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Edward MacLysaght

(1887—1986) historian and Irish nationalist


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(1887–1986) (formerly Lysaght), historian and genealogist. Born on board ship to Australia, he was educated at Oxford and UCC. He was by turns farmer, publisher and director of Maunsel & Co., prisoner during the Anglo-Irish War, Free State Senator, and Chief Genealogical Officer in the National Library of Ireland, 1943–55. Irish Life in the Seventeenth Century (1939) is a well-researched social history. Irish Families: Their Names, Arms and Origins (4 vols., 1957–65) is a pioneering work of modern genealogy. His novel The Gael (1919) is a critique of Irish society. He wrote several books in Irish, including the novel Cúrsaí Thomáis (1927).

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

Subjects: Literature.


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