Maxwell Henry Close is someone whose sponsorship of the Dictionary we were not aware of until today.
Born in Dublin in 1822, Close was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and later became a Church of Ireland clergyman. He made a significant contribution to the study of geology, but was also a founder member of the Gaelic Union and the Society for the Preservation of the Irish Language.
In his will Close left £1000 to the Royal Irish Academy to be used for the publication of what became the Dictionary of the Irish Language.
He died on this day (12 September) 1903.
Thanks to ainm.ie for drawing our attention to this extraordinary donation which seems to have gone unacknowledged for far too long.