Irish Colleges in Europe

Repository: Irish Jesuit Archives

Identity Statement

TitleIrish Colleges in Europe
Archive ReferenceIE IJA/ICOL
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1592-1790
Extent Medium3 boxes


Creator(s): Irish Jesuits

  • Administrative History ↴

    The Irish Colleges were established chronologically as follows: Lisbon 1590, Salamanca 1592, Santiago de Compostela 1605, Seville 1608 or 1612, Rome 1628 and Poitiers 1674. Irish Jesuits were involved in the establishment or running of the colleges at Lisbon, Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela and Seville. The colleges were established with the aim of educating and training students for the priesthood and acted as service and social centres for Irish religious communities all over Europe. Fr Thomas White SJ (1558-1622) founded Salamanca and went on to become Vice-Rector (for diplomatic reasons the title of Rector was held by a Spanish Jesuit) successively at Santiago (1612) and Seville (1619). Fr John Howling SJ (1543-1599) founded Lisbon.
  • Archival History ↴

    Material collected by the Irish Province.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴

    Official Transfer

Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Irish Jesuits ↴

    The material comprises of notes on the Irish Colleges at Lisbon, Poitiers, Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela, Seville and Rome by Frs Edmund Hogan (1831-1917), John MacErlean (1870-1950) and Fergal McGrath (1895-1988). Includes lists of rectors and students of the Colleges.

    Two bound volumes relating to the Irish College, Lisbon concern the foundation of the college, accounts, custom book and statutes. Analysis of the documents relating to the Irish College, Lisbon by Fr Francis Finegan SJ (1909-2011).

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Accruals ↴

    No accruals expected.
  • Arrangement ↴

    Material was catalogued in 1998, with additions in 2007 and 2010

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions The Irish Jesuit Archives are open only to bona fide researchers. Access by advance appointment. Further details:
Conditions Governing ReproductionNo material may be reproduced without the written permission of the Archivist. Copyright restrictions apply. Photocopying is not available. Digital photography is at the discretion of the Archivist.
Creation Dates1592-1790
Extent Medium3 boxes
Material Language ScriptEnglish; Latin; Portuguese; Spanish
Finding Aids Descriptive List Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Related MaterialIE/IJA/J472 Fr Edmund Hogan SJ IE/IJA/J462/47 Fr John MacErlean SJ IE/IJA/S7 Old Society Notebook by Fr Francis Finegan SJ which includes information on the foundation of the Irish College in Rome IE/IJA/MACE/TRANS The MacErlean Transcripts The Salamanca Archives at NUI Maynooth. Archives Catalogue ARSI (Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu)
Publication NoteCorboy, Fr. James SJ. ‘The Irish college at Salamanca’, Irish Ecclesiastical Record, 63, (1944), pp249. Fenning, Hugh OP. ‘Irishmen ordained at Lisbon’, 1587-1850, Collectanea Hibernica, nos. 31-37 (1989-1995). Finegan, Fr. Francis SJ. ‘The Irish college of Poitiers: 1674-1767’, Irish Ecclesiastical Record, 5th ser., civ (July–Dec. 1965). Finegan, Fr. Francis SJ. ‘A Biographical Dictionary of Irish Jesuits in the time of the Society’s Third Irish Mission ’. Unpublished, (c.1970s), 221pp. Finegan, Fr. Francis SJ. ‘Limerick Jesuits in France’, The Old Limerick Journal, French Edition, Vol. 25, (Summer 1989), pp188-190. Foley, Br. Henry SJ. ‘Records of the English Province of the Society of Jesus (1893). GonÓlves da Costa, M. (ed.), ‘Fontes inéditas portuguesas para a história de Irlanda’ Braga, (1981). Hanly, John. ‘Records of the Irish College, Rome, under Jesuit Administration’, Archivium Hibernicum, 27 (1964). Hayes, Richard. ‘Ireland's Links with Compostella’. Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review, Vol. 37, No. 147 (Sep., 1948), pp. 326-332. Henchy, Monica. ‘The Irish College at Salamanca’. Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review, Vol. 70, No. 278/279 (Summer/Autumn, 1981), pp.220-227. Henchy, Monica. ‘The Irish College at Salamanca’, pp198-210. Festschrift for Dónall Ó Luanaigh, Librarians, Poets and Scholars edited by Felix M. Larkin, (2007). Hogan, Fr. Edmund SJ. ‘Irish colleges since the reformation’, Irish Ecclesiastical Record, IX, 1-5 (1873). Hogan, Fr. Edmund SJ. ‘Distinguished Irishmen of the sixteenth century’, (1894). Huarte, Amalio: ‘Petitions of Irish students in the University of Salamanca, 1574-1591’, Archivium Hibernicum, iv (1915), pp.96-130. McRedmond, Louis. ‘To the Greater Glory: A history of the Irish Jesuits’. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 1991. Morrissey, Fr. Thomas SJ. ‘James Archer of Kilkenny’, Dublin (1979). Morrissey, Fr. Thomas SJ. ‘The Irish student diaspora and the early years of the Irish college at Salamanca’, Recusant History, 14:4, (1978), pp246-254. O’Connell, Patricia. ‘The Irish College at Santiago de Compostela 1605-1769’. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007. O’Connell, Patricia. ‘The Irish College at Lisbon 1590-1834’. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2001. O’Doherty, Denis J.: ‘Students of the Irish College, Salamanca, 1597-1619’ in Archivium Hibernicum, ii (1913), pp. 1-36. O’Doherty, Denis J.: ‘Students of the Irish College, Salamanca, 1619- 1700 (lists of students and accompanying data taken from the “oaths”)’ in Archivium Hibernicum, iii (1914), pp. 87-112. O’Doherty, Denis J.: ‘Students of the Irish College, Salamanca: lists of students taken from the oaths, 1715-78…from reports of examinations, 1617, 1626-1766…from the Diario, 1743-78…and from two separate lists, 1789 and 1796’ in Archivium Hibernicum, iv (1915), pp.1-58. O’Doherty, Denis: ‘Students of the Irish College, Salamanca: lists of students, 1776- 1837 and 1855’ in Archivium Hibernicum, vi (1917), pp.1-26. O'Donoghue, Fergus. ‘The Irish College at Santiago de Compostela, 1605-1769’ (review). The Catholic Historical Review. Volume 94, Number 3, (July 2008), pp. 593-594. O'Donoghue, Fergus. ‘The Jesuit Mission in Ireland, 1598-1651’. Ph.D. thesis, Catholic University of America, 1981. Orschel, Vera and Hanly, J.J. ‘Calendar of the 17th and 18th century documents at the archives of the Irish College, Rome (with index). Archivium Hibernicum, Vol. LXIII (2010), pp7-263. Silke, John: ‘The Irish College, Seville’ in Archivium Hibernicum, xxiv (1961), pp. 103-147; list pp. 121-47.

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteDamien Burke, 1998, additions 2007 and 2010.
Rules/ConventionsIGAD: Irish Guidelines for Archival Description. Dublin: Society of Archivists, Ireland, 2009. ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottowa: International Council on Archives, 2000. National Council on Archives: Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names. Chippenham: National Council on Archives, 1997. Irish Guidelines for Indexing Archives. Dublin: Archives and Records Association, Ireland, 2013.
Date of Descriptions42125