Faithful to Our Trust is a history of the Erasmus Smith educational charity, founded in the seventeenth century by a London merchant who acquired a large estate during the Cromwellian plantation.;The Trust ran grammar schools at Drogheda, Galway, Tipperary and Ennis and over 200 primary schools, as well as giving money to Trinity College and the Blue Coat School.;Today only The High School, Dublin, founded in 1870, remains. The book includes a detailed history of the first hundred years of the school and features a section on W. B. Yeats as a schoolboy.;In this fascinating book, W. J. R. Wallace sheds light on the experiences of the Protestant community in Ireland over a period of 300 years.
Erasmus Smith lived in politically as well as reigiously troubled times (1611-1691). His educational charity in Ireland set off with the aim to benefit the people on a large scale, but the Trust eventually moved to strengthening the position of the privileged minority, and the recipients of the Trust's growing wealth were the institutions favoured by the Protestant ascendancy: the Blue Coat School and Trinity College. Today only The High School, Dublin, founded in 1870, remains. The book includes a detailed history of the first hundred years of the school and features a section on W. B. Yeats as a schoolboy. 294 pages. Index pp. 282-294. With 45 b/w photographs and illustrations, listed on pp. 6-7. Intoduction pp. 9-12. Bound in black paper on hard boards, with gilt lettering on the spine. Beige dust jacket. The book is in fine condition, the dust jacket has a big crease at the bottom of the front cover, and is lightly rubbed. Dust jacket in fair condition.