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Adair, Archibald (d. 1647), Church of Ireland bishop of Waterford and Lismore, was the fourth son of Ninian Adair (fl. 1588), laird of Kinhilt in Galloway, and Catherine Agnew of Lochnaw, also in Galloway. He matriculated at St Andrews University in 1593 and graduated MA in 1596. He appears to have been presented to the vicarage of ...

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Andrews, George (d. 1648), Church of Ireland bishop of Ferns and Leighlin, was born in Daventry, Northamptonshire, the son of Thomas Andrews of Daventry and Jane, 'daughter of Mr Belson of London' (Visitations); his brother, Eusebius, was father of Colonel Eusebius Andrews...

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Ashe, St George (1658–1718), Church of Ireland bishop of Derry and scholar, was born at Castle Strange, co. Roscommon, on 3 March 1658, the second of the three sons of Thomas Ashe, who belonged to a Wiltshire family that had settled in Ireland...

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Atherton, John (1598–1640), Church of Ireland bishop of Waterford and Lismore, was the son of John Atherton (c.1560–1609?), rector of Bawdrip in Somerset, where Atherton was probably born. He both matriculated and graduated BA at Gloucester Hall, Oxford, in 1617 and took an MA from ...

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Babington, Brute (d. 1611), Church of Ireland bishop of Derry, came from Cheshire. He entered Christ's College, Cambridge, on 17 June 1572, graduated BA in 1576 (incorporating at Oxford on 15 July 1578), and MA in 1579 (as a member of St John's College...

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Bale, John (1495–1563), bishop of Ossory, evangelical polemicist, and historian, was born to parents of humble means at the village of Cove, near Dunwich in Suffolk, on 21 November 1495.

Throughout his life, despite wide travels, Bale continually proclaimed his identity as a ...

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Thompson Cooper

revised by Philip Carter

Barnard, William (1696/7–1768), Church of Ireland bishop of Derry, was born at Clapham, Surrey, the son of John Barnard, a lawyer. He entered Westminster School in 1713, and, aged twenty, was elected in 1717 to a scholarship at Trinity College, Cambridge. He graduated BA (1721), MA (1724), and DD (1740). He became a minor fellow of ...

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Bedell, William (bap. 1572, d. 1642), Church of Ireland bishop of Kilmore, was baptized on 14 January 1572 at Black Notley, Essex, where he was born, the second of three sons among six children of John Bedell (d. 1600), yeoman, and Elizabeth Aliston or Elliston (...

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W. P. Courtney

revised by Alan R. Acheson

Bennet, William (1746–1820), bishop of Cloyne and antiquary, was born in the Tower of London on 4 March 1746, the son of Robert Bennet. He was educated at Harrow School, where he made the acquaintance of Dr Samuel Parr, Gilbert Wakefield, and Sir John Parnell...

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George Berkeley (1685–1753) by John Smibert, 1730 © National Portrait Gallery, London