Charles King Irwin

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The Right Reverend
Charles King Irwin
Bishop of Connor
In office 1945–1956
Other posts Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe (1934–1942)
Bishop of Down, Connor and Dromore (1942–1944)
Personal details
Born (1874-03-30)30 March 1874
Died 15 January 1960(1960-01-15) (aged 85)[1]
Nationality Irish
Denomination Church of Ireland
Spouse Louisa Jane née Royse
Alma mater The 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] At some point he became a Doctor of Divinity. 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