Bishop of Waterford and Lismore

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The Bishop of Waterford and Lismore is an episcopal title which takes its name after the city of Waterford and town of Lismore in the Republic of Ireland. The title was used by the Church of Ireland until 1838, and is still used by the Roman Catholic.

History[edit]

The bishopric is a union of the episcopal sees of Waterford and Lismore which were united by Pope Urban V in 1363. Following the Reformation, there were parallel successions.

In the Church of Ireland the see continued until 1833 when it was became part of the archbishopric of Cashel. In 1838, the Anglican province of Cashel lost its metropolitan status and became the bishopric of Cashel and Waterford. It was further united with the Sees of Ossory, Ferns and Leighlin to became the united bishopric of Cashel and Ossory in 1977.

In the Roman Catholic Church the title remains as separate bishopric. The present Incumbent is the Most Reverend William Lee, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Waterford and Lismore, who was appointed by the Holy See on 27 May 1993 and ordained bishop on 25 July 1993.[1]

Pre-Reformation bishops[edit]

Pre-Reformation Bishops of Waterford and Lismore
From Until Incumbent Notes
1363 1394 Thomas le Reve Appointed Bishop of Lismore in 1358. Became Bishop of Waterford and Lismore on 16 June 1363 when Pope Urban V united the two dioceses, and received possession of the temporalities on 7 October 1363. Died in office before September 1394
1394 1396 Robert Read, O.P. Appointed on 9 September 1394. Translated to Carlisle on 26 January 1396, thence to Chichester on 5 October 1396.
1396 1397 Thomas Sparkford Previously a priest of the Diocese of Exeter in England. Appointed bishop on 27 January 1396. Died in office before July 1397.
1397 1400 John Deping, O.P. Appointed on 11 July 1397. Died in office on 4 February 1400.
1400 1407 Thomas Snell Formerly Arcdeacon of Glendalough. Appointed on 26 May 1400 and received the temporalities on 16 November 1400. Translated to Ossory on 11 March 1407.
1407 1409 Roger of Appleby, O.S.A. Translated from Dromore before October 1407. Died in office before August 1409.
1409 1414 John Geese, O.Carm. (1st term) Appointed on 23 August 1409. Deprived by Antipope John XXIII in February 1414.
1414 1422 Thomas Colby Formerly Bishop-designate of Elphin. Appointed by Antipope John XXIII in February 1414. Died in office on before December 1422.
1422 1425 John Geese, O.Carm. (2nd term) Appointed again on 4 December 1422. Acted as a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of London 1424. Died in office on 22 December 1425.
1426 1446 Richard Cantwell Formerly Archdeacon of Lismore. Appointed on 27 February 1426. Died in office on 7 May 1446.
1446 c.1472 Robert Poer Formerly Dean and Archdeacon of Lismore. Appointed on 2 September 1446 and consecrated on 23 August 1447. Died in office circa 1472.
1473 unknown Richard Martin, O.F.M. (bishop-designate) Appointed on 9 March 1473, but was not consecrated. Later appointed Bishop of St David's in 1482.
1475 1483 John Bulcomb (de Cutwart) Appointed on 17 March 1475. Resigned before 17 October 1483.
1480 unknown Nicol Ó hAonghusa, O.Cist. Formerly Abbot of Fermoy. Appointed on 20 May 1480. Death date unknown.
1483 1519 Thomas Purcell Appointed on 17 October 1483 and consecrated after 6 October 1483. Resigned on 13 April 1519.
Source(s): [2][3][4]

Bishops during the Reformation[edit]

Bishops of Waterford and Lismore during the Reformation
From Until Incumbent Notes
1519 1550 Nicholas Comyn Translated from Ferns. Appointed by the Holy See on 13 April 1519 and accepted royal supremacy during the Irish Reformation. Deprived or resigned on 21 July 1550 and died on 12 July 1551.
1550 1551 John Magrath, O.F.M. Appointed by the Holy See on 21 July 1550, but was not recognized by the Crown. Died circa 1551.
1551 1578 Patrick Walsh Dean of Waterford (1547–1566). Nominated bishop by King Edward VI on 9 June 1551 and consecrated by royal mandate on 23 October 1551. In the reign Queen Mary I, recognized bishop by the Holy See in around 1555/1556. At the accession of Queen Elizabeth I in 1558, he supported royal supremacy. Died in office in 1578.
Source(s): [5][6][7]

Post-Reformation bishops[edit]

Church of Ireland succession[edit]

Church of Ireland Bishops of Waterford and Lismore
From Until Incumbent Notes
1579 1582 Marmaduke Middleton Nominated on 11 April 1579 and appointed by letters patent on 31 May 1579. Translated to St David's on 30 November 1582.
1582 1589 The see was granted in commendam to Miler Magrath, Archbishop of Cashel.
1589 1592 Thomas Wetherhead Also recorded as Thomas Walley. Nominated on 21 March 1589 and appointed by letters patent on 20 July 1589. Died in office before 15 March 1592.
1592 1608 The see was granted again in commendam to Miler Magrath, Archbishop of Cashel.
1608 1619 John Lancaster Nominated on 5 January 1608 and appointed by letters patent on 26 February 1608. Died in office in 1619.
1619 1635 Michael Boyle Nominated on 7 August 1619. Died in office on 29 December 1635.
1636 1640 John Atherton Nominated on 5 April 1636 and appointed by letters patent on 4 May 1636. Executed on 5 December 1640.
1641 1646 Archibald Adair Translated from Killala and Achonry. Nominated on 7 June 1641 and appointed by letters patent on 13 July 1641. Forced to flee the country during the Irish Rebellion of 1641. Deprived when the Episcopate was abolished in 1676 and died in Bristol circa 1647.
1646 1660 See vacant
1660 1665 George Baker Nominated on 6 August 1660 and consecrated on 27 January 1661. Died in office on 13 November 1665.
1666 1691 Hugh Gore [8] Nominated on 8 February 1666 and consecrated on 25 March 1666. Died in office and buried on 27 March 1691.
1691 1707 Nathaniel Foy Nominated on 16 April 1691 and consecrated on 9 August 1691. Died in office on 31 December 1707.
1708 1740 Thomas Milles Nominated on 17 January 1708 and consecrated on 18 April 1708. Died in office on 13 May 1740.
1740 1745 Charles Este Translated from Ossory. Nominated on 10 July 1740 and appointed by letters patent on 4 October 1740. Died in office on 29 November 1745.
1746 1779 Richard Chenevix Translated from Killaloe. Nominated on 23 December 1745 and appointed by letter patent on 15 January 1746. Died in office on 11 September 1779.
1779 1795 William Newcome Translated from Ossory. Nominated on 22 October 1779 and appointed by letters patent on 5 November 1779. Translated to Armagh on 27 January 1795.
1795 1802 Richard Marlay Translated from Clonfert and Kilmacduagh. Nominated on 11 March 1795 and appointed by letters patent on 21 March 1795. Died in office on 1 July 1802.
1802 1810 The Hon. Power Le Poer Trench Nominated on 18 August 1802 and consecrated on 21 November 1802. Translated to Elphin on 30 April 1810.
1810 1813 Joseph Stock [9] Translated from Killala and Achonry. Nominated on 12 April 1810 and appointed by letters patent on 1 May 1810. Died in office on 14 August 1813.
1813 1832 The Hon. Richard Bourke Nominated on 25 August 1813 and consecrated on 10 October 1813. Died in office on 15 November 1832.
1833 1838 The see part of the Church of Ireland archbishopric of Cashel
1838 1977 The see part of the Church of Ireland bishopric of Cashel and Waterford
Since 1977 The see part of the Church of Ireland bishopric of Cashel and Ossory
Source(s): [10][11][12]

Roman Catholic succession[edit]

Roman Catholic Bishops of Waterford and Lismore
From Until Incumbent Notes
1578 1600 John White (vicar apostolic) Appointed vicar apostolic by papal brief on 4 November 1578, and is said to have remained in the post until 1600.[13]
1600 aft.1610 James White (vicar apostolic) Appointed vicar apostolic by papal brief on 24 July 1600, and continued in the post until after 22 April 1610.
1623 1625 Peter Lombard (apostolic administrator) Archbishop of Armagh (1601–1625). Appointed apostolic administrator by papal brief on 23 April 1623. Without coming to Ireland, died in Rome on 5 September 1625.
1625 1629 See vacant
1629 1652 Patrick Comerford, O.E.S.A. Appointed on 12 February 1629 and consecrated on 18 March 1629. Died in office on 10 March 1652
1652 1657 See vacant
1657 unknown Patrick Hacket (vicar apostolic) Appointed vicar apostolic by papal brief on 17 April 1657.
1671 1693 John Brenan

Appointed on 16 (or 26) May 1671, papal brief dated 19 May 1671, and consecrated on 6 September 1671. Translated to Cashel on 8 May 1677, but retained the administration of Waterford & Lismore until his death in 1693.

1693 1696 See vacant
1696 1739 Richard Piers Appointed on 21 May 1696. Died in office before 29 May 1739.
1739 1747 Sylvester Lloyd, O.F.M. Translated from Killaloe on 29 May 1739. Died in office in 1747.
1743 1745 Thomas Strich (coadjutor bishop) Appointed coadjutor bishop on 18 December 1743. Died before succeeding on 20 February 1745.
1747 1775 Peter Creagh Appointed coadjutor bishop on 12 April 1745 and succeeded in 1747. Died in office on 12 February 1775.
1775 1796 William Egan Appointed coadjutor bishop on 3 February 1771, papal brief dated 8 March 1771, and consecrated on 19 May 1771. Succeeded diocesan bishop on 12 February 1775. Died in office on 22 July 1796.
1796 1803 Thomas Hussey Appointed on 4 December 1796, papal brief dated 10 January 1797, and consecrated on 26 February 1797. Died in office on 11 July 1803.
1804 1816 John Power (I.) Appointed on 7 January 1804, papal brief dated 27 January 1804, and consecrated on 25 April 1804. Died in office on 27 January 1816.
1817 1821 Robert Walsh Appointed on 30 May 1817, papal brief dated 4 July 1817, and consecrated on 31 August 1817. Died in office on 1 October 1821.
1822 1829 Patrick Kelly Translated from Richmond, U.S.A. Appointed on 3 (or 9) February 1822 and papal brief dated 22 February 1822. Died in office on 8 October 1829.
1829 1837 William Abraham Appointed on 23 December 1829 and papal brief dated 12 January 1830. Died in office on 23 January 1837.
1837 1855 Nicholas Foran Previously Bishop-designate of Galway in 1831. Appointed Bishop of Waterford and Lismore on 28 May 1837, papal brief 6 June 1837, and consecrated on 24 August 1837. Died in office on 11 May 1855.
1855 1873 Dominic O’Brien Appointed on 29 July 1855, papal brief dated 3 August 1855, and consecrated on 30 September 1855. Died in office on 12 June 1873.
1873 1887 John Power (II.) Appointed coadjutor bishop on 20 May 1873, succeeded on 12 June 1873, and consecrated 20 July 1873. Died in office on 6 December 1887.
1887 1889 Piers Power Appointed coadjutor bishop on 29 January 1886 and consecrated 7 March 1886. Succeeded diocesan bishop on 6 December 1887. Died in office on 22 May 1889.
1889 1891 John Egan Appointed on 19 November 1889 and consecrated 19 January 1890. Died in office on 10 June 1891.
1892 1915 Richard Alphonsus Sheehan Appointed on 15 January 1892 and consecrated on 31 January 1892. Died in office on 14 August 1915.
1916 1932 Bernard Hackett, C.Ss.R. Appointed on 29 January 1916 and consecrated on 19 March 1916. Died in office on 1 June 1932.
1933 1942 Jeremiah Kinane Appointed on 21 April 1933 and consecrated 29 June 1933. Translated to the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly as coadjutor archbishop on 31 January 1942 and succeeded metropolitan archbishop of Cashel and Emly on 11 September 1946.
1943 1965 Daniel Cohalan Appointed on 3 February 1943 and consecrated 4 April 1943. Died in office on 27 January 1965.
1965 1993 Michael Russell Appointed on 8 November 1965 and ordained bishop on 19 December 1965. Retired on 27 May 1993 and died on 12 January 2009.
1993 present William Lee [1] Appointed on 27 May 1993 and ordained bishop on 25 July 1993.
Source(s): [14][15][16]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bishop William Lee". Diocese of Waterford and Lismore. Retrieved 6 August 2009. 
  2. ^ Cotton 1851, The Province of Munster, pp. 119–123.
  3. ^ Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, pp. 376–377.
  4. ^ Moody, Martin & Byrne 1984, A New History of Ireland, volume IX, pp. 304–305.
  5. ^ Cotton 1851, The Province of Munster, pp. 122–123.
  6. ^ Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, pp. 337, 407, and 444.
  7. ^ Moody, Martin & Byrne 1984, A New History of Ireland, volume IX, pp. 305, 368–369, and 422.
  8. ^ Hugh Gore (1613-1691). Welsh Biography Online. Retrieved 6 August 2009.
  9. ^ Joseph Stock (1740-1813). Dictionary of Ulster Biography. Retrieved 6 August 2009.
  10. ^ Cotton 1851, The Province of Munster, pp. 123–135.
  11. ^ Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, pp. 407–408.
  12. ^ Moody, Martin & Byrne 1984, A New History of Ireland, volume IX, pp. 422–423.
  13. ^ Moody, Martin & Byrne 1984, A New History of Ireland, volume IX, p. 366, fn. 69.
  14. ^ Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, pp. 444–445.
  15. ^ Moody, Martin & Byrne 1984, A New History of Ireland, volume IX, pp. 368–370.
  16. ^ Diocese of Waterford and Lismore at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 28 June 2013.

References[edit]

  • Cotton, Henry (1851). The Province of Munster. Fasti Ecclesiae Hiberniae: The Succession of the Prelates and Members of the Cathedral Bodies of Ireland. Volume 1 (2nd ed.). Dublin: Hodges and Smith. 
  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I., eds. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd, reprinted 2003 ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X. 
  • Moody, T. W.; Martin, F. X.; Byrne, F. J., eds. (1984). Maps, Genealogies, Lists: A Companion to Irish History, Part II. A New History of Ireland. Volume IX. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-821745-5.