Samuel Butcher (bishop)

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Samuel Butcher PC (9 October 1811 – 29 July 1876) was an Irish Anglican bishop in the Church of Ireland in the 19th century.[1][2]

Butcher was the son of Samuel Butcher, a distinguished naval commander. He was Professor of Divinity at Trinity College, Dublin from 1852 to 1866 when he became Bishop of Meath.[3] He committed suicide,[4][5] the inquest deciding this was as the result of temporary insanity brought on by fever.[6]


The Ecclesiastical Calendar: Its theory and construction, Dublin: 1877. Edited and published posthumously by his sons Samuel Henry Butcher and John George Butcher.


  1. ^ “A New History of Ireland”, Moody, T.M; Martin, F.X; Byrne, F.J; Cosgrove, F: Oxford Oxford University Press, 1976, ISBN 0-19-821745-5
  2. ^ Joseph Jackson Howard, Fred Arthur Crisp, Visitation of Ireland vol. 2 (1898) 69.
  3. ^ “History of the Diocese of Meath”, Healy, J., Dublin, Association for promoting Christian Knowledge, 1908
  4. ^ Suicide of the Bishop of Meath. The Daily Gazette (Middlesbrough, England), Friday, 31 July 1876; pg. 3; Issue 2575. 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II.
  5. ^ Suicide of the Bishop of Meath. Nelson Evening Mail vol. 11, issue 244, 5 October 1876, page 4. Paperspast.
  6. ^ THE LATE DR. BUTCHER—THE INQUEST.IQUEST. I. Freeman's Journal and Daily Commercial Advertiser (Dublin, Ireland), Tuesday, 1 August 1876; Issue N/A.
Religious titles
Preceded by
Joseph Henderson Singer
Bishop of Meath
1866 – 1876
Succeeded by
William Conyngham Plunket