Eleanor Hull

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"Cuchulain Slays the Hound of Culain", illustration by Stephen Reid from Eleanor Hull's The Boys' Cuchulain, 1904

Eleanor Henrietta Hull (15 January 1860 – 13 January 1935) was a writer, journalist and scholar of Old Irish.


Hull was born in England, of a County Down family, the daughter of Edward Hull. She was educated at Alexandra College, Dublin and was a student of Irish Studies. On 26 April 1898 she was a co-founder of the Irish Texts Society for the publication of early manuscripts. Douglas Hyde was President and Frederick York Powell was chairperson and Norma Borthwick and Eleanor Hull were the secretaries.[1][2] Hull was honorary secretary for nearly thirty years.

She was president of the Irish Literary Society.

She died in Wimbledon, England on 13 January 1935, two days shy of her 75th birthday.

Selected works[edit]

Her published works include:

  • The Cuchulain Saga in Irish Literature (1898)
  • Pagan Ireland (Dublin, 1904 & 1923)
  • Early Christian Ireland
  • A Text Book of Irish Literature (2 volumes) (1906)
  • The Poem-Book of the Gael (London, 1912)
  • The Northmen in Britain (New York, 1913)
  • Folklore of the British Isles (1929)
  • A History of Ireland and her People (2 volumes) (1926)

She wrote the English versification (known as the hymn "Be Thou My Vision" ) for the Irish hymn "Bí Thusa 'mo Shúile" in 1912.


  1. ^ "Eleanor Henrietta Hull". Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 22 November 2017. 
  2. ^ The Origins of the Irish Texts Society, HistoryIreland.com, retrieved 8 July 2015

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