Arthur Barton (bishop)

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Arthur William Barton DD (1 June 1881 – 22 September 1962) was a Church of Ireland clergyman, from 1939 Archbishop of Dublin.

Early life[edit]

Born in 1881, the son of the Rev. Arthur Robinson Barton (1846–1900) and his wife Anne Jane Hayes, Barton had three sisters and an older brother, Samuel (1876–1908), who died at sea.

Barton was educated at Wynyard School, Watford (which was notorious for its harsh discipline),[1] and Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated Bachelor of Divinity.[2]


On 31 March 1914 Barton was instituted as Rector of St Mark's, Dundela, Belfast, remaining there until 1925,[2] and married Zoe Dorothy Victoria Cosgrave a few weeks after his arrival, on 21 April 1914. This was the home parish of C. S. Lewis, who attended Barton's old school in Watford.[1] Lewis referred affectionately to Barton in his autobiography.

On 4 April 1930, he was elected Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh, and on 15 February 1939 was translated to become Archbishop of Dublin.[1][3]

Barton's son Arthur Henry Barton OBE RN (1916–2006) was a playwright, author and broadcaster, who created the BBC Radio character Mr Mooney.[4]


  • Further Instructed: talks to a Confirmation class (1943)


  1. ^ a b c Lewis, C. S., They Stand Together: The Letters of C. S. Lewis to Arthur Greeves (1914-1963), p. 74
  2. ^ a b Hayes, E. C., Annals and Archives Archived July 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. (1932) at
  3. ^ Moody, Theodore William, A New History of Ireland, p. 406
  4. ^ The Southern Gazette Obituaries - December 2006 at
Religious titles
Preceded by
John Allen Fitzgerald Gregg
Archbishop of Dublin
Succeeded by
George Otto Simms