Charles Cobbe

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The Most Reverend
Charles Cobbe
Archbishop of Dublin
and Primate of Ireland
Charles Cobbe by Francis Bindon.jpg
Archdiocese Dublin
Appointed 4 March 1743
Term ended 14 April 1765
Predecessor John Hoadly
Successor William Carmichael
Personal details
Born 1687
Died 14 April 1765(1765-04-14)
St. Sepulchre's, Dublin
Buried Donabate
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Dorothea Levinge
Education Winchester College
Alma mater Trinity College, Oxford

Charles Cobbe (Swarraton, 1686–1765) was Archbishop of Dublin from 1743 to 1765, and as such was Primate of Ireland.


He was the second son of Thomas Cobbe, Receiver General for County Southampton, and Veriana (née Chaloner) Cobbe of Swarraton, Winchester in Hampshire, England.[1][2] He was educated at Winchester College and Trinity College, Oxford.

Charles Cobbe's maternal grandfather James Chaloner had briefly been Governor of the Isle of Man in 1658–1660, before committing suicide by poison at the approach of Lord Fairfax's soldiers. In some sources Charles father Thomas Cobbe is also given the title Governor of the Isle of Man.[3][4] Charles's older brother was Colonel Richard Chaloner Cobbe.[5][6][7]

In 1730, Charles married Dorothea Levinge, widow of Sir John Rawdon Bt, of Moira, County Down. Dorothea had two sons by Sir John: John, later Earl of Moira; and Arthur Rawdon. Dorothea bore two more sons by Charles Cobbe: Charles (1731–1750); and Thomas (1733–1814).

Charles was founder[8] of the prominent Cobbe family in Ireland, and built the ancestral home Newbridge Estate outside Dublin between 1747 and 1752.

He died at St. Sepulchre's, Dublin, on 14 April 1765, and was buried at Donabate. [9]

Ecclesiastical career[edit]

Cobbe arrived in Ireland in August 1717 as chaplain to his cousin Charles Paulet, 2nd Duke of Bolton, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. By January the following year he was appointed Dean of Ardagh. In 1720, he was appointed to the Bishopric of Killala. By 1726 he was translated to the See of Dromore, and in 1731 he was promoted to the Bishopric of Kildare and the Deanery of Christ Church. He held this position until 10 March 1743 when he was enthroned as Archbishop of Dublin,[9] bringing him to fourth in precedence in the government of Ireland.


  1. ^ Clerics & connoisseurs: the Rev. Matthew Pilkington, the Cobbe ...; Alastair Laing, Nicholas Turner; English Heritage – 2001 "1750 Portrait of Charles Cobbe, as Bishop of Kildare, later Archbishop of Dublin (1686–1765) Oil on canvas, ... 1730 and had two sons, Charles and Thomas, the latter born in 1733, when Dorothea died, presumably in childbirth."
  2. ^ Country Life 2001 "The story begins with Charles Cobbe 1686–1765 ... In 1730, they were married, but only three years later Dorothea died, perhaps as a result of giving birth to her second Cobbe son, Thomas."
  3. ^ Publications of the Manx Society; Volume 24 1877 "James Chaloner was appointed Governor in 1658, and continued so until 1660. Lord Fairfax held the Island until the Restoration, 28th May, 1660. The death of Oliver Cromwell, on the 3d September 1658, was a great blow to the Commonwealth ..."
  4. ^ The Concise Encyclopedia of the Revolutions and Wars of England, ... – Page 103; Stephen C. Manganiello – 2004 "In 1652, Parliament granted Lord Fairfax, his wife's cousin, the Isle of Man. On August 17, 1652, Chaloner was appointed one of the three commissioners to settle Fairfax's affairs on the island. Later, he wrote the Short Treatise of the... Wood says that in March or April, 1660, messengers were sent from the Superior Power to take James Chaloner into custody, and to secure his castle for the use of His Majesty; "but he having received timely notice of their coming, dispatched away himself by poison"
  5. ^ Country Life Volume 178 1985 "Thomas Cobbe's father, Charles, was Archbishop of Dublin from 1742 until 1765, and his career is an interesting ... The Cobbes were originally a Hampshire family, with roots traceable back to the mid-15th century, but the first notable one was the archbishop's father, who was governor of the Isle of Man. Charles Cobbe was his fourth son."
  6. ^ A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain ...; Volume 1; Sir Bernard Burke, Ashworth Peter Burke – 1894 "Honor, dau. of Sir Richard Norton, of Rotherfield, 2nd bart, and had issue, Thomas Cobbe, Governor of the Isle of Man. m. Veriana, daughter of James Chaloner, MP during the Long Parliament, by his wife Ursula, dau. of Sir Philip Fairfax
  7. ^ Succession of clergy in the parishes of S. Bride, S. Michael le ... William George Carroll – 1884 "... our Incumbent, was son of Colonel Richard Chaloner Cobbe, who was eldest son of Thomas Cobbe, Governor of the Isle of Man, and representative of the family of Cobbe of Swararton, in the county of Southampton. Dr. Cobbe's son, Rev. ..."
  8. ^ Peadar Bates 2007
  9. ^ a b Cooper 1887.


 Cooper, Thompson (1887). "Cobbe, Charles". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography. 11. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 142. 

Religious titles
Preceded by
John Hoadly
Archbishop of Dublin
Succeeded by
William Carmichael
Preceded by
Welbore Ellis
Bishop of Kildare
Succeeded by
George Stone
Preceded by
Ralph Lambert
Bishop of Dromore
Succeeded by
Henry Maule
Preceded by
Henry Dowes
Bishop of Killala and Achonry
Succeeded by
Robert Howard