In May 1533 he expressed approval of Henry VIII's marriage with Anne Boleyn in a sermon preached before the King. In 1541 he became dean of Hereford, and in 1555 Queen Mary nominated him to the Archbishopric of Dublin, and in the same year he was appointed Lord Chancellor of Ireland. He acted as Lord Justice of Ireland during the absence from Ireland of the Lord Deputy of Ireland, the Earl of Sussex, in 1557.
On the accession of Elizabeth, Curwen at once accommodated himself to the new conditions by declaring himself a Protestant, and was continued in the office of Lord Chancellor. He was accused by the Archbishop of Armagh of serious moral delinquency, and his recall was demanded both by the Primate and Hugh Brady, Bishop of Meath. In 1567 Curwen resigned the see of Dublin and the office of Lord Chancellor, and was appointed Bishop of Oxford, but died the following year.
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- John Strype, Life and Acts of Archbishop Parker (3 vols, Oxford, 1824), and Memorials of Thomas Cranmer (2 vols, Oxford, 1840)
- John D'Alton, Memoirs of the Archbishops of Dublin (Dublin, 1838).
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Curwen, Hugh". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
Sir William FitzWilliam
as Lord Keeper
| Lord Chancellor and Lord Keeper of Ireland
1555–1558 (as Lord Chancellor)
1558–1559 (as Lord Keeper)
1559–1567 (as Lord Chancellor)
as Lord Chancellor
| Dean of Hereford
| Archbishop of Dublin
| Bishop of Oxford