Four Courts Press 
New Catalogue
April 2005
55/50/$55 hbk

Converts and conversion in Ireland, 1650-1850

Michael Brown, Charles Ivar McGrath, Thomas Power, editors

Conversion was a highly controversial aspect of aspect of religious life in Early Modern Ireland, yet it remains under investigated by modern scholarship. This collection brings together both new and established scholars to begin the task of exploring this vexed issue. The book takes a wide chronological span, treats of the broad range of Irish confessional lives and uses a variety of disciplinary approaches, interrogating the variety of individual motivations in the face of religious and political pressures to conform during a controversial period in Irish history.


Charles Ivar McGrath (UCD) The provisions for conversion in the penal laws, 1695-1750

Tom Power (Univ. of Toronto) The theology and liturgy of conversion

Tom Power Clerical converts

Michael Brown Convert narratives in eighteenth-century Ireland

James Kelly (St Patrick's College, DCU) The Conversion of Father James O'Farrell

Crawford Gribben (Trinity College, Dublin) Puritan subjectivities: the conversion debate in Cromwellian Dublin

Sandra Hynes (National College of Art & Design, Dublin) Becoming convinced: Quaker conversion narratives in the late seventeenth century

Andrew Holmes (University of Ulster) Tradition and Enlightenment: conversion and assurance of salvation in Ulster Presbyterianism, 1700-1859

Colm James O'Connail (NUI, Galway) Charles, twelfth viscount of Costello-Dillon: conversion and family identity in eighteenth-century Europe

Betsy Taylor-FitzSimon (All Hallows' College, Dublin) 'From perpetual ignorance and silence': notions of conversion in the correspondence of Lady Ranelagh and Bishop Dopping

David Fleming (Hertford College, Oxford) Conversion, family and mentality

Michael Brown lectures in history at TCD and is the author of Francis Hutcheson in Dublin, 1719-1730 (Dublin, 2002). Charles Ivar McGrath is the author of The making of the eighteenth-century Irish constitution (Dublin, 2002); Thomas Power lectures at the University of Toronto.

240pp April 2005