George Simms

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George Otto Simms (4 July 1910 – 15 November 1991) was an archbishop in the Church of Ireland.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born at Combermore House in Lifford, County Donegal, in the west of Ulster in Ireland. He also attended the Prior School in Lifford for a time. He went on to study at Trinity College, Dublin, after having attended Cheltenham College, a public school in the United Kingdom.

Clerical and scholarly career[edit]

He became a deacon in 1935 and a priest in 1936. He was appointed Dean of Cork in 1952; consecrated a bishop, he served as Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, 1952-56.

He was successively Archbishop of Dublin, from 1956 to 1969, and then Archbishop of Armagh, from 1969 to 1980. He was a scholar, and published research on the history of the Church of Ireland and on the Book of Kells.

The Most Rev. Dr George Otto Simms is interred with his wife, Mercy Felicia née Gwynn (1915–1998), in the cemetery attached to St. Maelruain's Church, Tallaght, County Dublin.


  • For Better, for Worse, 1945
  • The Book of Kells: a short description, 1950
  • (ed with E. H. Alton and P. Meyer) The Book of Kells (facsimile edn), Berne, 1951
  • The Bible in Perspective, 1953
  • Christ within Me, 1975
  • Irish Illuminated Manuscripts, 1980
  • In My Understanding, 1982
  • Tullow's Story, 1983
  • (with R. G. F. Jenkins) Pioneers and Partners, 1985
  • Angels and Saints, 1988
  • Exploring the Book of Kells, 1988
  • Brendan the Navigator, 1989
Religious titles
Preceded by
Arthur William Barton
Archbishop of Dublin
Succeeded by
Alan Alexander Buchanan
Preceded by
James McCann
Archbishop of Armagh
1969– 1980
Succeeded by
John Armstrong