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Annotations and Additions to Rathmines School Roll

 Collection — Volume: 1
Call Number: MS C263


Printed book, heavily annotated with emendations written by Abraham George Haskins. Volume is interleaved with printed and manuscript material. Volume contains the School Roll of students arranged by year of enrollment (age, birthplace, often biographical details); alphabetical name-index; reminiscences by Dr. Benson; preface describing school customs; photos of the school and Dr Benson. Compiled by Dr Benson; completed and edited by T.F. Figgis and T.W.F. Drury, acting for the O.R.S. (Old Rathmines School?) men. Issued for private circulation.


  • Creation: 1932 - 1939


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Biography of Abraham George Haskins, 1856-

Abraham George Haskins was born in 1856, and was still alive in January 1939. His father, Thomas Fitzmaurice Haskins (or Hoskins), born 1824, farmed the Coolkenno Hall estate in Wicklow (or Carlow), and married the daughter of Samuel Parke of Latouche's Bank, a Huguenot and Freeman of Dublin. Agh farmed Coolkenno Hall, and was a veterinarian, an organist, a hereditary Freeman of Dublin, P.M. of 228, and a member of the Royal Dublin Society. He sold Coolkenno in 1912, and retired to Dublin, where he experienced the 1916 Troubles. By 1932 he was living on independent means in Dun Laoghaire (south of Dublin). In 1934 he moved to Strathmore, the home of A. Sutherland in Carrick Hill, Malahide (north of Dublin) for nursing.

History of Rathmines School

Founded in 1858 by C.W. Benson and Freeman Wills. A boarding school for a variety of prosperous Church-of-Ireland Irish boys, located in Rathmines, a southern suburb of Dublin. Closed in 1899 with the retirement of Dr. Benson, its only Headmaster. 2190 pupils in all. (Note: AE (G.W. Russell) entered in 1882; but Haskins added nothing to the printed entry concerning AE.)

Coolkenno Hall: (or Coolkenna, Coolkennoe). Landlords the Earls of Fitzwilliam (of Coollatin Park, Shillelagh, and Wentworth, Yorkshire) to whom AGH sold his rights. In the AA Roadbook of Ireland "Coolkenna" lies 3 mi NW of Shillelagh and 6 mi SE of Tullow (Co. Carlow). AGH gives Tullow as his postal address. He also mentions Aghold, apparently as his parish.


1 volume : Publisher's cloth (diagonal fine rib); dark green, titles in gold. Spine and front cover title: Rathmines School Roll. ; Volume measures no taller than 25 cm.

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Scope and Contents

Haskins entered Rathmines School, Dublin, in 1874. This list of Rathmines students, 1858-1899, with biographical notes, was printed in 1932 and circulated to Rathmines Old Boys. Haskins annotated his copy with further biographical notes and school memories, and with notes on his own life and genealogy. He tipped in some printed and manuscript material. This includes

  1. Notice of transmittal and request for contribution (printed, 1 page, tipped in on half-title with stamp-paper)
  2. "Particulars for Rathmines School Roll." [Form for amendments--printed, 1 page, tipped in on back of frontispiece with stamp-paper. Heavily annotated on both sides]
  3. Loose scrap at page 25, manuscript
  4. Loose scrap at page 33, manuscript
  5. Leaf covered with notes tipped in on page 43, manuscript
  6. Royal Dublin Society Spring Agricultural Show Programme for Wednesday May 16 [1934?] (printed, 8 pages, tipped in on page 77 and annotated)
  7. Scrap from Picture House, Dun Laoghaire, program, used as notepaper (covered with notes, tipped in on page 117, manuscript)

Physical Location

MS C263

Immediate Source of Acquisition

In P.S. O’Hegarty acquisition, 1955.

Guide to the Rathmines School Volume
Annotations and Additions to Rathmines School Roll
Finding aid prepared by alh, Julyl 25, 1986. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2005.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Annotations and Additions to <emph render="italic">Rathmines School Roll</emph>, Department of Special Collections, MS C263, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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