Euseby Cleaver

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The Most Reverend
Euseby Cleaver
Archbishop of Dublin
and Bishop of Glendalough
Euseby Cleaver by George Romney.jpg
Diocese Dublin and Glendalough
Installed 1809
Term ended 1819
Predecessor The Earl of Normanton
Successor Lord John Beresford
Other posts Bishop of Dromore
Bishop of Cork and Ross
Bishop of Ferns and Leighlin
Personal details
Born (1745-09-08)8 September 1745
Twyford, Buckinghamshire
Died 10 February 1819(1819-02-10) (aged 73)
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Nationality English
Denomination Church of Ireland
Spouse Catherine Wynne
Education Westminster School
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford

Euseby Cleaver (8 September 1745 – 10 December 1819) was the Church of Ireland Bishop of Ferns and Leighlin (1789–1809) in Ireland and subsequently Archbishop of Dublin (1809-1819).


He was of Buckinghamshire origin, the younger son of the Reverend William Cleaver, who ran a school at Twyford, and his wife Martha Lettice Lushden. He was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford, graduating B.A. in 1767, M.A. in 1770, B.D. and D.D. in 1783.[1]

In 1774, he was presented to the rectory of Spofforth, North Yorkshire, which he held till 1783, when Lord Egremont, whose tutor he had been, presented him to the rectories of Tillington, West Sussex and Petworth. He was Bishop of Dromore, then in 1789 briefly Bishop of Cork and Ross, before in 1789 being translated to Ferns and Leighlin.[1]

During the 1798 insurrection in Ireland his palace in Ferns was ransacked and Cleaver was obliged to take refuge in Beaumaris, Anglesey which was in his brother, William Cleaver's diocese of Bangor, Gwynedd, where he lived at what is now the Bishopsgate Hotel.[2][1]

His exercise of the Archbishopric of Dublin was cut short for reasons of alleged insanity.[1] He appears to have favoured the use of the Irish language.


He married Catherine Wynne of Hazelwood, County Sligo, by whom he had several children, including William, Frances and Caroline; Caroline married Admiral James William KIng, and was the mother of the prominent evangelist Catherine King Pennefather. The Archbishop's wife died on 1 May 1816. His brother William Cleaver was successively bishop of Chester and (1800) bishop of Bangor.[1]



 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainCooper, Thompson (1887). "Cleaver, Euseby". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography. 11. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 22.