John Armstrong (archbishop of Armagh)

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John Ward Armstrong (30 September 1915 – 21 July 1987) was an Irish Anglican bishop. He was the Archbishop of Armagh from 1980 to 1986[1][2][3] having previously been the Bishop of Cashel and Waterford from 1968 to 1977, Bishop of Cashel and Ossory from 1977 to 1980 and the Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin from 1958 to 1968.[4]

Armstrong was born in Belfast and educated at the Belfast Royal Academy and Trinity College, Dublin. He was ordained in 1938 and his first position was at All Saints' Grangegorman.[5] He was the clerical vicar at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin[6] and then Dean’s Vicar at St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin until 1944. He was then rector of Christ Church, Leeson Park, Dublin until he became the Dean of St Patrick's.[7]


  1. ^ New Primate of Ireland surprised by choice, The Times, 26 February 1980; pg. 3; Issue 60560; col C
  2. ^ St Patrick's Cathedral website
  3. ^ E. B. Pryde; D. E. Greenway (23 February 1996). Handbook of British Chronology. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-56350-5. 
  4. ^ "A New History of Ireland” by Theodore William Moody, F. X. Martin, Francis John Byrne, Art Cosgrove: Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1976, ISBN 0-19-821745-5
  5. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory1947-48 Oxford, OUP, 1947
  6. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007, ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  7. ^ The Times, 21 November 1958; pg. 14; Issue 54314; col D, Ecclesiastical News Church Appointments
Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Cecil De Pauley
Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin
Succeeded by
Victor Gilbert Benjamin Griffin
Bishop of Cashel, Emly, Waterford and Lismore
Succeeded by
Noel Vincent Willoughby
Preceded by
George Otto Simms
Archbishop of Armagh
1980 – 1986
Succeeded by
Robin Henry Alexander Eames