[Very Rev.] John Ardill
fl. 1905-1934 [John Roche Ardill]; author of Forgotten Facts of Irish
History (1905); The Closing of the Irish Parliament (1907),
and St. Patrick, AD 180 (1932), in which he sought to push back
the date of St. Patricks mission to Ireland by two hundred and thirty
years - an argument not accepted by the scholarly community.
Forgotten Facts of Irish History (Dublin: [q.pub.] 1905); The Closing
of the Irish Parliament (Dublin: Figgis 1907), 146pp.; St. Patrick,
A. D. 180 (London: J. Murray 1932); ix, 221pp.; The Date of St.
Patrick: A Reply to the Rev. Newport J.D. White, 2nd and 3rd edns.
(Dublin: Church of Ireland Printing & Pub. Co. 1932), 19pp. ; Ireland
in St. Paul's Time: A Paper Read Before the South Leitrim Clerical Association
[with additions] (Dublin: Church of Ireland Printing & Publishing Co.
1933), 29pp.; St. Patrick: Where Was He Born?: A Paper Read Before
the North Elphin Clerical Union (Dublin: Church of Ireland Print.
and Pub. Co. and APCK 1934), 29pp. .
The copy of Ardill’s book in the University of Ulster, Morris Collection
contains an autograph letter to Mr. Morris, addressed Calry Rectory Sligo,
with additional remarks supporting his ascription of [St.] Patrick’s coming
to 250 ad.; notices also a very favourable review of his own book by Professor
Burkitt in Journal of Theol. Studies, and remarks his appreciation of
the unsolicited and unbiased letter received from [Henry] Morris.
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Dr. J. H. Todd (Life of St. Patrick, 1864) was regarded
by Ardill as the most influential writer on [St.] Patrick, but not free
from ‘preconceived ideas’, quoting his assertion that the fact that Christianity
believed in demons, and that for [St.] Patrick the ‘equipment of superstition’
and ‘exorcists in his train’ were ‘not unimportant [in] going forth to
persuade the heathen’. (Todd, p. 77; Ardill, Life of St. Patrick,