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

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Berkeley, George (1685–1753), Church of Ireland bishop of Cloyne and philosopher, was born at or near Kilkenny on 12 March 1685. His father, William Berkeley (d. in or after 1734), who later held a military commission, was a gentleman farmer descended from a ...

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Edward Copleston (1776–1849) by Thomas Phillips, 1820 courtesy of the Provost and Fellows of Oriel College, Oxford; photograph © Studio Edmark

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Copleston, Edward (1776–1849), bishop of Llandaff and moral philosopher, was born on 2 February 1776 at Offwell in Devon, where his father, John Bradford Copleston, was rector. He was educated at home until the age of fifteen when, in 1791, he won a scholarship to ...

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Richard Whately (1787–1863) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Whately, Richard (1787–1863), Church of Ireland archbishop of Dublin and philosopher, was born on 1 February 1787, at Cavendish Square, London, the youngest of nine children of the Revd Canon Joseph Whately (d. 1797) of Nonsuch Park, Surrey, and his wife, Jane Plumer...