Edward O'Reilly

Edward O'Reilly (6 December 1765 – 26 August 1830) was an Irish scholar in the first half of the 1800s.

Born in Harold's Cross, Dublin, of recent Cavan parentage, O'Reilly undertook the compilation of the work for which he is best remembered, his "Irish-English Dictionary" published in 1817. He was appointed assistant secretary to the Iberno-Celtic Society on its foundation the following year with the purpose of preserving and promoting Irish literature. His work during the 1820s included a Dictionary of Irish Writers and catalogues of Irish manuscripts in Dublin libraries including Trinity College. In May 1830, he was contracted to advise on Irish nomenclature for the early Ordnance Survey maps but spent only four months on this work before his death, also in Harold's Cross. Never a formal employee of the Survey, he was probably paid for his professional services. John O'Donovan replaced him in October 1830.

Although very well known at the time, and proficient at translating manuscripts, the standard of his scholarship is recognised today as low. It was also thought that the best parts of his "Dictionary"were based on unpublished work accumulated by a man named Henry McAteer at the end of the 1800s. When McAteer left Ireland for America, O'Reilly took possession of his library.

Further reading

*Ni Mhurchú,. Maire and Breathnach, Diarmuid, "Beathaisnéis" vol. II (1782-1881), 1999, pp 127-29.


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Edward O'Reilly (disambiguation) — Edward O Reilly may refer to:* Edward O Reilly, Irish scholar in the first half of the 1800s * Edward O Reilly (Massachusetts politician), candidate in the United States Senate election in Massachusetts, 2008 …   Wikipedia

  • William Edward Moyses Reilly — Major General William Edward Moyses Reilly (13 July 1827 28 July 1886), born Scarragh, County Down, on 13 January 1827, was fourth son of James Miles Reilly of Cloon Eavin, Co. Down, by Emilia, second daughter of the Rev Hugh Montgomery of Grey… …   Wikipedia

  • Edward S. O'Reilly — hacia 1918 Mayor Apodo Tex …   Wikipedia Español

  • Edward Reilly Stettinius, Jr. — Edward Stettinius Edward Reilly Stettinius, Jr. (* 22. Oktober 1900 in Chicago, Illinois, Vereinigte Staaten; † 31. Oktober 1949 in Greenwich, Connecticut) war US amerikanischer …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Edward Stettinius — Edward Reilly Stettinius, Jr. (* 22. Oktober 1900 in Chicago, Illinois, Vereinigte Staaten; † 31. Oktober 1949 in Greenwich, Connecticut) war US amerikanischer …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Edward Whelan — (1824 ndash; December 10, 1867). Edward Whelan was one of Prince Edward Island s delegates to the Québec Conference and one of the Fathers of the Canadian Confederation. Edward Whelan was also a journalist, orator, and advocate for responsible… …   Wikipedia

  • Edward E. Browne — (1930) Edward Everts Browne (* 16. Februar 1868 in Waupaca, Waupaca County, Wisconsin; † 23. November 1945 in Evanston, Illinois) war ein US amerikanischer Politiker. Zwischen 1913 und 1931 vertrat er den Bundesstaat Wisconsin im US… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Edward S. Bragg — Edward Stuyvesant Bragg (* 20. Februar 1827 in Unadilla, Otsego County, New York; † 20. Juni 1912 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin) war ein US amerikanischer Politiker. Zwischen 1877 und 1887 vertrat er zwei Mal den Bundessta …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Edward Sauerhering — (* 24. Juni 1864 in Mayville, Dodge County, Wisconsin; † 1. März 1924 ebenda) war ein US amerikanischer Politiker. Zwischen 1895 und 1899 vertrat er den Bundesstaat Wisconsin im US Repräsentantenhau …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Edward Stack — (26 April 1756 ndash; December 1833) was an officer in the United States Marine Corps during the American Revolutionary War.BiographyEdward Stack was born in Kealand, County Kerry, Ireland. Entering the service of Louis XV in 1770 as an Ensign in …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.