History of Dr. Richard Price
Richard Price was born in the farmhouse of Tyn Ton in the village of Llangeinor, just to the north of Bridgend in south Wales on the 23rd February 1723. During his lifetime he would become one of the most celebrated men of the nineteenth century and was a celebrity for all of the right reasons.
Whilst he was loved and admired by many, there were others who hated his views and villified him. To some he was the torchbearer of freedom while to others he was a dangerous radical who challenged the foundations of constitutional monarchy.
He became a champion of liberty and individual freedom which made him famous not only in the United Kingdom but also in France and the burgeoning United States of America where his support for the revolutionaries in those countries gained him influential friends and in his home country influential enemies.
However, it wasn’t only in the field of Political Philosophy which he became famous for. Long before his work on Politics was debated he had already made enormous contributions to the way in which the Insurance industry worked transforming it from an unreliable service to commerce and individuals where ‘bubbles’ could and did bring financial ruin to many into enterprises based on mathematically proven calculations.
Despite these achievements Richard believed that any time spent not working as a religious Minister was frivolous and it is his contribution and achievements in the field of Ethics that he first achieved notoriety in eighteenth century life. His work on what is Right and what is Wrong permeated through his later works and provided the framework for his own life and the behaviour and lifestyles of thousands of others.
Any one of his contributions to the fields of Ethics, Mathematics and Politics should mean that he should be more well-known than he is. What is astonishing is that it was not to just one field of study that he made important contribution to but he was a major player in all three areas. And his work in all three fields are as relevant to today’s world as they were in the eighteenth century.
Tyn Ton Farmhouse