Professor D’Arcy Thompson: Letters relating to Fenianism

Repository: NUI Galway JHL

Identity Statement

TitleProfessor D’Arcy Thompson: Letters relating to Fenianism
Archive ReferenceIE JHL/A10
Web Link to this Entry
Creation DatesMay 1867-June 1867
Extent Medium11 items


Creator(s): Wentworth Thompson, D'Arcy, 1829-1902, academic

  • Administrative History ↴

    D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson (1829-1902), Greek scholar, was the eldest son of John Skelton Thompson, shipmaster, and Mary Mitchell, both of Maryport, Cumberland, England. He attended Cambridge University. He received his BA in 1852 and became classics master at Edinburgh Academy. In 1863 he was appointed Chair of Greek at Queen's College Galway. In 1867 he delivered the Lowell lectures at Boston. He died in Galway on 25 January 1902 a few hours after lecturing on Thucydides.
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Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Wentworth Thompson, D'Arcy, 1829-1902, academic ↴

    Typescript copy of correspondence between Dublin Castle, the President of Queen’s College Galway and Professor D’Arcy Thompson in relation to his letters to newspapers abhorring the death sentence for two Fenians. It includes a defence of his actions, and the correspondence between the college authorities and Dublin Castle, after which it is decided not to pursue the issue further.

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    Permanent Retention
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    No accruals are expected.
  • Arrangement ↴

    Limited items – no arrangement applicable

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Creation DatesMay 1867-June 1867
Extent Medium11 items
Material Language ScriptEnglish

Allied Materials

Publication NoteCopy of letters appears in the appendix to Timothy P. Foley, 'D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson: Classical Scholar and Fenian Sympatiser', "Journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society" 45 (1993), 90-123.

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteKieran Hoare
Rules/ConventionsISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, 2nd ed., Ottowa, International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of DescriptionsSmall Collections Index Entry, 1999.