Fonds F2076 - Francis Herbert Cosgrave fonds

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Francis Herbert Cosgrave fonds


  • 1888-1973 (Creation)

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20 cm of textual records
39 photographs

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Francis Herbert Cosgrave, educator and administrator, was born on 11 July 1880 in Kilsallaghan, County Dublin, Ireland and died on 31 January 1971 at Central Park Lodge, Thorncliffe Park, Toronto. He was the son of Frederick Cosgrave and Martha Rogers Bullen. He attended Corrig School, Kingstown Ireland and Trinity College, Dublin where he achieved a B.A. in 1902, a B.D. in 1907, and an M.A. in 1917. He was ordained deacon in 1904 and priest in 1905 at Durham, England.

His first post was as Curate of Christ Church in West Hartlepool, near Durham England from 1904-1907. Cosgrave was appointed lecturer in Hebrew at Trinity College, Toronto in 1907, Professor in 1909, and Dean of Divinity in 1916. He took on work as an assistant at St. Clements church in Toronto from 1923-1926. He was elected as Provost of Trinity College on 21 July 1926, installed on 15 January 1927, and served until 1945. He was a lecturer at Huron College in London Ontario from 1945-1948. He was honorary canon of Toronto from 1959 until his death.

Cosgrave married Annie Leila Metcalf on 4 September 1926 in Grimsby, Ontario. She died in 1966.

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Materials accrued in three accessions.

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The fonds includes personal papers of Provost Cosgrave, Chronicles of the Kirkpatrick family, correspondence, genealogical information on the Colley, Foster, Kirkpatrick and Cosgrave families, Extracts from the Diary of Captain Joseph Bull, Provost Cosgrave's Visitor's Book, photographs, and an address written by Cosgrave for the memorial service of Gerard B. Strathy.

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Various copyright holders. It is the researcher's responsibility to obtain permission to publish any part of the fonds

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  • English



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