The W.N. Osborough Composition Prize in Legal History has been awarded to Dr Ben Hazard (School of History, UCD) for ‘Thomas Wadding, Waterford landowner and lawyer of Gray’s Inn, 1562–1613’.
The prize is awarded to a member of the Irish Legal History Society who has written a composition that is deemed to have made a significant contribution to the field of Irish Legal History.
Dr Hazard’s paper is an account of Wadding’s eventful career from his training as a lawyer in London, to his return to Ireland where he served key patrons and witnessed the Munster plantation at first hand. Throughout the late sixteenth century, Thomas Wadding played an integral part in the civic life of Waterford. He held the mayoralty of the city in 1596 and maintained close contacts to the regional elites that governed Waterford, Dublin and Kilkenny.
Rules and further information about the prize can be found here.