Charles Dickinson (bishop)

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The Most Reverend Charles Dickinson DD, PC (August 1792 – 12 July 1842), was an Anglican bishop in the Church of Ireland and Privy Councillor.[1][2]

Born in Cork in August 1792, he was the son of Charles Dickenson, a brazier, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he obtained scientific and classical prizes, and was in 1813 elected scholar before being ordained in 1818. At Dublin he was close a friend of Charles Wolfe and Hercules Henry Graves (1794–1817), brother of Robert James Graves. His tutor, Thomas Meredith, "reckoned by many as the best lecturer and tutor of his time in college, was so impressed with the manly talents of his pupil (Dickenson), that he urged him to direct his thoughts to the Bar, as the certain road to speedy and high advancement".[3] Nonetheless, he pursued a career in the church and his first post was at Castleknock after which he was Chaplain of the Dublin Female Orphan Home(Kirwan House).[4] In 1832 he became Chaplain to the Archbishop of Dublin and the following year the incumbent at St. Ann's Church, Dawson Street.[5] He became Bishop of Meath[6] in 1840[7] and died in post on 12 July 1842.[8]


  1. ^ “A New History of Ireland”, Moody, T.M; Martin, F.X; Byrne, F.J; Cosgrove, F: Oxford Oxford University Press, 1976, ISBN 0-19-821745-5
  2. ^ ”Fasti ecclesiae Hibernicae : the succession of the prelates and members of the Cathedral bodies of Ireland” Cotton, H: Dublin, Hodges,1848
  3. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  4. ^ Library Ireland
  5. ^ Church website
  6. ^ News Freeman's Journal and Daily Commercial Advertiser (Dublin, Ireland), Monday, December 28, 1840; Issue N/A
  7. ^ “History of the Diocese of Meath”, Healy, J., Dublin, Association for promoting Christian Knowledge, 1908
  8. ^ IRELAND. The Bradford Observer; and Halifax, Huddersfield, and Keighley Reporter (Bradford, England), Thursday, July 21, 1842; pg. 2; Issue 442. (477 words). 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II
Religious titles
Preceded by
Nathaniel Alexander
Bishop of Meath
1840 – 1842
Succeeded by
Edward Adderly Stopford