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Provosts of TCD – Lecture by Dr Peter Boyle

February 26, 2016 @ 14:30 - 16:00

You are invited to join other members of the Trinity Retirement Association at a lecture by Peter Boyle entitled Provosts of TCD on Friday 26th February 2016 at 2.30pm in the Botany Lecture Theatre, Trinity College.

Peter Boyle has just published a new book entitled ‘’Trinity College Dublin, The Provosts 1592-1927′.  It deals with the 37 men who were in charge of Trinity between 1592 and 1927.  These 37 men form a disparate group.  Some of them, a few, were deeply spiritual, almost saintly men, such as William Bedell.  Although an Englishman, he employed a little boy to teach him Irish, and then arranged for the translation of the Old Testament into Irish. Three of the Provosts were obliged to spend time in jail, although this was in no way to their discredit. Provost Chappell was jailed for being a Royalist in civil war times, Provost Martin for insulting the Privy Council, and Provost Seele for using the Book of Common Prayer when it was banned by the Puritans.   Eleven of the Provosts in the 17th century were Oxbridge men.  From 1692 to 1991, however, every Provost was educated in Trinity, and the sequence was only broken in 1991 when Provost Mitchell was elected. Mitchell came from University College, Galway.

Peter Boyle is Fellow Emeritus of Trinity and a member of the Chemistry Department.  He is also a member of the Trinity Retirement Association.


We would appreciate it if you would let us know if you will be joining us for this lecture.   You can sign up on the website below or you can email info@tcdretired.ie.

We look forward to seeing you then.



February 26, 2016
14:30 - 16:00
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