James McCann (bishop)

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The Most Rev[1] James McCann, MA, PhD, DD, LLD, was a 20th-century Anglican Bishop.[2]

Born in Grantham on 31 October 1897 and educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, Queen’s University, Belfast and Trinity College, Dublin,[3] he was ordained in 1920. He held curacies at Ballymena, Ballyclare, Cavan and Oldcastle.

He was Rector of Donaghpatrick from 1930 to 1936 and of St Mary’s, Drogheda, from 1936 to 1945.[4] He was Bishop of Meath from 1945 to 1959, then Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland from 1959 to 1969. He died on 19 July 1983.[5]


  1. ^ Intriguingly he spent his whole Episcopal career as “The Most Rev” because by tradition the Premier Bishop of Ireland (Bishop of Meath) is so labelled > Debrett’s Correct Form Montague-Smith,P(Ed): London, Debrett’s,1992 ISBN 0-7472-0658-9
  2. ^ “A New History of Ireland” Moody,T.M;Martin,F.X;Byrne,F.J;Cosgrove,F:By Theodore William Moody, Francis X. Martin, Francis John Byrne, Art Cosgrove: Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-821745-5
  3. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory, 1940-41 Oxford, OUP, 1940
  5. ^ The Most Rev James McCann, The Times, Saturday, Jul 23, 1983; pg. 10; Issue 61592; col G.
Religious titles
Preceded by
William Hardy Holmes
Bishop of Meath
1945 – 1959
Succeeded by
Robert Bonsall Pike
Preceded by
John Allen Fitzgerald Gregg
Archbishop of Armagh
1959 – 1969
Succeeded by
George Otto Simms