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“ Oliver” that was to make them famous; and the family was ultimately comp.: by the birth of three sons younger than Oliver, named Maurice, Charles, and! The eldest of this family of eight (a daughter), and this last-named John, de childhood. Effectively, therefore, Oliver grew up as one of a family of six, thra' whom were older, and two younger, than himself.
A native of the rural heart of Ireland, Goldsmith, till his seventeenth year, rece his entire education, whether of scenery and circumstance, or of more fora schooling, within the limits of that little-visited region. Not, however, wit some changes of spot and society within those limits. In 1730, while he way but an infant, his father, after having been about twelve years minister of Pea removed to the better living of Kilkenny West, a parish some miles south of the and situated not in the county of Longford, but in the adjacent county of . h Meath. Thenceforward, accordingly, the head-quarters of the family were nola at Pallas, but at Lissoy, a quaint Irish village within the bounds of the new malo Here, in a pretty and rather commodious parsonage-house, on the verge
of village, and on the road between Athlone and Ballymahon, the good clergyma himself to bring up his children on his paltry clerical income, eked out by he farming of some seventy acres of land. He was himself a mild eccentric oi! Dr. Primrose type, kindly to all about him, and of pious, confused ways. But." immortal oddity of Lissoy, and the incarnation of all that had been peculia:wsome generations in the race of the Goldsmiths, was the parson's young son,
с. In book-learning, for one thing, he was, from the first, a little blockhead. "NA H was so dull a boy” was the report of a kinswoman, who, having lived in the L.* household, had been the first to try to teach him his letters, and who afterw under her married name of Elizabeth Delap, kept a small school at Lissoy, survived to be proud of her pupil, and to talk of him in her extreme old age, flits he was dead. Hardly different seems to have been the report of the Lissoy scth master, Thomas Byme, more familiarly known as “Paddy Byrne,”—a
veteran 4 had returned to his original vocation of teaching after having served in the
by under Marlborough and risen to the rank of quartermaster to a regiment in SE-1 And yet of this “Paddy Byrne” Goldsmith seems to have retained to the an affectionate recollection:
A man severe he was, and stern to view;
=tained tonsitive to the jokes made at his expense, and liable to fits of the sulks on account
etter than all, he had a stock of tales, not only of his own campaigning adFintures, but also from old Irish ballads, chap-books, and fairy lore, and a knack s versifying, which he was fond of exercising in the form of extempore Irish To-anslations from Virgil. From this “Paddy Byrne,” in short, if from any one, Soldsmith caught his first notions of literary invention and rhyming. But the poor
tle fellow was always unfortunate. Hardly had he become aware of the wealth yei at was in Paddy Byrne, and hardly had Paddy Byrne had time to discern the mark of genius that lay somewhere in his awkward little pupil, when the two večere separated. The boy was not more than nine years of age when an attack ile e confluent small-pox stopped his attendance at Lissoy school ; and, when he ister covered, it was with his naturally plain face disfigured into such a grotesque of outh liness that it was difficult to look at him without laughing. Whether to get court m out of sight for a time, or because better instruction than Paddy Byrne's was were sw thought necessary for him, he was sent away from Lissoy to Elphin, a distance the is about thirty miles. The purpose was that he should attend the school at Elphin e vehich had formerly been taught by his grandfather, the Rev. Oliver Jones, but d cleans now under the care of a Rev. Mr. Griffin. For about two years, accordingly, eked : did attend this school, boarding all the while with his uncle, Mr. John Goldeccerbaith of Ballyoughter, who lived near Elphin. But in 1739, when he was eleven
ways cars old, he was brought back to a school of some reputation nearer home-one een pethich had been set up in Athlone, about five miles from Lissoy, by a Rev. Mr. -oung scampbell
. Two years here, and four years more at the school of a Rev. Patrick khead. ughes at Edgeworthstown, county Longford, some seventeen miles from Lissoy, ived in impleted his school education and brought him to his seventeenth year. 1 who ? The accounts of young Goldsmith during this time when he was tossed about from ol at Lihool to school in his native part of Ireland, generally coming home to Lissoy and eme olds neighbourhood for the holidays, correspond singularly with what he was all the Lis rough life. At every school we hear of him as a shy, thick, awkward boy, the ;"—a vanstant butt of his companions because of his comically ugly face, and thought Served is most of them to be "little better than a fool.”. And yet everywhere there seems
have been a liking for him as an innocent simple-hearted fellow, who, though
them, would be all right again on the least beckoning of kindliness, and capital