Eighteenth-Century Ireland

Thomas Wilson, Francis Hutchinson agus Litriù na Gaeilge

Eighteenth-Century Ireland (1986), 1, (1), 204–207.

Abstract

IN 1722 Francis Hutchinson, Protestant bishop of Down and Connor, published a catechism in Irish for use on Rathlin Island. The work was not printed according to the contemporary conventions of Irish orthography but in a ‘phonetic’ form of spelling based more or less on that of English. This article discusses the possibility that Hutchinson may have copied this method of representing a Celtic language from that used by Thomas Wilson, bishop of S odor and Man, in his Manx Gaelic and English catechism published in 1707.

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WILLIAMS, N. J. A.