William Corkey

Life
Presbyterian minister, and son of a minister; author of Glad Did I Live: Memoirs of a Long Life (Belfast newsletter 1963 [2nd edn.]); recollects the words of his own father: ‘People imagine ministers have nothing to do. If they followed me around for one day they would change their mind’ (Foreword); there is a life by his wife, Ethel Corkey, who also wrote religious stories for children; a brother Robert, also ordained, served as Minister of Education under Basil Brooke in the 1940s.

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Works
Episode in the history of Protestant Ulster, 1923-1947: story of the struggle of the Protestant community to maintain Bible instruction in their schools (Belfast: Dorman & Sons [1959]), 152pp.; Do. rep. edn. [1964]; Glad Did I Live: Memoirs of a Long Life (Belfast: Belfast News-Letter 1962, 1963), 389pp., ill., pls. & ports.

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Criticism
Ethel Corkey, David Corkey: A Life Story of Work in Slums, in a C ountry Parish and on the Battlefield (London: RTS 1927, 1929), 288pp., ill. [8 lvs. of pls.]

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References
Cathach Books (Cat. 1996-97) lists Memoirs of an Irish Manse: Pages from the Life of Joseph Corkery and his Wife Isabella Sloane (Belfast News-Letter), 72pp.

COPAC lists Ethel Corkey, David Corkey: A Life [... &c.] (1927, 1929). Also by Ethel Corkey, The way of the Hundred Stars [Via delle cento stelle] (London 1918), Jean (London: RTS [1919]), 303pp.; Mollie's Good Intentions (London[: RTS] 1921, 1925, 1936); The Magic Circle (London & Glasgow: Blackie & Son 1924), 256pp., ill. C. E. Brock; The Desert Island, adpt. from stories of E. Corkey [Blackie's Graded Story Readers] (London & Glasgow: Blackie & Son 1935), 47pp., 8o.

Also (COPAC), works by William Corkey, The McCann Mixed Marriage Case: an address by the Rev. Wm. Corkey [2nd edn.] (Edinburgh: The Knox Club 1911), 18 [4]pp.

Also (COPAC) works by Alexander Corkey, The Truth about Ireland; or, Through the Emerald Isle with an Aeroplane ... [with] introduction showing the bright future of Ireland by Hon. William Jennings Bryan (London: Richard J. James [1910]), 112pp., 8o., ill. [port.]

Also (COPAC) Robert Corkey, War, Pacifism and Peace: A Study in Ultimate War Aims, for Peace-lovers in Britain and America (London: SPCK 1940), xi, 13-171pp.

Also (COPAC), J. McLarnon, with D. Corkey, A survey of facts, figures and opinion relating to the economic situation of Londonderry (Belfast: NI Community Relations Commission [1971]), 7pp. [lvs.].

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Notes
Kith & Kin: A brother, Rev. Robert was a Stormont MP and briefly served as Minister for education under Basil Brooke in the 1940s; another, David Corkey, served as a Presbyterian chaplain in the First World War, in which he lost an arm, dying some years after Armistice from wounds; there is biography by his wife with material from war-time letters & subsequent reminiscences including an account of a visit to Thiepval some months after the charge of the Ulster Division on 1 July 1916. (Information supplied by Patrick Maume, QUB.)

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