Anthony Blake (bishop)

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Anthony Blake (c.1704–1787) was an Irish prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise from 1756 to 1758 and Archbishop of Armagh from 1758 to 1787.[1]

Blake was the younger of two sons of Andrew Blake of Kilvine, County Mayo. His family were one of the Tribes of Galway; notable members of his family included James "Spanish" Blake, John Blake (mayor), John Henry Blake and Sally Blake (duelist).

He was a granduncle of Walter Blake Kirwan and Anthony Richard Blake.

He returned to Ireland from France about 1731, having been educated at Saint-Omer and Louvain. He was appointed priest in the archdiocese of Tuam, holding the posts of dean of the chapter and vicar general to the archbishop. From 1741 to 1756 he served as Warden of Galway, his most nobable act been the erection of a new parish chapel in the town's middle street, which stood till 1833.


  1. ^ Archbishop Anthony Blake at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 31 May 2013.
  • Dictionary of Irish Biography, pp. 579–80, Cambridge, 2010.