Church Of Ireland Historical Society – 2 November 2013 Conference

The next meeting of the Society will be held in the Chapter Room, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, on Saturday 2nd November



10.30am: Coffee and registration

11am: Dr Jason McElligott, ‘How John Hewson signed his name: or, how to spot a monster in an archive’

12pm: Mr Liam O’Rourke, ‘The chaplains of the Church of Ireland: paths to preferment 1660–1714’ [Research Paper]

12.45pm: Launch of the Church of Ireland Historical Society website

1pm: Lunch

2pm: Dr Sylvie Kleinman, ‘His Grace is rather occupied: Bishop Joseph Stock, Enlightenment diarist, eyewitness to war and chronicler of history, c. 1773–1800’

3pm: Dr Jacinta Prunty, ‘Battle plans and battle grounds: Protestant missions in the Dublin slums, 1840s to 1880s’


•             Dr Jason McElligott is the head librarian and CEO of Marsh’s Library, Dublin. He obtained his PhD in history from the University of Cambridge. He has wide research interests in the field of early–modern print culture. His publications primarily focus on the history of the book; the history of reading; the growth of printed propaganda; and the theory and practice of censorship.

•             Mr Liam O’Rourke holds an M.Litt from NUI Maynooth. He is currently studying for his PhD at the University of Kent. His research examines the social, economic, pastoral and political role of the eighty–two bishops that served in Ireland between 1660 and 1714.

•             Dr Sylvie Kleinman is a member of the Centre for War Studies at Trinity College, Dublin. Her thesis is being revised for publication under the working title: ‘The War in Words Translating, Persuading, Invading: United Irishmen and French military strategy (1792–1805).’

•             Dr Jacinta Prunty is senior lecturer in the department of history at NUI Maynooth. Her research and teaching interest encompass all aspects of urban, social and cartographic history, with a particular focus on the history of town mapping. She is a member of the editorial board of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas and has published widely on 19th and 20th century Irish history.

Launch of the Church of Ireland Historical Society website

To mark the launch of our website there will be a brief demonstration of what people can expect. This includes a new online membership scheme, access to podcasts, discounts on books, and the latest news and events.


The annual subscription was fixed last November at £35 or €40. Non–members are most welcome. They are asked to subscribe £7 or €10 to assist with conference expenses.

Queries may be either addressed to the honorary secretary, Dr Adrian Empey, by email at: moc.liamg@shioc.yraterces 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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