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THE PROVOST AND SENIOR FELLOWS OF TRINITY COLLEGE, DUBLIN,
ARGUED BEFORE THEIR GRACES THE LORD PRIMATE OF ALL IRELAND
AND 12TH DAYS OF DECEMBER, 1845.
WITH THE OPINION OF THE ASSESSOR AND THE DECISION
OF THE VISITORS.
TOGETHER WITH AN INTRODUCTION AND APPENDIX:
JOHN FRANCIS WALLER, ESQ.,
LONDON : F. AND J. RIVINGTON.
THE RIGHT HON. AND MOST REVEREND
LORD JOHN GEORGE, ARCHBISHOP OF ARMAGH,
PRIMATE AND METROPOLITAN OF ALL IRELAND, VICE-CHANCELLOR OF TRINITY COLLEGE, DUBLIN,
BY HIS PERMISSION,
MOST RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED.
As the case reported in the following pages is one in which a question of great importance and interest, — namely, whether Roman Catholic students are eligible to Scholarships of Trinity College, Dublin-has been for the first time submitted to a court of competent jurisdiction, and has been now solemnly decided; the reporter conceives it advisable, for the better understanding the case of the appeal before the Visitors, to state briefly the proceedings which took place previous to the hearing of the appeal.
Mr. Denis Caulfield Heron, being a Roman Catholic, had entered the College, originally, as a pensioner. In the year 1842, he obtained a sizarship; and, in June 1843, he attended and was examined at the examination then holden for scholarships, of which there were at the time sixteen vacancies. Mr. Heron was not elected a scholar, though, as stated by him in his memorial, it appears his answering was superior to that of several of the candidates who were elected.
Mr. Heron having been so excluded upon the 1st of Nov., 1843, presented a memorial by way of appeal from the decision of the Electors of the College to their Graces the Primate and the Archbishop of Dublin, the Visitors of the College, stating the facts of the examination for the scholarship, and then proceeding as follows :
“ That each Examiner at the Scholarship Examination