Past Presidents of the RSAI

Over its history the Royal Society of Antiquaries has had 35 Presidents. The names and backgrounds of the individuals tell us of the history of the Society, and indeed of society in general since 1849.

The 36th and current President of the RSAI is Dr. Rachel Moss of the School of Art History in Trinity College, Dublin.

Here are the Past Presidents:

Rev. Charles A. Vignoles 1849-1977

The very revd Dr Vignoles

The 4th Duke of Leinster 1878-1877

The Marquess of Kildare

Lord James Wandesford Butler 1888-1894

James W Butler

Sir Thomas Drew 1895-1897

Sir Thomas Drew

Rt. Hon. O’Conor Don 1898-1899 (Honorary President 1900)

The Right Hon O'Conor Don

Edward Percival Wright 1900-1903

John Ribbon Garstin 1903-1903

John Ribton Garstin

Patrick Weston Joyce 1906-1908

Patrick Weston Joyce

Robert Cochrane 1909-1912

Robret Cochrane

Count Plunkett 1913-1916

George Noble Count Plunket

Thomas Johnson Westropp 1917-1920

Thomas J Westropp

Michael Joseph McEnery 1920-1923

Michael Joseph McEnrey

R.A.S. Macalister 1924-1928

RAS McAllister

W.F. Butler 1928-1930

W.F. Butler

Goddard H. Orpen 1931-1932

Goddard H Orpen

Thomas P. Le Fanu 1933-1936


Eoin MacNeill 1937-1940

Eoin McNeil

Harold G. Leask 1941-1944

Harold G Leask

Rev. Prof. John Ryan S.J. 1945-1948

Rev Prof John Ryan

Seán P. Ó Riordáin 1953-1956

Sean P O Riordain

G.F. Mitchell 1957-1960

G.F. Mitchell

Joseph Raftery 1961-1964

Joseph Raftery

Helen M. Roe 1965-1968

Helen Roe

A.T. Lucas 1969-1972

A.T. Lucas

Henry A. Wheeler 1973-1976

Henry Aimers Wheeler

Michael Herity 1977-1980

Michael Herity

James Lydon 1981-1984

James P Lydon

Etienne Rynne 1985-1988

Etienne Rynne

Seán Ó Nualláin 1989-1992

Sean O Nuallain

Rhoda Kavanagh 1993-1996

Rhoda Kavanagh

Próinséas Ní Chatháin 1997-2000

Phrionsais O Cathain

Conleth Manning 2001-2004

Conleth Manning

Aideen Ireland 2005-2008

Charles Doherty 2009-2012

Dr Rachel Moss 2013-2016