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Robert John Hunter was born in Ashbourne, County Meath and educated at Wesley College and Trinity College, Dublin. He began postgraduate study under Professor T.W. Moody in 1951 and was awarded a MLitt for his dissertation on ‘The Ulster Plantation in the Counties of Armagh and Cavan, 1608–41’ in 1969.

In 1963 Bob was appointed an assistant Lecturer in history at Magee University College, Londonderry from where he moved to the New University of Ulster (later University of Ulster) on its formation in 1968. Bob spent the rest of his working life at Ulster, where he specialised in the teaching of early modern Irish history. He also taught on a number of extra mural and local studies courses.

Although he did not publish a great deal during his lifetime, Bob was an indefatigable researcher. The main focus of his research was the Plantation of the western counties of Ulster in the early seventeenth century and in particular the English settlers in the area. He was also interested in trade between Ireland and Britain, the military history of the period and the Anglicisation of Ireland from the seventeenth century onwards. Another interest was the history of Londonderry, particularly the nineteenth century city and its cultural and intellectual life.

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R. J. Hunter

Robert John (Bob) Hunter was born in rural Meath in 1938 and was educated atWesleyCollegeandTrinityCollege,Dublin. After graduation in 1960, he began research on the Ulster Plantation in the counties ofArmaghand Cavan, 1608-41. This interest in thePlantation, and early modern Irish history generally, was to dominate his life.

In 1963 he was appointed Assistant Lecturer in History atMageeCollege, thus beginning an association with the city ofDerrythat was to continue for the rest of his life. The creation of what was to become theUniversityofUlsteralso saw him teaching regularly in Coleraine.

Through his meticulous research, he developed an encyclopedia knowledge of his subject, traversing such themes as the development of towns, the role of the English planters, the history of trade and migration and the intellectual and cultural life ofUlstermore generally.

Though his untimely death in 2007 was to cut short his ambitions for further writing, he was nevertheless to leave behind more than thirty articles, essays, reviews, etc., which were the result of painstaking study conducted with a careful eye for detail and relevance.

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