Samuel Henry Butcher
1850-1910 [S. H. Butcher]; b. Dublin 16 April; son of Samuel Henry Butcher
(1811-1876), author of Ecclesiastical History, and Bishop of Meath
(who resigned the Chair of Divinity at TCD and was succeeded by George
Salmon in order to assume episcopal office); ed. Marlborough and Trinity
College, Cambridge; winner of Bell and Waddington Schol.; Powis Medal,
Chancellors Medal; member of The Apostles; with Andrew
Lang, trans. Odyssey (1879); resigned Edinburgh chair of Greek
in 1903, on death of his wife, and moved to London; d. London, 29 Dec.,
buried Dean cemetery, Edinburgh; of Butcher and Lang, trans. Odyssey (Tell me, Muse, of that man, so ready at need, who wandered
far and wide); published books on Aristotle, Homer, Demostenes and
other classical authors, incl. Theory of Poetics and Fine Art (1895);
Royal Commission on higher ed. in Scotland; organised Unionists against
danger of Home Rule; Royal Commission on University Education
in Ireland, 1901-02 and 1906-07; protested with W. B. Yeats and others
against Dublin Corporation refusal to house Hugh Lanes Impressionist
Collection in a purpose-built municipal gallery (Freemans Journal,
13 Dec. 1904); 1st Pres. of Irish Classical Association, founder of Eng.
Class. Assoc.; elected Unionist MP for Cambridge, 1906; made impassioned
speech ag ains substitution of real University teaching in order to provide
the education that Catholic laymen desired; spoke only on Irish issues;
see Irish Book Lover, Vol 2. DIB ODNB OCIL
W. B. Stanford, Ireland and the Classical Tradition (IAP 1976;
1984), calls him the Professor of Greek at Edinburgh, Irish by birth and
parentage, who fnd. the Classical Association of Ireland and became its
first president in 1908. (p.69.) Further, S. H. Butchers translation
of the Odyssey, with Andrew Lang, is original in being done in
prose, though the Wardour St. diction ultimately brought it to the ridicule
of parody in Ulysses. (Ibid., p.171.)
University of Ulster (Central Library) holds works on Aristotle,
Homer and other Greeks, incl. ... Fine Art [PN 1040.A7]; Harvard Lects.
[DF77.B947]; Demosthenes [PA3949.A5]; Poetics [PA3893.P5]; ... Greek Genius
Belfast Central Library holds Two Sermons preached (at) TCD
Booksellers: Hyland Catalogue (No.
224) lists An Introductory Lecture delivered in the Divinity School, TCD
1854 (1st edn. 1855), 56pp. Emerald Isle Books Catalogue (No 95) lists
A Charge to the Clergy of the Diocese of Meath [...] Oct 1867 (Dublin:
Hodges 1867|), 48pp.
James Joyce employs a sentence from Butcher and Langs translation
of the Odyssey: Tell me, Muse, of that man, so ready at need,
who wandered far and wide (line 176); Ulysses (Corrected
edn., 8.934; see Don Gifford, Ulysses Annotated, California UP
Hugh Lane Appeal: S.
H. Butcher joined with Augusta Gregory, Douglas Hyde, Somerville & Ross, Emily
Lawless, George Russell, and W. B. Yeats in An Appeal from Irish
Authors (Freemans Journal, 13 Dec. 1904), protesting
against Corporation judgement on Hugh Lanes gallery. See Adrian
Frazier, Paris, Dublin: Looking at George Moore Looking at Manet,
in New Hibernia Review, 1, 1 (Spring 1997), pp.19-30. See also in Alan Denson, Letters from AE (London: Abelard-Schuman 1961), p.54, - as given under Jane Barlow, Notes, supra.