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Metadata of the three-volume edition of the Ussher Correspondence was launched on Early Modern Letters Online on 31 January 2018. To find out more see Dr Miranda Lewis’ blog ‘Archbishop Ussher and a journey to Malta‘.

The Ussher Correspondence:

The three-volume edition of the Ussher Correspondence was launched by Professor Mordechai Feingold in the Long Room, Trinity College, Dublin on 30 March 2015.

For further details see the Irish Manuscript Commission.


Ussher edition.


Dr. Elizabethanne Boran gave a paper on ‘Science and Observation in the correspondence of James Ussher’ at a colloquium on OBSERVATION IN EARLY MODERN LETTERS, 1500 – 1650 which was held at The Warburg Institute 29 – 30 June 2007. For further details click here.

Exhibition, Long Room, Trinity College

March 2006: An exhibition to mark the 350th anniversary of the death of James Ussher on 21st March, 1656, took place in the Long Room, Trinity College, Dublin.

Ussher on ‘Time’

Episode 3 of the BBC4 documentary ‘Time’, presented by Dr. Michio Kaku, contains an interview with Dr. Elizabethanne Boran on Ussher’s contribution to the dating of creation.

Ussher as a collector of Manuscripts

Edward Worth Library

Dr. Elizabethanne Boran gave a paper on ‘Ussher as a collector of manuscripts’ at 4.00pm on 24th February, 2006. This was part of the Edward Worth Library seminar series

James Ussher & the Republic of Letters

An International Conference at Marsh’s Library, Dublin – 19th & 20th November, 2004.

Speakers: Dr. Elizabethanne Boran (TCD); Professor Stephen Burnett (Lincoln, Nebraska); Drs. Bernadette Cunningham and Raymond Gillespie (NUIM & UCD); Professor Mordechai Feingold (Caltech); Professor Alan Ford (Nottingham); Dr. Ute Lotz-Heumann (Humboldt, Berlin); Dr. John McCafferty (UCD); Professor Gerald Toomer (Florida); Professor Peter Van Rooden (Rotterdam).

Conference Programme:

Friday 19th November, 2004.

9.15am – 10.00am: Registration.

10.00am -10.15am: Opening of conference.

Ussher and Ireland

Chair: Professor Aidan Clarke (TCD)

10.15am-11.30am: Drs. Bernadette Cunningham and Raymond Gillespie (NUI UCD and Maynooth)

Ussher’s Gaelic circle

Dr. John McCafferty (UCD)

Ussher and John Bramhall

11.30am-12.00pm: Coffee.

12.00pm – 12.30pm: Dr. Ute Lotz-Heumann (Humboldt, Berlin)

Ussher and William Bedell

Lunch: 12.45 – 2.00pm.

Ussher and England

Chair: Dr. Harvey Shoolman (Newton Project)

2.00-3.15pm: Professor Anthony Grafton (Princeton)

Ussher and Thomas Lydiat

Professor Gerald Toomer (Florida)

Ussher and Selden: Two views of scholarship

Coffee: 3.15-3.45pm:

3.45-5.00pm: Professor Alan Ford (Nottingham)

Ussher and William Laud

Dr. Elizabethanne Boran (TCD)

Ussher and Samuel Ward

Saturday 20th November, 2004

Ussher and Europe

Chair: Professor Howard Hotson (Aberdeen)

10.00am – 11.15am: Professor Peter Van Rooden (Rotterdam)

Ussher and Leiden intellectuals

Professor Jean Paul Pittion (Tours)

Ussher and Louis Cappel.

11.45am – 12.30pm : Professor Stephen Burnett (Lincoln, Nebraska)

Ussher in the correspondence of the Buxtorf circle.

Lunch: 12.30pm – 2.00pm.

2.00pm-3.30pm: Round table on intellectual history chaired by Professor Mordechai Feingold (Caltech)

This conference was sponsored by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences and has likewise received support from the Department of Modern History, Trinity College, Dublin. The conference organizer also wishes to thank the Keeper of Marsh’s Library, Dr. Muriel McCarthy, and all at Marsh’s, for their help and co-operation. The image of Ussher is courtesy of the Board of Trinity College, Dublin.



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