Edward Berwick

1750-1820; b. Co. Down; ordained 1776; vicar of Tullylish, Leixlip, and Clongish, and private chaplain to the Earl of Moira, later Marquis of Hastings; author of Pranceriana (1774-76), ed. Robt. Dodsley [of Selection Collection of Old Plays, which includes Ram Alley], a series of verse squibs arising from the attempt of John Hely Hutchinson, Provost of TCD, to coerce the students parliamentary votes; lost scholarship but reinstated on appeal to bishops of Armagh and Dublin; works include A Treatise on the Government of the Church (1811); The Down County Election (1790); and ed., The Rawdon Papers (1819), containing much information about the 1641 Rebellion; issued a Defence of Doctor Swift (1819); also translations from Greek such as The Lives of Marcus Valerius, Messala Corvinus, and Titus Pompinius Atticus (1812); ed. letters of Dr. Bramhill, a seventeenth century primate of the Church of Ireland. ODNB DIH OCIL

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The History of Ireland from the Earliest Period to the Union with Great Britain
... original documents and a discussion of the Roman Catholic Question (Belfast: printed by George Berwick 1815), 370pp.; catalogued under George Berwick in Anderson’s Belfast Bibliography but ascribed by Robet Trail, a contemporary owner (purchased 11 July 1816), to Edward Bardwick, MA, prob. meaning the author of The Rawdon Papers. [Emerald Isle Catalogue.]

W. B. Stanford, Ireland and the Classical Tradition (IAP 1976; this ed. 1984), noes E[dward] Berwick’s pioneer English translation of Philostratus’ Life of Apollonius of Tyana (1809) and further remarks that Berwick produced the first complete version of Philostratus’ Life of Apollonius of Tyana (1809). [170]

Emerald Isle Books (Cat. 95) lists The Rawdon Papers ... Letter to and from Dr. John Brmhall, Primate of Ireland [&c.[, il. with Literary and Hisotrical Notes by Rev. E. Berwick (London: Nichols 1819), 430pp.; bound in hf. blue grained cf. by Henderson, with bookplate of Andrew Carnegie; gen. charts of Rawdon and Conway families; with Presbyterian Hist. Soc. paper by Sir George Rawdon. [125.]

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George Moore, the Irish novelist, believed that Berwick ‘wrote the best English prose that ever came out of Ireland’ [see John Eglinton], and modelled his own books in the Heinemann edition on the format of Berwick’s Apollonius of Tyana (1810), translated from the Greek. (See notice by Maurice Craig, in Irish Book Lover, 1946.)

Duke of Berwick was the illegitimate son of James II (James VII of Scotland); ed. France; left England at Glorious Revolution; fought in Ireland with his father against William III; served with distinction in French campaign against Camisard; Marshal, 1706; commanded French forces in b. of Almanza during war of the Spanish Succession.

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