Bishop of Killaloe and Kilfenora

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The Bishop of Killaloe and Kilfenora was the Ordinary of the Church of Ireland diocese of Killaloe and Kilfenora in the Province of Cashel; comprising all of County Clare and the northern part of County Tipperary, Republic of Ireland.

The Episcopal see was a union of the bishoprics of Killaloe and Kilfenora which were united in 1752. Under the Church Temporalities (Ireland) Act 1833, Killaloe & Kilfenora combined with Clonfert & Kilmacaduagh to form the united bishopric of Killaloe and Clonfert in 1834.[1]

List of Bishops of Killaloe and Kilfenora[edit]

Bishops of Killaloe and Kilfenora
From Until Incumbent Notes
1752 1771 Nicholas Synge, D.D. hitherto separate Bishop of Killaloe; died 19 January 1771; his father was Edward Synge, Archbishop of Tuam and his brother was Edward Synge, Bishop of Elphin
1771 1779 Robert Fowler, D.D. nominated 13 June and consecrated 28 July 1771; translated to Dublin 8 January 1779
1779 1780 George Chinnery, LL.D. previously Dean of Cork (1663–79); nominated 21 December 1778; consecrated 7 March 1779; translated to Cloyne 15 February 1780
1780 1794 Thomas Barnard, D.D. son of William Barnard, Bishop of Derry (1747–68); nominated 29 January 1780; consecrated 20 February 1780; translated to Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe 12 September 1794
1794 1803 Hon. William Knox, D.D. son of Thomas Knox, 1st Viscount Northland; chaplain to the House of Commons; nominated 14 August 1794; consecrated 21 September 1794; translated to Derry 9 September 1803; his brother Edmund Knox became Bishop of Killaloe and Kilfenora in 1831
1803 1804 Hon. Charles Dalrymple Lyndsay, D.D. third son of the 5th Earl of Balcarres; nominated 27 August 1803; consecrated 13 Nov 1803; translated to Kildare 14 May 1804
1804 Nathaniel Alexander, D.D. nephew of the 1st Earl of Caledon; translated from Clonfert and Kilmacduagh; nominated 15 May 1804; letters patent 22 May 1804; translated to Down and Connor 21 November 1804
1804 1820 Lord Robert Ponsonby Tottenham Loftus son of the 1st Marquess of Ely; formerly Precentor of Cashel (1798–1804); nominated 3 November and consecrated 16 December 1804; translated to Ferns and Leighlin 5 May 1820
1820 1823 Richard Mant, D.D. (Oxford) previously domestic chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury; nominated 10 April 1820; consecrated 7 May 1820; translated to Down and Connor 23 March 1823
1823 1828 Alexander Arbuthnot, D.D. previously Dean of Cloyne (1816–1823); nominated 13 March 1823; consecrated 11 May 1823; died at Killaloe 9 January 1828, aged 59
1828 1831 Hon. Richard Ponsonby, D.D. third son of the 1st Baron Ponsonby; previously Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin (1817–28); nominated 22 February and consecrated 16 March 1828; translated to Derry 21 September 1831
1831 1834 Hon. Edmund Knox, D.D. seventh son of Thomas, 1st Viscount Northland, and brother of William, Bishop of Killaloe and Kilfenora (1794–1803); previously Dean of Down (1817–31); nominated 23 September 1831; consecrated 9 October 1831; translated to Limerick 29 January 1834
In 1834, the see became part of the united bishopric of Killaloe and Clonfert.


  1. ^ a b Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (Third ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 396–398 and 400–401. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.