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Biographical Survey

  • Harry M. Bracken
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George Berkeley was born on 12 March 1685 in Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, Ireland. His father had settled in the area after having left England.1 Berkeley’s childhood was spent at nearby Dysert and his school years at Kilkenny College. In 1700 he entered Trinity College, Dublin, receiving the B.A. in 1704. Arithmetica written in excellent Latin, was his first publication (1707). He was ordained deacon in 1709 and priest a year later. He was elected Fellow and also took the M.A. in 1707, and the B.D. and D.D. in 1721. He served the College in varying capacities including Librarian, Senior Greek Lecturer, and Hebrew Lecturer, until he was appointed Dean of Derry in 1724.


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