Dean Richard Butler

From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878

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Butler, Richard, Dean of Clonmacnoise, was born near Granard, County of Longford, 14th October 1794. He was educated at Reading under Dr. Valpy; in 1814 he entered Oxford, and in 1819 received priest's orders, and was inducted vicar, of Trim. There his life was passed in attendance on the duties of his cure, and in literary and antiquarian investigations. He was intimate with the best minds of the day in his own party: Maria Edgeworth was an occasional visitor at his house. He was one of the founders of the Irish Archaeological Society, for which association he edited Clyn and Dowling's Annals. Before 1840 he had brought out two editions of his work on the Antiquities of Trim. He died 17th July 1862, aged 67, and was interred beside the church where he had ministered for forty-three years.

Sources

64a. Butler, Very Rev. Richard: Memoir by his Widow. N.P. 1863.

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