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The Irish Classical SelfPoets and Poor Scholars in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries$
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Laurie O’Higgins

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198767107

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767107.001.0001

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Eighteenth-Century Institutional Views

Eighteenth-Century Institutional Views

(p.99) 4 Eighteenth-Century Institutional Views
The Irish Classical Self

Laurie O’Higgins

Oxford University Press

This chapter assembles institutional evidence, such as the relevant Penal Laws, the State of Popery Report (1731), together with correspondence and notes from Catholic clerics regarding illegal schools that offered Latin. It discusses the controversial question of cost, asserting that in some cases poor boys did manage to acquire a classical education (sometimes described as training in the humanities) before proceeding to Continental seminaries. It also discusses the limitations of official reports, whatever their source. The concluding section presents the rapidly changing political situation at the end of the eighteenth century, including the Catholic Relief Acts, which culminated in the 1798 rebellion and the Act of Union.

Keywords:   State of Popery Report, illegal school, Penal Laws, poor boy, 1798 rebellion, Act of Union

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