1825–1894

Introduction

Born: De­cem­ber 16, 1825, Dub­lin, Ire­land.

Died: March 24, 1894, at his home in Dub­lin, Ire­land.

Buried: Mount Je­rome Ce­me­te­ry, Dub­lin, Ire­land.

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Biography

Stewart’s fa­ther was li­brar­i­an to the Hon­or­a­ble So­ci­e­ty of King’s Inns.

Robert at­tende­d the Ca­thed­ral School of Christ Church, where he served as cho­ris­ter. In 1844, at age 19, he be­came or­gan­ist of Christ Church.

He was Pro­fess­or of Mu­sic at the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Dub­lin, 1862–94. Charles Stan­ford was his pu­pil and friend.

Stewart ed­it­ed the Ir­ish Church Hym­nal in 1876. Earl Spen­cer (Lord Lieu­ten­ant) knight­ed him Feb­ru­a­ry 28, 1872, in the throne room of Dub­lin Cast­le.

A sta­tue of Stew­art was erecte­d on Lein­ster Lawn, Dub­lin, and un­veiled by Earl Ca­do­gan, the Lord Lieu­ten­ant of Ire­land, March 8, 1898.

On Christ­mas 1896, a brass plaque was put up in Christ Church Ca­thed­ral in his me­mo­ry:

To the Glory of God
and in Memory of
Robert Prescott Stewart, Knt,
Doctor of Music.
Trained as a Chorister in the Ca­thed­ral School
he was appointed Organist at the age of eighteen
and continued in that post during fifty years.
His name stands foremost among the many who
for seven centuries
Devoted their musical talents to the Service of God
within this Ancient Sanctuary.
Upright in life and modest in spirit,
He gained the warm affection of a large circle of
friends, and universal honour and respect.
A brilliant Organist and Composer, he impressed
his genius on the use and Mode of Services
in this Ca­thed­ral Church,
and
enriched its library with many noble compositions.
Born 1825.
He entered into His rest on Easter Eve, 1894.

Sources

Music