Edward MacLysaght

Life
1887-1986; [Edward Anthony Edgeworth; MacLysaght spelling adopted in 1920]; b. 6 Nov., at sea; son of Sidney Royse Lysaght, Keeper of Genealogical Office, and independently wealthy novelist; raised in Raheen, Co. Clare; ed. Rugby, briefly at Oxford (left without degree); MA at UCC; worked on family farm in Clare, Co. Tipp., 1909-13; partner with J. M. Hone and George Roberts in Maunsel Press; member of Irish Convention, 1917-18; issued The Gael (1919), in which Con O’Hickie, the progressive candidate, is defeated by a cabal of publicans and shopkeepers; imprisoned, 1921; Irish Senate, 1922-25; ed. An Shuab, 1922-24; travelled as journalist to South Africa in 1929, 1930, 1936 and 1938, later writing a book in Irish about his experiences; Irish Manuscripts Commission inspector, 1939-43; ed. Kenmare Manuscripts (1942); member governing body of School of Celtic Studies, 1942-76; Chief Genealogical Officer and & Keeper of MSS in National Library Manuscript Division, 1945-55; member of Irish Manuscripts Commission from 1949 and its chairman, 1956-73, when he retired; appointed chief herald of Ireland by de Valera, 1943; bestowed the title Valley of the Squinting Windows on MacNamara’s novel; delighted when London publisher declined his memoirs with the explanation that he could withstand one libel action, but not forty; d. Blackrock, 4 March. DIB DIW DIH IF DIL

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Works
Poetry
, Irish Eclogues (1915); Poems (Dublin: Hodges, Figgis; London: George Roberts 1928). Novels, The Gael (Dublin & London: Maunsel 1919); Cúrsaí Thomáis: Shois Seal a’s Shuas Seal (Dublin: Hodges, Figgis 1927), trans. by E. O’Clery as The Small Fields of Carrig (London: Heath Cranton 1929).

Scholarly & Genealogical, Horace Plunkett and His Place in the Irish Nation (Dublin: Maunsel 1916); Calendar of the Orrery Papers (1941); The Kenmare Manuscripts (1942); The Wardenship of Galway (1944); East Clare 1916-1921 (1954), Seventeenth Century Hearth Money Rolls (1967); Irish Life in the Seventeenth Century: After Cromwell [rev. edn.] (Cork: Cork UP; Oxford: Basil Blackwell 1950), Do., (Cork: Mercier 1969; rep. 1979); Irish Families: Their Names, Arms and Origins (Dublin: Hodges Figgis 1957, rev. 1972); More Irish Families (Galway & Dublin: O'Gorman 1960); Supplement to Irish Families (Dublin: Helicon 1964); A Guide to Irish Surnames (Dublin: Helicon 1964); Surnames of Ireland (Shannon: Irish UP [1969]); Forth Go the Banners: Reminiscences of William O’Brien (Dublin: Three Candles 1969); Changing Times: Ireland Since 1888 [memoir] (Gerrards Cross; Colin Smythe 1978); More Irish Families: Incorporating Supplement to Irish Families, with an Essay on Irish Chieftainries [rev. edn.] (Dublin: Irish Academic [1982]).

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Criticism
Charles Lysaght, A Memoir of Edward MacLysaght, 1887-1986: a paper read to the National Library of Ireland Society [at the Genealogical Office, Dublin on Friday, 6 November 1987], foreword Patrick Henchy; list of publ. works, Etienne Rynne ([Dublin]: Cumann Leabharlann Naisiunta na hÉireann [1988]), 28pp.

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References
Brian Cleeve & Ann Brady, A Dictionary of Irish Writers (Dublin: Lilliput 1985), gives bio-data: b. at sea 1887, of Clare-Limerick family; restored Mac in 1920; ed. Rugby and Oxford; Irish Senate, 1922-25; UUC Governing Body, 1927-31. S. Africa journalist, 1932-37; Chf. Geneal. Officer & Keeper of MSS National Library till 1955. Irish Life in the Seventeenth Century (1939, rev. 1950, rep. 1979); East Clare 1916-1921 (1954), Irish Families, Their Names, Arms and Origins (1957, rev. 1972); Supplement to Irish Families (1964); Guide to Irish Surnames (1964); Surnames of Ireland (1964); also Forth Go the Banners, reminiscence of William O’Brien (1969); Calendar of the Orrery Papers (1941); The Kenmare Manuscripts (1942); The Wardenship of Galway (1944); Seventeenth Century Hearth Money Rolls (1967).

Desmond Clarke, Ireland in Fiction [Pt II] (Cork: Royal Carbery 1985), bio-data: b. 1889 [contra DIB/DIW], ed. UCC and abroad; ed. An Shuab, 1922-24; agricultural enthusiast on his estate, Raheen. Irish MS Commission, ed. Kenmare Manuscripts (1942); Irish Life in the 17th Century, and Irish novel, Cúrsaí Thomáis (1927), and genealogical works. IF2 lists The Gael (1920 [DIW 1919]), contains various social types, 1907-1916, and foregrounds the development of land; also, The Small Fields of Carrig, trans. from Irish of E. O’Clery (1929).

Ulster Libraries: Belfast Public Library holds The Gael (1919); Irish Eclogues (1915). University of Ulster Library (Morris Collection) holds Irish Families, their names, arms and origins (Hodges Figgis 1957).

Notes
Alan Titley (An tÚrscéal Gaeilge, 1991) cites MacLysaght’s introduction to E. O’Cleary [or Clery], The Small Fields of Carrig (London 1929).

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