GIMLETTE, Thomas. The History of the Huguenot Settlers in Ireland


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The History of the Huguenot Settlers in Ireland, and Other Literary Remains. Bound with: The French Settlers in Ireland. The Settlement in Waterford. The Feuds of the Bishops of Waterford and Lismore, under the Plantagenets. The Synod of Cashel and The Annals of the Danish Church of St. Olaf's (The Ancient Cathedral of Waterford). Illustrated with two coloured folding maps (France and Ireland), A map of the Seat of the Waldenses, a folding chart of Poitou and other illustrations. S.n. [Dunmore East, 1888?]. Printed for private circulation only. Quarto. pp. [vi], 296, xii, xxii, 28, 4, 8. Modern quarter black morocco over black buckram boards, title in gilt on spine. A very good copy. Very rare.
COPAC locates 5 copies only.

The author was vicar of Dunmore East. Thomas Gimlette's The History of the Huguenot Settlers in Ireland and other Literary Remains offers a fascinating insight into the persecution, flight and ultimate survival of one of Europe's minority Protestant faiths. Made infamous by the Edict of Nantes, its Revocation and the subsequent events of the Reformation, the history of Europe's Huguenots preceded these events by some four centuries when small communities of worshipers could be found all over Europe and especially in Provence, southern France, worshipping simply and in their own language, which put them at odds with the established faith. The origin of the appellation 'Huguenot' is unclear, but may have its root in the French work 'Hugon', a cave-dwelling creature. Gimlette's work, pursued out of interest and contact with the descendants of Huguenot settlers in Waterford where he held his ministry, amply describes the history of the Huguenots from the earliest French Reformers, the doctrines of John Calvin until the Edict of Nantes in 1598 and its eventual Revocation nearly a century later. The Huguenot settlement of Ireland began after the Reformation of Henry VIII, but continued apace during the reign of his successor, Elizabeth I. It was during this period that Dublin became the home to many Huguenot merchants, traders and artisans chiefly from Rochelle and Bordeaux. These settled in the area around Christchurch and the High Street and many of the street names in these areas still show their influence. Huguenot settlement in Dublin and other enclaves of Ireland reached its zenith with the Victory of William of Orange at the Boyne, when he shortly after inaugurated a number of French Churches, both Calvinistic and Episcopalian. Gimlette pays great attention to the fate of the Huguenot settlers in Dublin and Waterford in the periods immediately following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes and details to some extent the roles played by leading Huguenot's in Dublin under the patronage of William III. Amongst these elite were numbered the families of Chevenix, Westenra and Nassau, which would leave their indelible marks on Irish History.


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