Francis Stoughton Sullivan

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File:An Historical Treatise on the Feudal Law, and the Constitution and Laws of England (1st Irish ed, 1772, title page) by Francis Stoughton Sullivan.jpg
The title page of the first Irish edition of Sullivan's work An Historical Treatise on the Feudal Law, and the Constitution and Laws of England (1772)

Francis Stoughton Sullivan (1715–1766) was an Irish lawyer, and Professor of Oratory and law professor at the University of Dublin.

Sullivan, a member of the Kerry O'Sullivan More family, was born in Galway and educated at Trinity College, Dublin, graduating with a Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) in 1745. He was called to the Bar the following year. In 1750 he was appointed Professor of Laws in Trinity, in 1759 Professor of Oratory, and three years later the first Professor of Feudal and English Law. He was especially noted for excellence in the latter fields, and lectures he gave at the University, including commentaries on the Magna Carta, were posthumously published in a volume called An Historical Treatise on the Feudal Law, and the Constitution and Laws of England (1772).[1]

Sullivan also had a great interest in Irish history and Irish manuscripts all his life, and employed native scribes in preparing editions of Lebor Gabála Érenn (The Book of the Taking of Ireland) and the Annals of the Four Masters which never saw print.[2] He died in Dublin on 1 March 1766. His son, William Francis Sullivan (1756–1830) served in the United States Navy, and published plays and poems.

Bibliography

File:Lectures on the Constitution and Laws of England (2nd Irish ed, 1790, title page) by Francis Stoughton Sullivan.jpg
The title page of the second Irish edition of Sullivan's Lectures on the Constitution and Laws of England (1790), published in Dublin

References

  1. Francis Stoughton Sullivan (1772), An Historical Treatise on the Feudal Law, and the Constitution and Laws of England: With a Commentary on Magna Charta, and Necessary Illustrations of many of the English Statutes, in a Course of Lectures, Read in the University of Dublin. By the Late Francis Stoughton Sullivan, LL.D. Royal Professor of the Common Law in that University (1st Irish ed.), Dublin: Thomas Ewing, OCLC 776548497<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>.
  2. Diarmaid Ó Catháin (1989), "Charles O'Conor of Belanagare: Antiquary and Irish Scholar", Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 119: 136–163 at 146, JSTOR 25508976<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>.

Further reading

  • Maher, Helen (1976), Galway Authors: A Contribution towards a Biographical and Bibliographical Index, with an Essay on the History and Literature in Galway, Galway: Galway County Libraries, ISBN 978-0-9505595-0-6<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>.