Edmund Oldhall

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Edmund Oldhall (after 1390 – 1459 ) was an English-born cleric and judge in fifteenth-century Ireland. He was Bishop of Meath and acting Lord Chancellor of Ireland. He was a brother of the leading Yorkist statesman Sir William Oldhall.

He was the younger son of Sir Edmund Oldhall and Alice, daughter of Geoffrey de Fransham. The Oldhalls were substantial landowners in Norfolk, holding the manors of East Dereham, Bodney and Narford.

Edmund entered the Carmelite order and became Bishop of Meath in 1450. In 1451 Richard, Duke of York, the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland made his son Edmund, Earl of Rutland, Lord Chancellor of Ireland. Since Edmund was only eight years old he was required to act through a Deputy and the appointment was given to Bishop Oldhall,[1] no doubt through the influence of his brother William, who was Speaker of the House of Commons and a key associate of the Duke of York.[2] Edmund acted as deputy until 1454.

He died on 9 August 1459 at his official residence Ardbraccan and was buried in St. Mary's Church nearby . An impressive monument was erected to his memory, but was destroyed in the nineteenth century.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Flanagan J. Roderick Lives of the Lord Chancellors of Ireland Dublin 1870
  2. ^ Cogan, Anthony The Diocese of Meath, Ancient and Modern 3 Volumes John Fowler Dublin 1862-1870
  3. ^ Cogan Diocese of Meath