John Stearne

Life
1624-1669 [var. 1628; also Sterne]; b. Ardbraccan, Co. Meath, in James Ussher, Bishop of Meath’s Episcopal palace, his father from Cambridge; ed. TCD, he fled to England in 1643, and returned in 1651, being appointed lecturer in Hebrew, after sojourn at Cambridge University; proposed the College of Physicians be founded at Trinity Hall in Back Lane, 1660; chartered, 1667; early medical Professor at TCD; works incl. Anima Medela (1653), Aphorismi de Felicitate (1664), De Destinatione (1672); Tractatus de Visitatione Informorum (Dublin 1697); bur. in chapel of TCD. RR ODNB DIB DIW

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Criticism
Richard Ryan, Biographia Hibernica, Irish Worthies (1821), Vol. II, p.575.

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Notes
Portrait, John Stearne, d.1669, unknown, TCD; see Anne Crookshank, ed., Irish Portraits Exhibition [Catalogue] (Ulster Mus. 1965).

History of St. Patrick (Dublin 1810), by anon., claims that Jonathan Swift came to St. Patrick’s Deanship in succession to Dr. Stearne.

Tractatus: a copy of his Tractatus de Visitatione Infirmorum (1697) is listed in the catalogue of books formerly belonging to James Collins, deceased, of Convent View, Drumcondra, in the Rare Books Collection of Illinois UL [UIUC] printed by Hely Thom for his administrix; n.d.; early twentieth century [online; accessed 01.09.2010].

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