Erasmus Smith

Life
1611-1691; London merchant and alderman, received 666 acres in Tipperary for an ‘adventure’ of 300; built schools for local children ‘in the fear of God and good literature, and to speak the English tongue’, 1655; initially Presbyterian, the schools were placed under Episcopalian supervision by Royal Charter of 1699.

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References
Roy Foster, Modern Ireland, p. 105.)

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Notes
Erasmus Smith chair of Modern History, TCD, held by John Begnall Bury in 1882 [ODNB]; note also The Erasmian, school paper of High School, Dublin.

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