Charles Agar, 1st Earl of Normanton

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Charles Agar, 1st Earl of Normanton, Archbishop of Dublin.

Charles Agar, 1st Earl of Normanton (22 December 1736 – 14 July 1809), was an Anglo-Irish Protestant clergyman. He served as Archbishop of Dublin from 1801 to 1809.[1]

Agar was the third son of Henry Agar of Gowran in County Kilkenny and his wife Anne Ellis, daughter of the Most Reverend Welbore Ellis, Bishop of Meath. James Agar, 1st Viscount Clifden was his elder brother and Welbore Ellis, 1st Baron Mendip his maternal uncle. Agar served as Dean of Kilmore (1765–1768)[2] and Bishop of Cloyne (1768–1779).[3][4] In 1779 he was admitted to the Irish Privy Council and appointed Archbishop of Cashel,[5][6] which was an archbishopric until 1838, an office he held until 1801, and was then Archbishop of Dublin from 1801 to 1809.[7][8] Agar is known to have held particularly marked Calvinistic positions.

In 1794 Agar was raised to the Peerage of Ireland as Baron Somerton.[9] In 1801 he was created Viscount Somerton[9] and in 1806 he was even further honoured when he was made Earl of Normanton.[10] These titles were also in the Peerage of Ireland. From 1800 to 1809 he sat in the House of Lords as one of the 28 original Irish Representative Peers.[11]

Lord Normanton died in July 1809, aged 72, and was succeeded in his secular titles by his son Welbore Ellis Agar. He is buried in the north transept of Westminster Abbey.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Charles Agar, 1st Earl of Normanton. thePeerage.com. Retrieved on 26 August 2009.
  2. ^ Cotton, Henry (1849). The Succession of the Prelates and Members of the Cathedral Bodies of Ireland. Fasti ecclesiae Hiberniae. Vol. 3, The Province of Ulster. Dublin: Hodges and Smith. p. 174. 
  3. ^ Cotton, Henry (1851). The Succession of the Prelates and Members of the Cathedral Bodies of Ireland. Fasti ecclesiae Hiberniae. Vol. 1, The Province of Munster (2nd Edition, corrected and englarged ed.). Dublin: Hodges and Smith. p. 302. 
  4. ^ Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 385. ISBN 0-521-56350-X. 
  5. ^ Cotton, ibid., Vol. 1, The Province of Munster, p. 22.
  6. ^ Fryde, ibid., p. 381.
  7. ^ Cotton, Henry (1848). The Succession of the Prelates and Members of the Cathedral Bodies of Ireland. Fasti ecclesiae Hiberniae. Vol. 2, The Province of Leinster. Dublin: Hodges and Smith. p. 27. 
  8. ^ Fryde, ibid., p. 391.
  9. ^ a b Somerton. Leigh Rayment. Retrieved on 26 August 2009.
  10. ^ Normanton. Leigh Rayment. Retrieved on 26 August 2009.
  11. ^ Representative Peers - Ireland. Leigh Rayment. Retrieved on 26 August 2009.
  12. ^ "CHARLES AGAR, EARL OF NORMANTON". Westminster Abbey. 
  • Malcolmson, A.P.W. (2002). Archbishop Charles Agar: Churchmanship and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Ireland, 1760-1810. Dublin: Four Courts Press. ISBN 1-85182-694-7. 
Church of Ireland titles
Preceded by
Frederick Augustus Hervey
Bishop of Cloyne
1768–1779
Succeeded by
George Chinnery
Preceded by
Michael Cox
Archbishop of Cashel
1779–1801
Succeeded by
Charles Broderick
Preceded by
Robert Fowler
Archbishop of Dublin
1801–1809
Succeeded by
Euseby Cleaver
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Earl of Normanton
1806–1809
Succeeded by
Welbore Ellis Agar
Viscount Somerton
1801–1809
Baron Somerton
1794–1809