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W. P. Courtney

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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...


William Nicolson (1655–1727) by W. Miln, 1891 (after unknown artist, c. 1715–20) reproduced by permission of the Provost and Fellows of the Queen's College, Oxford


Nicolson, William (1655–1727), Church of Ireland bishop of Derry and antiquary, was born on Whitsunday, 3 June 1655—according to local tradition, in the porch of the parish church of Great Orton, Cumberland. His father, Joseph Nicolson (1622/3–1686), was a time-serving clergyman of varied intellectual interests, who had been installed in the living of ...


Reeves, William (1815–1892), antiquary and bishop of Down, Connor, and Dromore, was the eldest child of Boles D'Arcy Reeves (d. 1852), an attorney, and his wife, Mary (d. 1832), fourth daughter of Captain Jonathan Bruce Roberts, who fought at the battle of ...