Alexander Arbuthnot (bishop)

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Rt Rev Alexander Arbuthnot
Born 7 May 1768
Rockfleet Castle, County Mayo
Died 9 January 1828(1828-01-09) (aged 59)
Killaloe, County Clare
Occupation Bishop of Killaloe and Kilfenora
Term 1823-1828
Predecessor Richard Mant
Successor Hon. Richard Ponsonby
Spouse(s) (1) Susanna Bingham
(2) Margaret Phoebe Bingham
Children (1) Major-General (hon.) George Bingham Arbuthnot, (2) Sir Alexander John Arbuthnot, KCSI and (3) General Sir Charles George Arbuthnot
Relatives Son of John Arbuthnot of Rockfleet; Brother of Charles Arbuthnot and General Sir Thomas Arbuthnot and General Sir Robert Arbuthnot

Alexander Arbuthnot[1] (7 May 1768 – 9 January 1828) was Bishop of Killaloe and Kilfenora in the then-established Church of Ireland.

He was born in Rockfleet Castle, County Mayo, Ireland, the son of John Arbuthnot of Rockfleet. Among his siblings were the Right Honourable Charles Arbuthnot and General Sir Thomas Arbuthnot.

Arbuthnot was ordained a priest at Limerick on 2 November 1794, made vicar of Annaghdown and Killascobe in 1801 and rector of Crossboyne and Kilcoleman in 1808. He served as Archdeacon of Aghadoe (1809–1816) and Dean of Cloyne (1816–1823), before being elevated to the episcopy as Bishop of Killaloe and Kilfenora (1823–1828).

He died in Killaloe in County Clare and is buried in the church-yard of his cathedral there. Alexander had married twice: first, on 31 March 1798, Susanna Bingham, daughter of Mr Bingham of Antigua, West Indies; and secondly (in a service performed by the Archbishop of Tuam at St. Peter's Church, Aungier Street, Dublin), on 5 May 1819, Margaret Phoebe Bingham, daughter of General George Bingham (Alexander's first wife's uncle). Among his children were Major-General (hon.) George Bingham Arbuthnot (who had issue including Major-General George Alexander Arbuthnot), Sir Alexander John Arbuthnot and General Sir Charles George Arbuthnot.


  1. ^ His middle name may have been John

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