Richard Pococke

Life
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.

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Works
George T. Stokes, ed., intro. & annot., Pococke's Tour in Ireland in 1752 (1891); Richard Pococke’s 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 unpublished journals of explorations of Irish coast in 1740s and 50s].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).

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Commentary
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.

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