Davin, James, 1704-1760, Jesuit priest

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Davin, James, 1704-1760, Jesuit priest

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  • Diego Davin
  • Didacus Davin
  • Jacobus Davin
  • Jacobus Davia

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11 November 1704-28 July 1760


Born: 11 November 1704, Clonmel, County Tipperary
Entered: 28 October 1725, Madrid, Spain - Toletanae Province (TOLE)
Ordained: 1734, Toledo, Spain
Final Vows: 02 February 1743
Died; 28 July 1760, Royal College Madrid, Spain - Toletanae Province (TOLE)

1757 At the Royal College of Madrid

◆ Fr Edmund Hogan SJ “Catalogica Chronologica” :
Nephew of Thomas Gorman
1725 Went to Compostella, and entered the Society at Salamanca.
He spent his life at Imperial College Madrid teaching.
Author of “Cartas Edificantes”, translated from French to Spanish by Diego Davin. These are in the old Jesuit Library at Waterford.
Many of his letters to John O’Brien, Rector of Salamanca are extant. As father O’Brien was in Salamanca until 1760, the cessation of letters in 1756 might suggest Father Davin’s death (Irish Ecclesiastical Record March, 1874)

◆ Fr Francis Finegan SJ :
Nephew of Thomas Gorman
1727-1730 After First Vows he was sent for studies to Oropesa for Philosophy
1730-1734 Sent for Theology first to Murcia and then Toledo where he was Ordained 1734.
1735 Following Tertianship he was sent as professor of French at the Imperial College Madrid where he lived for 22 years, sometimes as Minister, and in his latter years as Operarius until he died 28 July 1760
His magnum opus was his translation from the French into Spanish of sixteen volumes of the Jesuit Relations - “Cartas Edificantes”.
He was a prolific correspondent and many of his very readable letters to Fr. John O'Brien are preserved in the Salamanca Archives
A fluent Irish speaker, he was asked for repeatedly for· the Irish Mission by Thomas Hennessy. his Spanish Superiors fought to keep a man of his ability and succeeded


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See: Maynooth Library, County Kildare
Cartas edificantes, y curiosas, escritas de las missiones estrangeras, : por algunos missioneros de la Compañia de Jesus: traducidas del idioma francès por el padre Diego Davin.
Jesuits Letters from missions.; Jesuits; Le Gobien, Charles, 1653-1708.; Davin, Diego, 18th cent., tr.1753-57

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Biographical note on James Davin (Diego Davin) by J. Ranson, Salamanca July 1953 found in book
James Davin, a Jesuit translator of these letters was from the Clonmel area. He entered the Irish College in Santiago on 17th March 1725
James Davin was a nephew of Fr. Thomas Gorman S.J.,
For details of Diego Davin Correspondence, consult the Salamanca Letters, Maynooth 1995
Library lacks v. 1, which contains 4 original pieces by Davin
Title varies slightly.
The French collection, first published Paris, 1702-76, in 34 v., was edited by C. Le Gobien and others.
"Since [this translation] ... was concluded while the original French publication was still in progress, it does not, of course, have claim to completeness."--The Jesuit relations and allied documents, v. 66, p. 324.
Shelved in the Russell Library
HE MS 1/2 a - o (RUSSELL)

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