RepositoryJesuits in Britain Archives
Ref NoABSI/SJ/92
TitleFr John Gerard SJ (1840-1912)
LevelSub fonds
DescriptionThis collection contains the personal papers of Fr John Gerard SJ, including his last will and testament, correspondence relating to the death of his brother Montagu Gerard, and correspondence relating to his own death and funeral.
Admin_HistoryJohn Gerard was born in Edinburgh on 30 May 1840, as the eldest son of Colonel Archibald Gerard, of Rochsoles, in Lanarkshire. Influenced by the Tractarian movement, his father withdrew from the Scottish Episcopalian Communion in 1848 and joined the Catholic Church, with the result that John and his younger brother Montagu were sent for their education to Stonyhurst.

He remained at Stonyhurst for six years, and in September 1856 entered the English Province of the Society of Jesus at Beamont Lodge at the age of sixteen. On becoming a Jesuit he bequeathed his inheritance, including the Rochsoles estate, to his brother Montagu.

After taking his B.A. degree at London, and completing the usual philosophical studies, Fr Gerard, then a Scholastic, taught the class of Grammar at Beaumont in its early days as a college (1862-1863) and was master of the higher classes at Stonyhurst from 1865 to 1870.

After this Gerard proceeded to St Beuno's College for his theology, and after a year's Tertianship in Belgium, was appointed Prefect of Studies at St Francis Xavier's College, Liverpool (1875-1879).

Subsequently he held the same office at Stonyhurst from 1879-1893, where he brought out his 'Stonyhurst Latin Grammar', and his great work, 'Stonyhurst College: a Centenary Record'.

In 1893 Fr Gerard was called to London to assume the editorship of 'The Month', and a few years later published his book on the 'Gunpowder Plot'.

From 1897 to 1900 he was Provincial of the English Province, before returning to his former work of writer and editor, a position he held until his death.

Fr Gerard died at Farm Street, London, on 13 December 1912.
Related MaterialArchives:
For letters to Fr Herbert Thurston dated 1903 see: DY/3
For Fr Gerard's diary for St Beunos 1870-1874 including scrap book extracts, reminiscences and verses, see WX/2
For a reprint of Fr Gerard's 1895 article published in 'The Month' titled 'The Gunpowder Plot', annotated by B. Fitzgibbon see: 46/6/6
For an 'Index to the Stonyhurst Centenary Record' by Fr Gerard see: 59/2/6
For notes on the 'Gunpowder Plot' by Fr Gerard see: 46/6/9
For letters from John Henry Newman see: 9/3/13A
For a transcript of 'The Jesuit Oath' by Fr Gerard SJ see: UL/1
For letters to J.H Pollen SJ dated 1895-1898 see: RA/1, RB/1-2, RC/1
For a 'Report on Jesuit Training' dated 1902, co-authored by Fr Gerard, see: AE/10
For correspondence written by Fr Gerard during his editorship of 'The Month' see: ABSI/PU/1/2/2
For correspondence about Fr Gerard's death, dated 1912, see: Blackett Letters, vol.4, pages 164, 172, 178-9, 197, 331
For a Bournemouth letter from Fr Gerard to Fr Cooney dated 1897 see: ST/2
For mention of Fr Gerard in notes on the history of Malta College, and for a letter dated 1898 to a Fr Hornyold regarding Malta, see: RT/1
For copies of correspondence with Wilfrid Ward and George Tyrrell see: 52/3/6/5
For Fr Gerard's renunciation (1876) see: 1/4/1/2
For a sermon by Fr John Gerard SJ dated 18 October 1905, see: ABSI/DC/NHA/S/13
For instructions given by Fr Gerard dated Lent 1907, see: ABSI/DC/NHA/S/15
For three black and white photographs of Fr Gerard see: ABSI/SJ/PH/484

For his obituary see: L&N vol. 32, page 58
For a pamphlet by Gerard titled 'The Popish Plot and its newest Historian' (London, 1903) see: ALBSI/P/635
For a pamphlet by Gerard titled 'Contributions towards a Life of Fr Henry Garnet' (Roehampton, 1898) see: ALBSI/P/633
For a pamphlet by Gerard titled 'The French Associations Law - Its motives and methods' (London, 1902) see: ALBSI/P/634
Printed document
AccessConditionsThe papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to archive material in the Jesuits in Britain Archives.
PublnNoteFor a full bibliography see : f BY1. S

Among his publications are
Contributions towards a 'Life of Father Henry Garnet SJ' (1898) (BX 2079 G)
'The Case for Father Garnet' (1901)
'A Course of Religious Instruction for Catholic Youth' (1901) (BQ 7425 E)
'Essays on Un-Natural History' (1900) (BQ 7425 E)
'Evolutionary philosophy and common sense' (Second edition) (1904) (BQ 7425 E)
'The French Associations Law: Its Motives & Methods' (1902) (BQ 7425 E)
'The Gunpowder Plot and the Gunpowder Plotters : In Reply to Professor Gardiner (1897) (DA 392 G4)
'Memorials of Stonyhurst College' (1881) (BY 41.S)
'The Old Riddle and the Newest Answer (1904) (BQ 7425 E)
'Science and Scientists' (Second edition) (1899) (BQ 7425 E)
'Science or Romance?' (1902) (BQ 7425 E)
'Stonyhurst College: Its life beyond the Seas 1592-1794, and on English Soil 1794-1894' (1894) (f BY 41.S)
'What was the Gunpowder Plot? The traditional story tested by Original Evidence' (Second Edition) (1897) (DA 392-G4)
DS/UK/462Gerard; John (1840-1912); Jesuit Priest1840-1912

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