1704-1765; traveller, ed. Oxon; DCL, 1733; Archdeacon of Dublin; travelled
widely; visited Egypt, 1737-38, ascending Nile to Philae; proceeded to
Palestine, Cyprus, Asia Minor, and Greece; 1738-40; explored Mer de Glace
in valley of Chamounix, 1741; pioneer of Alpine travel; account of eastern
travels (1743-1745); bishop of Ossory, 1756-65; translated as bishop of
Meath, 1765; His MS accounts of tours in England, Scotland, and Ireland,
1747 and 1760, published 1888-91; Irish Tours, circuiting Ireland
in 1752, rep. 1995. ODNB.
George T. Stokes, ed., intro. & annot., Pococke's Tour in Ireland in 1752 (1891); Richard Pocockes Irish Tours, ed. John McVeagh (IAP 1995) [prev. unpublished journals of explorations of Irish coast in 1740s and
50s]. Also, R. Pococke, Sermon Preached
on the 27th of June 1762 (Dublin 1762).
W. B. Stanford, Ireland and the Classical Tradition (IAP 1976;
this ed. 1984), Richard Pococke, b. 1704, ed. England, precentor of Lismore
Cathedral in 1725, d. as Bishop of Meath in 1765; voyaged in Levant 1738-40;
thorough survey of the coast of the Troad on horseback in 1740, making
a good guess at the location of Troy (Hissarlik); Description of the
East and Some Other Countries I1743-45), praised by Gibbon in Decline
and Fall for superior learning and dignity though the
author often confounds what he has seen with what he has read (Chp.
51, n.69); translated into French, German, and Dutch; a collection of
coins and two Hellenistic rliefs in TCD; volume of Greek and Latin inscriptions,
with Jeremiah Miller (1752). See Pococke, ODNB.