater, the daughter of the school’s owner, throughout his life.
In 1744, Burke went to Trinity College, Dublin and, in 1747, set up a debating society, „Edmund Burke’s Club”, which, in 1770, merged with the college’s Historical Club to form the College Historical Society, now the oldest undergraduate society in the world.
Burke’s father wished him to study for the law, and with this object he went to London in 1750. He entered the Middle Temple, but soon gave up legal study to travel in Continental Europe. After giving up law, he attempted to earn a livelihood through writing.