First Professor of Celtic at Jesus College, Oxford; issued Lectures
on the Origin and Growth of Religion as Illustrated by Celtic Heathendom
(London: Williams & Norgate 1888), adopting the comparative method
and favouring Friedrich Max Mullers solar theory of mythology; making
Cuchullain a sun-god; influenced the Irish Literary revival writers; gave
Hibbert Lectures in 1886 [var. 1888], examining mythology of ancient Celts
in context of nineteenth-century archaeology and anthropology. [see John
Frayne, ed. Uncollected Prose of W. B. Yeats, Vol. I, 1970, p.49].
Lectures on the Origin and Growth of Religion as illustrated by Celtic
Heathendom [1886 Hibbert Lects.] (2nd edn. 1892), xi+708pp.
[Celts were remnants] of Aryans before their separation,
or during what is sometimes called their pro-ethnic period, and
the guardians of a spirituality which stretched from the grey dawn
of their pre-history onwards to our own era. (cited in Christopher
Morash, Celticism: between Race and Culture, [pt. 2 of] The
Triple Play of Irish History, in Irish Review (Winter-Spring
1997), pp.29-36; pp.34-35.