James McCann (bishop)

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The Most Rev[1] James McCann MA, PhD, DD, LlD was a 20th-century Anglican Bishop.[2]

Born in Grantham on 31 October 1897 and educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, Queen’s University, Belfast and Trinity College, Dublin [3] he was ordained in 1920. He held curacies at Ballymena, Ballyclare, Cavan and Oldcastle. He was Rector of Donaghpatrick,1930–1936 and of St Mary’s, Drogheda 1936 - 1945.[4] He was Bishop of Meath, 1945–1959; and Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, 1959–1969. He died on 19 July 1983.[5]


  1. ^ Intriguingly he spent his whole Episcopal career as “The Most Rev” because by tradition the Premier Bishop of Ireland (Bishop of Meath) is so labelled > Debrett’s Correct Form Montague-Smith,P(Ed): London, Debrett’s,1992 ISBN 0-7472-0658-9
  2. ^ “A New History of Ireland” Moody,T.M;Martin,F.X;Byrne,F.J;Cosgrove,F:By Theodore William Moody, Francis X. Martin, Francis John Byrne, Art Cosgrove: Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-821745-5
  3. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory1940-41 Oxford, OUP,1940
  5. ^ Most Rev James McCann The Times Saturday, Jul 23, 1983; pg. 10; Issue 61592; col G
Religious titles
Preceded by
William Hardy Holmes
Bishop of Meath
1945 – 1959
Succeeded by
Robert Bonsall Pike
Preceded by
John Allen Fitzgerald Gregg
Archbishop of Armagh
1959 – 1969
Succeeded by
George Otto Simms