John Gerald Simms (1904 - 1979):
Academic and writer
Gerald Simms was born in Lifford, County Donegal, and was educated at Winchester and Oxford. Before entering Trinity College, Dublin, in 1950 as a lecturer in Modern History, he had been a civil servant in the Indian administration. In 1966 he was elected a Fellow of Trinity, and in 1974 became Keeper of Marsh's Library, Dublin. He was a member of the Royal Irish Academy. Among his publications are The Williamite Confiscation in Ireland, 1690-1703; Jacobite Ireland, 1685-91 and William Molyneux of Dublin.