William Palliser (bishop)

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William Palliser (1646 – 1 January 1726 Old Style) was a clergyman who was Professor of Divinity at Trinity College, Dublin, then successively Church of Ireland Bishop of Cloyne and Archbishop of Cashel.


The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Baptist and Saint Patrick's Rock, Cashel, the episcopal seat of the Church of Ireland archbishops.

Palliser was of English birth, his grandfather, John Palliser, Esquire, being of Newby-super-Wiske, Yorkshire, but his father (also called John Palliser) had migrated to Ireland, and from the age of fourteen the young Palliser was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. In 1668, he was elected a Fellow of Trinity, and in November 1669 he was ordained a deacon of the Church of Ireland. On 28 January he was ordained to the priesthood in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. In October 1670 Palliser was elected as medicus of Trinity and in 1678 was appointed as professor of divinity. He gave the Latin oration at the funeral of Archbishop James Margetson of Armagh in September 1678.[1]

On 14 February 1692/93, a year after the battle of the Boyne, Palliser was consecrated Bishop of Cloyne. On 10 April 1694 he was nominated as Archbishop of Cashel, this appointment being confirmed by letters patent dated 26 June 1694. After his translation he held the see until his death on 1 January 1726/27.[1]

Palliser married Elizabeth Hoye, and they had one son, William Palliser (who died childless in 1769) and one daughter, Jane, who married John Bury of Shannon Grove.[2]

Palliser was a substantial benefactor of his old college, Trinity.


  1. ^ a b PALLISER, WILLIAM (1646-1727) at palliser.co.uk
  2. ^ Sir Bernard Burke, The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales (1864), p. 772
Church of Ireland titles
Preceded by
Edward Jones
Bishop of Cloyne
Succeeded by
Tobias Pullein
Preceded by
Narcissus Marsh
Archbishop of Cashel
Succeeded by
William Nicolson