Thady Dowling

Life
1514-1628; prob. b. Queen’s County [Offaly]; appt. ecclesiasical treasurer of Leighlin, Co. Carlow, c.1590; afterwards Chancellor, 1591; ‘an excellent Canonist’ (Ware); wrote Short Annals of Ireland (Annales Hiberniae) and an Irish grammar, et al., c.1598; taught in Latin and Irish; writings cited in Sir James Ware, Writers of Ireland [trans. Harris, 1736 Edn.]; named in record of regal visitation of 1615 as an ancient Irish minister aetat. 71; d. Leighlin (aetat 84). ODNB

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References
Dictionary of National Biography [auth. George Smith]: ‘[...] No autographed manuscripts of Dowling's Annales HiberniŠ is at present accessible. They were edited in 1849 for the Irish Archaeological Society by the Very Rev. Richard Butler, dean of Clanmacnoise, from a transcript in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin. The editor was unable to throw light upon Dowling’s career, nor does he appear to have been fully conversant with the sources from which Dowling derived the materials for his compilation. Copies of documents of 1541 in the writing and attested by Dowling as Chancellor of Leighlin are extant among the state papers, Ireland, in the Public Records Office, London. A transcript of an official document, with an attestation by Dowling in April 1555, is preserved in the same repository. (Ware, De Scriptoribus AcherniŠ, 1639; MSS., TCD; State Papers, Ireland, Public Records Office, London; Annals of Ireland, Dublin, 1849.) Note: The foregoing supplied on the Dowling Family webpage brought to our attention by Beatrix Faerber (UUC) [online].

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