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Irish Jesuit Colleges in Europe

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  • 1590-2009

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. 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.

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).

Irish Mission of the Society of Jesus, 1542-1773

Transcript of an account of the voyage from Coruna to Ireland

Transcript (perhaps by Fr Edmund Hogan SJ) of an account of the voyage of General Pettre de Cubuani from Coruna to Ireland with supplied of arms and men for the Spanish Army who has set sail for Ireland on an earlier occasion (from the Archives of the Irish College, Salamanca).

Hogan, Edmund, 1831-1917, Jesuit priest

Transcripts by Fr John MacErlean SJ concerning the Irish College in Seville

A file of transcripts by Fr John MacErlean SJ concerning the Irish College in Seville [ ] 1612 - 10 July 1649. Most of the transcripts were made from originals in the Archives of the Irish College Salamanca (now in Maynooth University). Includes transcripts relating to the origins of the Irish College in Seville.

MacErlean, John C, 1870-1950, Jesuit priest, historian and archivist

List of admissions to the Society from 1556 onwards

List of admissions by Fr John MacErlean SJ, to the Society from 1556 onwards, with some biographical information (mainly dates of entry, profession of fourth vows, death etc.) (45pp). Includes:
– list of the Rectors of the Irish College, Salamanca, from its foundation in 1592 to 1871 (1p);
– lists of Jesuits of the Old Society and their date and place of death/departure (c15pp) and
– extracts from catalogues of various Provinces (c20pp).

MacErlean, John C, 1870-1950, Jesuit priest, historian and archivist

Biographical material concerning David Woulfe SJ

Biographical material concerning David Woulfe SJ. Includes

  • typescript on his life, by Fr James Stephenson SJ (n.d., 13pp);
  • correspondence collected by Fr Stephenson in the course of research for the article (19 February - 26 October 1953, 4 items) - letter from Mary, Hartfiled, Santo Amaro, Oeiras, Lisbon, Portugal, Margaret Woulfe, Kerry and Joseph Ranson, Salamanca;
  • notes and letter compiled by Fr John MacErlean SJ on Fr Woulfe (1929, 4pp);
  • reprint 'The Last Years of a Confessor of the Faith, Father David Wolf' from 'Archivium Historicum Societatis Jesu', vol. XV, 1946 (15pp);
  • journal of notes made by Richard Woulfe, Dromlought, Lisselton, County Kerry, intended to comprise a ‘short and incomplete family history’;
  • biographical notes on Fr Woulfe, copies of correspondence, letters contributed to various newspapers by Maurice Woulfe (5 Bolton Street, Clonmel) on Woulfe family history (1904 – 1928) and copies of letters of Dr T. Woulfe of Bruff, County Kerry (1923-1924) (25 November 1935, c76pp);
  • draft typescript entitled ‘Unpublished Letter of Father David Wolf’ by Fr Manuel da Costa SJ (Portuguese Jesuit and historian). Foreword in English (3pp); letter (October 1568) in Latin to the Bishop of Killala, Redmond O'Gallaghair, written when Fr Woulfe was in jail in Dublin Castle, describing the events of 1566 – ‘68 (n.d., 24pp);
  • article on David Wolfe SJ and
  • article by Fr Thomas Morrissey SJ, 'The Career and Problem of David Wolfe, 1528-1579? Jesuit, and Papal Commissary to Ireland', NMAJ, vol. 47, 2007, pp21-37.