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Betram Windle

the Honan Bequest and the Modernisation of University College Cork, 1904-1919

Dermot Keogh and Ann Keogh

Publication Year: 2010

Bertram Windle was a doctor, a scientist, an archaeologist, an anthropologist, a writer on English literature and evolution, and President of Queen’s/University College Cork. During his time in Ireland between 1904 and 1919, he had a major impact on the development of higher education and the development of the National University of Ireland.

Published by: Cork University Press

Contents, Illustrations, Acknowledgements,

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pp. vii-xvi

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pp. 1-10

This two-volume project developed out of an MA completed in 2004 in Local History, entitled ‘A Study in Philanthropy: Sir Bertram Windle, Sir John O’Connell, Isabella Honan and the building of the Honan Chapel, University College Cork’.1 The study posed many questions about the philosophy and character of Sir Bertram Coghill Alan Windle – the pres- ...

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CHAPTER 1. The Early Years, 1858–1904

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pp. 11-35

Bertram Coghill Alan Windle was among the leading medical professors in Great Britain and Ireland in the last two decades of the nineteenth century. His list of scientific publications by the 1890s was as impressive as it was extensive. He also wrote on archaeology, anthropology, ethnology and literary topography. Why did this foremost scientist and man...

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CHAPTER 2. The ‘University of Munster’ and the Founding of the National University of Ireland

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pp. 36-57

George Wyndham, the chief secretary of Ireland between 1900 and 1905, had very clear policy ideas about how to solve ‘the Irish question’. His constructive unionist policy approach laid great emphasis on the resolution of the Irish university question. The Royal University, founded in 1879, served as an examination body1 for Catholic students. It was not an...

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CHAPTER 3. The Modernisation of QCC/UCC 1905–1913

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pp. 58-110

Windle forged ahead with the modernisation of UCC, taking full advantage of the opportunities which the university settlement had provided. Quickly, he emerged as a significant figure at a national level and appeared destined for greater things in the evolving national university administration. He combined great energy with a talent for administra- ...

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CHAPTER 4. The Catholic Church and the Honan Bequest

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pp. 111-139

Windle came to Cork with the ambition to create equal education for Catholics at third level. As a Catholic convert in Birmingham, he had personal experience of religious prejudice in his professional life. He had reached a certain height in the hierarchy of that university but felt he hit the glass ceiling for Catholics in British higher education. This was part of...

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CHAPTER 5. Radical Politics, the First World War and the1916 Rising

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pp. 140-171

In late 1913, the successes resulting from the Honan bequest were largely in the future. Windle was recovering from the humiliation of having to defend his actions in public over the removal to UCC of the Knock-shan-a-wee ogham stones. That controversy was much more than a dispute over the best practice in handling priceless cultural artefacts; it also...

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CHAPTER 6. The Rise of Sinn F

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pp. 172-201

Windle began 1917 more in hope than in the expectation of the British government returning to a sane and sensible Irish policy. He had a low opinion of Lloyd George and an even more disparaging view of many members of his cabinet and their press baron entourage.1 Windle was witnessing – whether he was fully aware of it or not – the passing of the...

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CHAPTER 7. The Conscription Crisis and the ‘German Plot’

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pp. 202-225

A new crisis enveloped Ireland on virtually the same day as the ill-fated Irish Convention report was published. On 9 April, Lloyd George introduced the Military Service Bill with a provision to extend conscription to all men over seventeen residing in the Channel Islands, the Isle of Manand Ireland. Catholic and Protestant clergy were also included in the pro- ...

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CHAPTER 8. The University of Munster –Windle’s Last Hurrah

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pp. 226-256

Windle, in his early years in Ireland, had sought to establish a University of Munster free from the ‘shackles’ of the NUI. His experiences over the intervening years only reinforced his wish to achieve autonomous university status for UCC. In mid-1917, there is evidence that the time was ripe to make a major effort to secure his long-cherished goal. Sir John...

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CHAPTER 9 ‘Years of Harvesting’: Canada, 1920–1929

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pp. 257-283

Windle was both exhausted and humiliated by the manner in which his campaign failed to free UCC from the bondage of the NUI. He had been abandoned by the British government and he had faced subversion of his plans from within the gates of UCC. However, the collapse of the campaign helped finally to lift the burden from his shoulders of feeling that...

Notes and References

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pp. 285-328


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pp. 343-352

E-ISBN-13: 9781908634078
E-ISBN-10: 1908634073
Print-ISBN-13: 9781859184738
Print-ISBN-10: 1859184731

Page Count: 368
Publication Year: 2010

Edition: 1