Devonshire Street North derives its name from Abraham Devonsher who was a merchant in Cork in the eighteenth century. He served as High Sheriff of County Cork in 1762. He also served as an M.P. for Rathcormac on three occasions between 1756 and 1776. Originally a Quaker, he was expelled from the Quaker community in 1756 for 'conformity to the world' and for his involvement in politics. At the time the Quakers did not approve of their members becoming involved in politics. The Hibernian Chronicle reported his death on Thursday 24 April 1783 as follows: 'Tuesday last at his lodgings on the Grand Parade, Abraham Devonsher of Kilshannick Esq'.
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