Irish School Medals | Rev. Fea's School, to Matthew Read for Geography
Rev. Fea's School, to Matthew Read for Geography
School boy holding an open book; on a ribbon around, BY ATTENTION & STUDY WE ARIVE TO PREFT.
MATTW. READ Obtained this Medal for his Remarkable Ansg. In GEOGRAPHY at the Revd. John Feas SCHOOL No. 100 Gt. Briton St. DECr. 20th, 1798.
The Rev. John Fea (1762-1844) graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1788 and entered the ministry as a curate at St. Thomas's Church in Dublin. In 1790, he married Elizabeth Woods, the daughter of Michael Woods from that city. They had two sons and two daughters including John Worthington Fea, the eldest son and also a minister, who was born in 1792. According to an 1833 article on Curates of Ireland (New Monthly Magazine, Volume III, 1833, pp. 68-69), the elder Rev. Fea kept a school for several years on Summer-hill in Dublin, close to his parish church. In the early 1830's, he and other ministers who also kept schools were forced by the Archbishop to chose between their clerical duties and continuing to operate their schools. Although the school provided most of the Rev. Fea's family income, he chose his ministry over the school.