Charles King Irwin

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Charles King Irwin
Bishop of Connor
In office1945–1956
Other postsBishop of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe (1934–1942)
Bishop of Down, Connor and Dromore (1942–1944)
Personal details
Born(1874-03-30)30 March 1874
Died15 January 1960(1960-01-15) (aged 85)[1]
DenominationChurch of Ireland
SpouseLouisa Jane née Royse
Alma materThe Royal School, Armagh; Trinity College, Dublin

Charles King Irwin (also Irvine; 30 March 1874 – 15 January 1960) was an eminent Irish clergyman [2] in the middle third of the 20th century.[3]

Born on 30 March 1874 into an eminent ecclesiastical family,[4] he was ordained in 1898[5] and began his career with a curacy at Brantry,[6] after which he was Vicar of Derrynoose and then Middletown. Promotion to be Archdeacon of Armagh followed,[7] (his father, Charles King Irwin, also held that role) after which he was elevated to the Episcopate as the Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe.[8] Like all Church of Ireland bishops he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity by Trinity College Dublin.]]. Translated to Down, Connor and Dromore in 1942.[9] He relinquished the bishopric of Down and Dromore, but retained that of Connor when the diocese was split on 1 January 1945.[10] He retired on 31 May 1956[11] and died on 15 January 1960.


  1. ^ Obituary Rt. Rev. C. K. Irwin Formerly Bishop Of Connor The Times Monday, Jan 18, 1960; pg. 14; Issue 54671; col D
  2. ^ Fryde, E. B; Greenway, D. E; Porter, S; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third Edition, revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
  3. ^ "A New History of Ireland" Moody, T.M; Martin, F.X; Byrne, F.J; Cosgrove, F:Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0198217455
  4. ^ The Times, Friday, Feb 16, 1894; pg. 8; Issue 34189; col C Ecclesiastical Intelligence New Archdeacon of Armagh The Rt Rev Charles Irwine
  5. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, John Phillips, 1900
  6. ^ "Who was Who"1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 071363457X
  7. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory1940-41 Oxford, OUP, 1941
  8. ^ The Times, Friday, Feb 16, 1934; pg. 17; Issue 46680; col D Ecclesiastical News New Irish Bishop
  9. ^ Ecclesiastical News New Bishop Of Down The Times Friday, Aug 07, 1942; pg. 7; Issue 49308; col C
  10. ^ Irish Diocese to be divided The Times, Saturday, Dec 09, 1944; pg. 2; Issue 50012; col E
  11. ^ Bishop of Connor to retire The Times, Friday, Jun 29, 1956; pg. 6; Issue 53570; col D.
Church of Ireland titles
Preceded by
Harry Vere White
Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe
1934 – 1942
Succeeded by
Evelyn Hodges
Preceded by
John MacNeice
Bishop of Down, Connor and Dromore
1942 – 1944
Succeeded by
Diocese divided
Preceded by
first separate bishop since before the Reformation
Bishop of Connor
1945 – 1956
Succeeded by
Cyril Elliott