George T. Stokes (1843-98)

Life
[George Thomas Stokes]; b. Athlone, ed. TCD, DD, 1886; vicar at Newtown Park, Co. Dublin, 1868-98; canon of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 1893, [vicar of all Saints DIW]; Prof. of Ecclesiastical History, TCD, 1883; librarian of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, 1887; issued Ireland and the Celtic Church (1886), which ran into several edns. incl. the 6th edn. rev. by Hugh Jackson Lawlor (1907 &c.); issued Ireland and the Anglo-Norman Church (1889); wrote papers for Royal Irish Academy and Royal Society of Antiquaries; d. Dublin. ODNB DIW

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Works
  • The Work of the Laity in the Church of Ireland, especially in regard to questions of faith and discipline (Dublin: Hodges, [Figgis], & Co. 1869), 20pp.;
  • Ecclesiastical History and Scientific Research: An introductory Lecture [ ... &c.] (Dublin: Hodges, Figgis & Co. 1883), 24pp.;
  • Ireland and the Celtic Church: A History of Ireland from St. Patrick to the English Conquest in 1172 (London: Hodder & Stoughton 1886; 1888; 1892; 1899; 1900), xv, 358pp. [20 cm.]; and Do. [6th edn.], revised by Hugh Jackson Lawlor (London: SPCK; New York: Gorham 1907), xvi, 382pp. and Do. [7th edn.] (London: SPCK; NY, Toronto: Macmillan 1928), xvi, 384pp. [all 21 cm.];
  • with Charles H. H. Wright, Writings of St Patrick, the Apostle of Ireland (Dublin, London: James Nisbet & Co.; Dublin: Hodges Figgis & Co. [publ. to the Univ.] 1887; 79pp. [see details]
  • Ireland and the Anglo-Norman Church: A History of Ireland and Irish Christianity from the Anglo-Norman Conquest to the Dawn of the Reformation (London: Hodder & Stoughton 1889, 1892; 1897), xvi, 391pp., 21 cm.;
  • Dudley Loftus: A Dublin Antiquary of the 17th Century (Dublin 1890), [q.p.];
  • The Acts of the Apostles, Vol.2 [The Expositor's Bible ] (London: Hodder & Stoughton 1892, 1893, 1896, 1897), xvi, 480pp.;
  • Greek in Gaul and Western Europe down to A.D. 700 [and] The Knowledge of Greek in Ireland between A.D. 500 and 900 […] rep. from RIA Proceedings [3rd ser.], Vol. II., No. 2 (Dublin 1892);
  • Calendar of the “Liber niger Alan” [John Alan] (Dublin: Royal Society of Antiquaries [1893-97]), 1 vol. [var. pag. 25cm];
  • Some Worthies of the Irish Church: Lectures Delivered in the Divinity School of the University of Dublin, ed., with preface & notes, Hugh Jackson Lawlor (London 1900).
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Bibliographical details
Writings of St Patrick, the Apostle of Ireland, a revised translation, with Notes, critical and historical, by the Rev. George Thomas Stokes, DD., professor of Eccles. History in the Univ. of Dublin, Libr. of St. Patrick’s Public Library (Primate Marsh’s Library) and Vicar of All Saints, Blackrock; and the Rev. Charles H. H. Wright, DD, of TCD, MA, Exeter Coll., Oxford [etc.], incumbent of St. Bethesda Church, Dublin, London: James Nisbet & Co.; Dublin: Hodges Figgis & Co. [publ. to the Univ.] 1887; 79pp. incl. lists. Stokes noticed as auth. of Ireland the the Celtic Church: A History of Ireland from St Patrick to the English Conquest in 1172; also noticed in end list: Wright, A Grammar of the Modern Irish Language designed for the use of the Classes in Univ. of Dublin, 2nd edn. rev. adn enl., London: Williams & Norgate; Dublin DF 1860, and coms. on Hebrew versions of Book of Ruth; Genesis; Zechariah and his Prophecies, and The Book of Koheleth called Ecclesiastes, considered in relation to Modern Criticism and to the Doctrines of Modern Pessimism (Hodder & Stoughton, 1882). Introduction, pp.1-18 [subscribed Charles Wright; 33 Mespil Rd., Dublin]; Miss Cusack’s Life [1871] called ‘work of special importance, not only because it is the fullest work on the subject written from a Roman Catholic standpoint, but also because it contains “The Tripartie Life of Saint Patrick, Apostle of Ireland, Translated from the Original Irish by W. M. Hennessy, Esq., MRIA” [as Cusack pp.369-502], along with the latter’s trans. of Confession and Epistle to Coroticus, 571-620, and based on the transcription of the Book of Armagh copy [deemed by Ferguson to be an abridgement] by Thaddeus O’Mahony, Prof. of Irish at TCD, 1859-71 [Stokes, p.7]. Epistle to Coroticus contained not in Book of Armagh but in Cottonian MS and two Bodleian MSS; also in Bollandist version contained in Acta Sanctorum, supposed to have perished in the French Revolution, and gen. regarded as a fifth version; Bibl., R. Steele Nicholson, MA TCD, St Patrick: Apostle of Ireland in the Third century (Dublin: McGlashan & Gill 1868) [incidentally disproved by several of the historical points noticed by Prof. Stokes; ftn. 9.]; Rev. Thomas Olden, BA, MRIA [vicar of Ballyclough], The Epistles and Hymn of St Patrick with the Poem of Secundinus, trans., Dublin: Hodges Figgis: 1876); A. F. Foster [author of Chambers Latin-English Dict.], ed. The Confession of St Patrick: or St Patrick’s Epistle to the Irish People in the Third Century [sic], trans from copies in British Museum and Bod.; Glasgow: Robert Machlehose (for Univ. Press) [deemed inaccurate]; also cites translation in English blank verse by ‘lately deceased and much to be regretted Sir Samuel Ferguson’, LLD, Pres. RIA; Transactions of RIA, Vol. XXVII [Polite literature adn Antiquities], VI (Dublin: RIA 1885). For longer extracts, see under St. Patrick, “Commentary”, supra.

Noticed in endpapers: Stokes’ Ireland the the Celtic Church: A History of Ireland from St Patrick to the English Conquest in 1172; also noticed are: Wright, A Grammar of the Modern Irish Language designed for the use of the Classes in Univ. of Dublin [2nd rev. enl. edn.] (London: Williams & Norgate; Dublin: Hodges Figgis 1860), and a commentary on Hebrew versions of Book of Ruth, Genesis, Zechariah and his Prophecies, and The Book of Koheleth, called Ecclesiastes, ‘considered in relation to Modern Criticism and to the Doctrines of Modern Pessimism (London: Hodder & Stoughton 1882).

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References
Booksellers: Various catalogues incl. Hyland Books, 219 (1997), list Ireland and the Celtic Church (1886), and Do., another edn. (London 1892), 356pp.; Ireland the Anglo-Norman Church (1888); ‘Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles,’ for Expositor’s Bible (1891); Ireland and the Celtic Church (6th Edn. 1907); with Charles H. H. Wright, The Writings of St. Patrick: A Revised Translation (1887), 79pp.

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Notes
Hugh Jackson Lawlor: Lawlor was whilom Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral.

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