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Robert Alexander Stewart Macalister

(1870—1950) archaeologist


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(1870–1950), archaeologist; born and educated in Dublin, where he held a Chair at UCD, 1909–43. His Irish archaeological studies, such as Ireland in Pre-Celtic Times (1921), Archaeology of Ireland (1927), Tara: A Pagan Sanctuary (1931), and Ancient Ireland (1935, rev. 1944) were marred by idiosyncratic theories. He edited Lebor Gabála for the Irish Texts Society (vols. i–iv, 1938–41; vol. v, 1956), and also the Book of Uí Mhaine (1942). The Secret Languages of Ireland (1937) provided examples of Shelta, the language of the Irish tinkers.

From The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature in Oxford Reference.

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