Anthony Raymond

Life
1675-1726; b. Ballyloughran [Laile Uí Luachráin], Co. Derry, educ. by a Mr Jones in Queenstown [now Cobh], Co. Cork; TCD, 1692; FTCD, 1699; holy orders in Cork, 1699; vicar of Trim, Co. Meath by 1705; friend of Swift, Sheridan, and others; recommended for advancement by Swift, who refers to him in Journal to Stella; chaplain to the viceroy, Charles Talbot, Lord Shrewsbury, 1713; learned Irish in Trim, and employed scribes and scholars from the circle around Tadhg Ó Neachtain; engaged Dermod O’Connor to translate Keating in 1720, while Aodh Buidhe Mac Cruitín translated Tochmarc Etaíne at his request; believed that Hebrew and Irish were related (see Charles Vallancey and Charles O’Conor); projected and in part translated a ‘history of Ireland’ based on Keating’s Foras Feasa an Eirinn, intended to rebut the errors and incredulity of Anglo-Irish historians; attacked Dermod O’Connor’s translation of 1723 in his pamphlet Account of Dr. Keating’s History of Ireland (1723), claiming that O’Connor was an incompetent and a cheat. OCIL

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Works
An Account of Dr. keting’s [sic] history of Ireland, And the Translation of it by Dermod O Connor. Taken out of a Dissertation prefixed to the Memoirs of the Marquis of Clanricard later published in London. with some specimens of the said History and Translation (Dublin: Edwin Sandys 1723).

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Criticism
Andrew Carpenter, ‘Irish and Anglo-Irish Scholars in the Time of Swift: The Case of Anthony Raymond’, in Wolfgang Zach and Heinz Kosok, eds., Literary Interrelations: Ireland, England and the World, Vol. I: Reception and Translation (Tubingen: Guntar Narr Verlag, 1987), pp.11-20; Alan Harrison, Ag Cruinniú Meala (Baile Átha Cliath: An Clóchomhar 1988); Harrison, The Dean’s Friend Anthony Raymond (1675-1726): Jonathan Swift and the Irish Language (Dublin: De Burca 1997), ill.; Michael Cronin, ‘Digging Up the Past’, Translating Ireland: Tranlsations, Languages, Cultures (Cork UP 1996), pp.95-97, esp. p.97 [dealing with O’Connor’s trans. of Keating].

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