William Monck Mason (1775-1859)

Life
[Joseph Monck Mason, LLD; br. of Henry Joseph Monck Mason; occas. Monck Mason]; issued Water for Exports (Dublin 1796); History of the Antiquities of the Church of St Patrick (1819), being part of a larger projected work; also issued The Catholic Religion of St. Patrick and St. Columbkill (1822); Suggestions Relative to a Survey of Ireland (1825); Reason and Authorities .. respecting the … the Irish language (1838); A Grammar of the Irish Language (1839), and History of the Origin and Progress of the Irish Society (1846). ODNB

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Works
  • Water for Exports (Dublin 1796);
  • History of the Antiquities of the Church of St Patrick (1820) [see details];
  • The Catholic Religion of St. Patrick and St. Columbkill (Dublin 1822);
  • Suggestions Relative to a Survey of Ireland (1825);
  • Reason and Authorities and facts afforded by the history of the Irish society respecting the duty of employing the Irish language as a more general medium for conveying Scriptural Instruction to the native peasantry of Ireland (4th edn., Godwin &c. 1838);
  • A Grammar of the Irish Language (1839) 63pp.;
  • History of the Origin and Progress of the Irish Society (2nd edn., Dublin: Godwin, Son & Nethercott [printers] 1846).

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Bibliographical details

The History and Antiquities of the Collegiate Cathedral Church of St. Patrick, near Dublin, from its foundation in 1190, to the year 1819: comprising A Topographical Account of the Lands and Parishes Appropriated to the Community of the Cathedral, and its Members; and Biographical Memoirs of its Deans. / collected chiefly, from sources of / original record, / By William Monck Mason, Esq., Dublin: Printed for the Author, by W. Folds, Strand-Street. / 1820. Ded. to His Most Sacred Majesty / King George the Fourth, / This attempt to illustrate the history, antiquities and topography of Ireland is, with his Majesty's gracious permission,/ Humbly dedicated, by His Majesty's / Most Dutiful Subject, / and Faithful Servant, /William Monck Mason. [Available at Google Books - online.]

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References
Dominic Daly, The Young Douglas Hyde (1974), contains a note citing Joseph Monck Mason, LLD, History of the Origin and Progress of the Irish Society (2nd ed., Dublin, Godwin, Son & Nethercott, printers, 1846); also Reason and Authorities and facts afforded by the history of the Irish society respecting the duty of employing the Irish language as a more general medium for conveying Scriptural Instruction to the native peasantry of Ireland (4th ed., Godwin &c. 1838) [Daly, p.202n.].

Edward Reilly, 400 Irish Writers, cites Mason - as does T. C. Croker in Historical Songs of Ireland (1841), relative to the first printing of the ballad “Liliburlero” by one Abel Roper, publisher of the Post-boy. (Croker, op. cit., p.5; citing History of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.)

University of Ulster Library (Morris Collection) holds A Grammar of the Irish Language (1839) 63pp.

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