Church of Ireland Historical Society to meet in Armagh

Wednesday March 19th 2014

Prof Jacqueline Hill is one of the speakers.The next meeting of the Church of Ireland Historical Society will be held in the Armagh Public Library (Robinson Library) on Saturday April 5.

The library is located at the northwest entrance gate to the Church of Ireland Cathedral.


10.30 a.m. Coffee and registration

11.00 a.m. Professor Jacqueline Hill, ‘Revd William Phelan FTCD and the historiography of the Church of Ireland’

12.00 p.m. Mr Ciarán McCabe, ‘Suppressing street begging in pre–Famine Ireland: a case study in the use of parish vestry minute books’ [Research Paper]

1.00 p.m. Lunch

2.00 p.m. Dr Brendan Scott, ‘The 1622 royal visitation of the Church of Ireland in Ulster’

3.00 p.m. Dr Colin Reid, ‘Stephen Gwynn’s Irish Revolution’


• Prof. Jacqueline Hill has recently retired from the department of history at NUI Maynooth. She is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and is on the editorial team of Irish History Online, which provides bibliographic data on Irish historical writing. She has published extensively on eighteenth– and nineteenth–century Ireland and edited volume seven of A New History of Ireland (Oxford, 2003).
• Mr Ciarán McCabe holds a BA and H.Dip in Irish history from NUI Maynooth and an MA in social and cultural history of medicine from UCD. He is in the third year of an Irish Research Council postgraduate scholarship at NUI Maynooth. His doctoral thesis examines perceptions of, and responses to, street begging in early nineteenth–century Ireland.
• Dr Brendan Scott is manager of Monreagh Heritage and Education Centre having previously worked as research officer in the County Cavan Museum. He is a sixteenth– and seventeenth–century Irish historian. Among his publications are Religion and Reformation in the Tudor diocese of Meath (Dublin, 2006) and, as editor, Culture and society in early modern Breifne/Cavan (Dublin, 2009).
• Dr Colin Reid is senior lecturer in the department of history at Northumbria University. His research interests have focused on the mentalities at the heart of the nineteenth– and twentieth–century Anglo–Irish dilemma. These aspects were explored in his recent book The Lost Ireland of Stephen Gwynn: Irish Constitutional Nationalism and Cultural Politics, 1864–1950 (Manchester, 2011).

You can register online at If you wish to become a member the annual subscription was fixed last November at £35 or €40. This includes admission to our bi–annual conferences, lunch, book discounts, and exclusive access to the Society’s podcasts. Non–members are most welcome. They are asked to subscribe £7 or €10 to assist with conference expenses (lunch not included).

Queries may be either addressed to the honorary secretary, Dr Adrian Empey, by email at: or visit the society’s website:

The Church of Ireland Historical Society meets twice a year: in the Public Library, Armagh, in April, and in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, in November. It exists to promote scholarly interest in the history of the Church, and to facilitate publication.

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