Dean of Tuam
A dean is often the chief resident cleric of a cathedral or other collegiate church and the head of the chapter of canons. Some cathedral chapters are headed by Archpriests, Provosts or ( as in the mediaeval chapters of St David's and Llandaff until later reforms) a Precentor. If the cathedral or collegiate church has its own parish, the dean is now generally also rector of the parish. In the Church of Ireland dioceses of Clogher, Connor, and Dromore the roles are, however, often separated.
List of Deans (Pre-Reformation)
- 1230 - Máel Muire Ó Lachtáin. Became archbishop in 1236. "He undertook a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and committed an account of his travels to writing. He died at Athlone, shortly before Christmas, in the year 1249."
- 1282 - Constantine O'Dowd.
- 133? - Philip Hanlain, died 19 June 1339.
- 1339 - Denis Mac Áeda, son of Aedh Mac Áeda, succeeded. Possibly kinsman of Máel Sechlain Mac Áeda.
- 1394 - James.
- 1399 - James Caer, Carr, possibly the same person
- 1523 - Thomas.
List of Deans (Church of Ireland)
- 1558–1573 - William O'Mullally (afterwards Archbishop of Tuam 1573)
- 1573 - Edward Browne
- ?1604–1605 - Richard Boyle
- 1609–1610 - Abel Walsh
- 1625–?1637 - Thomas Peyton
- 1638? - John King
- 1661 - William Buchanan
- 1669–1686 - James Wilson
- 1686–1712 - Robert Echlin (murdered 1712)
- 1712 - John Hinton and/or Thomas Butler.
- 1716 - William White? (also Dean of Kilfenora 1716)
- 1724 - Jonathan Bruce? (also Dean of Kilfenora 1724)
- ?–1743 __ Hinton
- 1743–1756 - Isaac Gervais
- 1756–1759 - Robert Johnson (afterwards Bishop of Cloyne 1759)
- 1759–1775 - Daniel le Tablere
- 1775–1782 - Robert Clarke
- 1782–1807 - Joshua Berkeley
- 1807–1808 - James Mahon (afterwards Dean of Dromore 1808)
- 1809–1810 - John William Keatinge (afterwards Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral 1810)
- 1810–1813 - Richard Bourne (afterwards Chancellor of Armagh, 1813)
- 1813–1849 - Thomas Carter
- 1850–1867 - Hon Robert Plunket
- 1867–1878 - Charles Henry Seymour
- 1879–1898 - William Chambers Townsend
- 1898–1904 - Andrew C. Tait
- 1904–1917 - John Geddes
- 1917-1923 – John Orr (afterwards Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry 1923)
- c1955– Joseph Jackson
- 1966–1981 Walter Cyril Spence
- 1981–1993 William James Grant
- 1993–1996 Anthony Previté
- 1997–1999 Ian Deighton Corbett
- 2000–present Alistair Grimason
The Chapter of St Mary's Cathedral, Tuam consists, in addition to the Dean: a Provost, Denis Sandes (since 2010); an Archdeacon, Gary Hastings (since 2007), and the Prebendaries of Balla, held by the Provost (since 2010); of Faldown & Kilmainmore, held by the Archdeacon; of Kilmeen & Kilmoylan, Doris Clements (since 2011); of Taghsaxon & Laccagh, Maureen Ryan (2005); and of Killybegs, which is vacant.
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