Edward King (Bishop of Elphin)
King was an Englishman, a native of Huntingdonshire. His predecessor as bishop of Elphin, John Lynch, greatly impoverished the see by alienating properties and in 1611 resigned, declaring himself a Roman Catholic. During more than a quarter of a century as bishop, King was able to recover Lynch's alienations and much improved the revenue of the diocese. Dod's Peerage of 1848 says of him that "...his bishopric, which he found the poorest, he left one of the richest in all Ireland".
In 1638, King was offered the Archbishopric of Tuam, but "flatly refused". Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, Lord Deputy of Ireland, mentions him honourably in a letter to William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, calling him "truly a Royal bishop".
- Fryde, E. B., et al., Handbook of British Chronology (Cambridge University Press, 1996) p. 392
- Dod, Charles R., The Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage, of Great Britain and Ireland (1848) p. 279
- Haydn, Joseph, The Book of Dignities (London: Longmans, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1851) p. 483
- McCafferty, John, The Reconstruction of the Church of Ireland (Cambridge University Press, 2007) p. 145
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