Edward Synge (bishop of Elphin)

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Edward Synge, D.D., M.A. (1691–1762) was an Anglican clergyman who served in the Church of Ireland as Bishop of Clonfert and Kilmacduagh (1730–1732), Bishop of Cloyne (1732–1734), Bishop of Ferns and Leighlin (1734–1740), and Bishop of Elphin (1740–1762).

His father was Edward Synge, Archbishop of Tuam. His grandfather was Edward Synge, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross and his brother Nicholas Synge Bishop of Killaloe. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, obtaining a Master of Arts degree in 1712 and a Doctorate of Divinity in 1728. He was briefly the Chancellor of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, before he was nominated the Bishop of Clonfert and Kilmacduagh on 14 May 1730 and consecrated on 7 June 1730.[1] He was subsequently translated to Cloyne on 22 March 1732,[2] then to Ferns and Leighlin on 8 February 1734,[3] and finally to Elphin on 15 May 1740.[4]

He served on numerous Dublin bodies and is particularly well known for his letters to his only surviving daughter, Alicia by his wife Jane Curtis. In these he makes incidental allusions to the rural economy but they are principally taken up with paedagogically apt and interesting remarks concerning evolving English style and expression. Religious preoccupations and classical references are absent, as are references to traditional Irish culture (apart from a reference to a popular song addressed to the wren), but there is a very limited awareness of contemporary French literature.

He died in office on 27 January 1762, aged 71.[4]

His daughter Alicia married Joshua Cooper MP (1732–1800) of Markree Castle in County Sligo.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, p. 383.
  2. ^ Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, p. 385.
  3. ^ Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, p. 393.
  4. ^ a b Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, p. 392.
  5. ^ Aspinall, Arthur (1986). R. Thorne, ed. "COOPER, Edward Synge (1762-1830), of Markree Castle, co. Sligo and Boden Park, co. Westmeath". The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820. Boydell and Brewer. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S. et al., eds. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd, reprinted 2003 ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X. 


Church of Ireland titles
Preceded by
Arthur Price
Bishop of Clonfert and Kilmacduagh
1730–1732
Succeeded by
Mordecai Cary
Preceded by
Henry Maule
Bishop of Cloyne
1732–1734
Succeeded by
George Berkeley
Preceded by
Arthur Price
Bishop of Ferns and Leighlin
1734–1740
Succeeded by
George Stone
Preceded by
Robert Howard
Bishop of Elphin
1740–1762
Succeeded by
William Gore