Church of Ireland Bishop of Kilmore, William Bedell (1571-1642) letter 2nd February 1631 re his objective to ‘Set forth the Bible in the Irish Tongue’ and Dr. Narcissus Marsh’s )later Archbishop of Armagh) report on progress 1682 500 copies printed in London with financial assistance from Robert Boyle (1627-1691) from Earl of Cork family. His proposal to establish an ‘Irish lecture’ at Trinity College, Dublin but under great discouragements.
Robert Boyle was fostered in Lismore as a child and had fluent Irish and acted as a translator for his father The Earl of Cork. The Boyles had extensive estates in Waterford and Cork including in the Barony of Carbery. This was later to become the Devonshire Estate.
From the Tanner Letters published 1944 by Irish Manuscript commission.