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GRAVES, RICHARD HASTINGS (1791–1877), theological writer, son of Richard Graves, dean of Ardagh [q. v.], by his wife Elizabeth Mary Drought, was born in 1791. He graduated B.A. at Trinity College, Dublin, in 1812, M.A. in 1818, and B.D. and D.D. in 1828. He took holy orders and became rector of Brigown in the diocese of Cloyne, being collated to a prebendal stall in 1832. He died on 25 Dec. 1877, aged 86. He prepared for the press, with a memoir, the complete edition of his father's works (1840). His other works were: 1. ‘The Homilies Reconsidered in a Letter to Dr. Jebb, Bishop of Limerick.’ 2. ‘The Arguments for Predestination and Necessity contrasted with the established principles of Philosophical Inquiry,’ 1829. 3. ‘Daniel's Great Period of Two Thousand and Three Hundred Days discovered and determined in a Dissertation,’ 1854. 4. ‘Apostolical Confession Overthrown,’ 1854. 5. ‘A Letter from a Protestant Clergyman to the Roman Catholic Inhabitants of his Parish on the “Letters Apostolic” of Pope Pius IX,’ 1855. 6. ‘The Terminal Synchronism of Daniel's Two Principal Periods,’ 1858. 7. ‘Comparative Analysis of the Three Seven-headed Ten-horned Symbols, … with Strictures on Faber's Napoleonic Theory and Elliott's Theory of an Eight-headed Beast,’ 1869. 8. ‘The Church of Ireland: English Menace Answered and Inthralment of the State Averted by Declining a Charter,’ 1870.

[Preface to Graves's edition of the works of Dean Richard Graves (1840); Cotton's Fasti Eccl. Hib. i. 327; Brit. Mus. Cat.]

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