Edward Verraes

Menen 05.03.1829 - Tielt 20.10.1900

Eduard Verraes, son of Petrus Verraes, baker, and Maria Sy, started teaching at the college in Menen (May, 1851) and at the college of Saint Louis in Bruges (December, 1851). He was ordained priest in Bruges on 18 December, 1852. In December 1859 he went to work as a teacher at the minor seminary in Roeselare and as a primary school inspector. Subsequently he became a parish priest in Kortrijk (16.10.1867) and Harelbeke (18.09.1875), and was appointed pastor-dean in Tielt on 6 December 1882. In 1884 he became honorary chairman of the Davidsfonds branch in Tielt. Verraes celebrated the mass on the homage day of L.L. De Bo in Tielt on 30 September, 1855. He was the author of numerous historical studies in Rond den Heerd (By the Fireside), Biekorf (Beehive), and in the Annales de la Société d’Emulation in Bruges (Acts of the History Society), including an elaborate study of the Saint Idesbald van der Gracht cult in Bruges (1896) and biographies of F. Vande Putte, P. de Corte (Curtius) (1863), Rev. Clarysse (1875), J.O. Andries, etc.).

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