Anthony Dopping

Life
1643-1697; b. Dublin; ed. TCD, fellow 1662; son of Protestant Bishop of Kildare; chaplain to the duke of Ormond; appt.Bishop of Kildare, 1679; m. sis. of William Molyneux; trans.Bishop of Meath, and appt. Privy Councillor, 1682; offered to support provision of Irish-language psalms for Bedell’s [q.v.]Bible but ultimately failed to do so; contrib. preface to Irish New Testament; remained in Ireland during the Williamite War;vocal supporter of Church in Ireland and opponent of Tyrconnell in the ‘Patriot Parliament’, 1687-90 [viz., 1689]; suggested toWilliam III the proclamation of a fast during his campaign against James II in Ireland; attended William’s triumphal procession, July 1690; preached against leniency in the Treatyof Limerick; wrote against Catholics and Presbyterians, proposing expulsion of Catholic clergy from Ireland, 1693; issued Modus Tenendi Parliamenta in Hibernia (1692), purporting to be an ‘ancient record’ from the age of ‘Henricus Rex Anglie, Conquestor & Dominus Hibernie’, printed together with ‘the rules of the House of Commons’ in the time of Edward VI; regarded as ultra-Protestant and credited with preserving the Church of Ireland during the Jacobite administration, but remembered as lively and entertaining; d. Dublin; MS material in TCD Library; Dopping is a fanatical ultra-Protestant in a novel of John Banim. ODNB OCIL FDA

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Works
Speech of the Right Rev. Anthony, Bishop of Meath, when the Clergy waited on His Majesty at His Camp nigh Dublin, July 7 1690 (Edinburgh: Anderson 1690;). Modus Tendendi Parliamenta & Consilia in Hibernia (Dublin A. Crook 1692; [London] B. Took 1692), Do., new edn. (Dublin: J. Milliken 1772), 84pp.; A sermon preached ... at the funeral ... of Francis, Lord Archbishop of Dublin (Dublin 1694).

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Criticism
Pádraig de Brún, ‘A Seventeenth-centry Translation of the First Psalm’, in Éigse, Vol. 17 (1977-89); see also refs. in Roy Foster, Modern Ireland (1988) and Michael Cronin, Translating Ireland: Translation, Languages, Culture (Cork UP 1996).

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Commentary
Michael Cronin, Translating Ireland: Translation, Languages, Culture (Cork UP 1996): instead of ‘prosecuting what he designed and promised’ showed himself ‘wholly unconcerned and sat neuter’ (letter of Bishop Narcissus Marsh in a letter to Robert Boyle of 22 March 1685; Cronin, q.p.)

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Quotations
A. N. Jeffares, Anglo-Irish Literature (London: Macmillan 1982), quoting from Andrew Carpenter, ed., Miscellanies in Prose (1972), an eloquent sermon, ‘Doe not all the usurers and merchants, all the labourers and tradesmen under the sun, toyle and care, labour and contrive, venter and complot for a little mony, which few get, and scarce any man desires so much as to cover five acres of ground with? And is this pitiful scume, this so poore a limited heepe of dirt, the reward of all the labor, and the end of all the care, the designe of all the malice and the recompense of all the wars in the world? [...] And can it bee Imagined that life it selfe, a long, happy, and aeternall one, a perfect and glorious Kingdome that shall never have an end, nor its joys abated with fears and jealousys, with care and sorrow, -that such a life and such a kingdome, should not be worth a few hours of seriousness?’; Jeffares remarks that such Anglo-Irish writers are not marked by any particularly Irish qualities, and that Dopping like Ussher is writing within the establish guidlines of his Church career, his sermon having a universal quality [note that Carpenter, op. cit., biog. notice, characterises it as ‘metaphysical’ in the manner still fashionable in Ireland].

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References
British Library holds [1] A sermon [on 2 Cor. v. 1] preached ... at the funeral of ... Francis, Lord Archbishop of Dublin. Dublin, 1694. 4o. [2] Speech of the Right Reverend Anthony, Bishop of Meath, when the Clergy waited on His Majesty at His Camp nigh Dublin, July 7, 1690, etc. Re-printed by the Heir of Andrew Anderson: Edinburgh, 1690. s. sh. fol. [3] The Speech of the Right Reverend Father in God Anthony Lord Bishop of Meath, when the clergy waited on His Majesty at his camp nigh Dublin, July 7, 1690. Together with His Majesty’s most gracious answer. B. Took, 1690. s. sh. fol. [4] Modus tenendi Parliamenta & Consilia in Hibernia. Published out of an Antient Record [purporting to run thus, Henricus Rex Anglie, Conquestor & Dominus Hibernie, etc.] by ... Anthony [Dopping] ... Bishop of Meath ... To which is added, The Rules and Customs of the House [of Commons of England], gathered out of the Journal Books, from the time of Edward the Sixth. By H[enry] S[cobel] E[sq.] C[lericus] P[arliamenti]. MS. notes [by F. Hargrave]. [Another copy.] Modus tenendi Parliamenta in Hibernia, etc. Title [Another copy.] Modus tenendi Parliamenta in Hibernia, etc. 9, 47pp. A. Crook: Dublin, 1692. 8o. A. Crook: Dublin, 1692. 8o. Dublin, 1692. 8o. [5] Modus tenendi parliamenta in Hibernia. Published out of an antient record by Anthony, Lord Bishop of Meath. To which is added the rules and customs of the House, gathered out of the Hournal Books from the time of Edward VI. By H. S. E. C.P. [i.e. Henry Scobel, Esq., Clericus Parliamenti]. A new edition. Dublin: J. Milliken, 1772. 84pp. 8o.

Seamus Deane, gen. ed., The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (Derry: Field Day 1991), Vol. 1, pp.985-86, reps. untitled MS sermon [TCD MS 1689, pp.53-60]; printed in Andrew Carpenter, ed., Miscellanies in Prose [Irish Writings from the Age of Swift] (Dublin: Cadenus Press 1972), pp.13-16; rep. verbatim as ‘On Salvation [...]’ [1680s].

Hyland Books (Cat. 219; Oct. 1995): Dopping’s copy of The Works of Sir James Ware, Vol. 1: The Bishops (1739), with his annotations on his f., bishop of Kildare, purchased by Dopping for £1. 10s. 6d., here listed £200.

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Notes
Dopping’s Court: The Bishop of Meath occupied house in Golden Lane, in which was born Dr. Madden, fndr. of the Royal Dublin Society, and later called Dopping’s Court; see P. J. McCall, Dublin Historical Journal (March 1940), p.113.

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