Wednesday, 3 February 2010
Public Lecture on Samuel Bryson
Holywood Irish Society has announced that Dr. Janet Taylor will be giving a lecture on 10 March 2010 entitled "The brothers Samuel and Andrew Bryson — Holywood Gaelic Scholars in the Turbulent Decade of the 1798 Rebellion". The lecture will be held in Holywood Library at 7.30 p.m., and admission is free.
Andrew Bryson (1763-1797) was the son of the prominent Rev. James Bryson of Holywood and the older brother of Dr. Samuel Mazière Bryson (d. 1853), renowned Irish scholar and collector of Gaelic manuscripts, many of which are now held in Belfast's Central Library.
Andrew ministered for 10 years in Dundalk Presbyterian Church and preached regularly in Irish to the local community, of whom a large proportion were the descendants of Gaelic-speaking Scots. He lived at a critical period in Irish history, and various personal friends and members of his extended family went on to be involved in the United Irishmen's rebellion of 1798.
Dr. Janet Taylor is a native of Holywood and read Medicine at Queen's University Belfast, later practising as a radiologist. She is also qualified in Irish, having graduated from the University of Ulster in 2007 with a degree in Irish Language and Literature. Since then she has continued her research into the Bryson family of Holywood, in particular the Rev. Andrew Bryson and his involvement with the Irish-speaking community of Dundalk.
The lecture will take place as part of Rí-Rá Community Festival 2010, which will also include a poster display in Holywood Library on place-names, surnames and heritage. The exhibition will remain in the library from 8 to 20 March.