Euseby Cleaver

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Euseby Cleaver (1746–1819) was the Church of Ireland Bishop of Ferns and Leighlin (1789–1809) in Ireland and subsequently Archbishop of Dublin (1809-).


Of Buckinghamshire origin, he was educated at Christ Church, Oxford. He graduated 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, Yorkshire, which he held till 1783, when Lord Egremont, whose tutor he had been, presented him to the rectories of Tillington and of 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,in his brother, William Cleaver's diocese (Bangor) where he lived at the Bishopsgate Hotel.[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.


His wife, by whom he had several children, died 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.