The Earl Of Rosse, A Well-known Astronomer Famous For His Construction Of The Gi ...
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Description: The Earl of Rosse, a well-known astronomer famous for his construction of the giant telescope the Leviathan of Parsonstown at his seat in Birr Castle, County Offaly. He also sat as Member of Parliament and was an Irish Representative Peer from 1845 to 1867 – years during which millions of the Irish population died from starvation or emigrated. He was one of the very few who foresaw the consequences of the potato blight and tried to alert the British authorities.