John Gregg (bishop of Cork)

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The Right Rev John Gregg MA, DD was a 19th-century Anglican Bishop[1]
he was born in 1798 near Ennis, County Clare, son of Richard Gregg, a small landowner, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He was ordained in 1822, and quickly gained a reputation as an eloquent preacher. He was Rector of Holy Trinity Dublin and then Archdeacon of Kildare before his elevation to the Episcopate as the Bishop of Cork in 1862.[2] As Bishop he is mainly remembered for overseeing the building of Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral, at an cost of over £100,000. He died in post on 26 May 1878[3]
He married Elizabeth Law and had six children. His son Robert and grandson, John[4] were also Bishops, and both became Archbishop of Armagh.

He published "A missionary visit to Achill and Erris..." in 1850.[5]


  1. ^ Cork, past and present
  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. ^ The Times, Monday, May 27, 1878; pg. 6; Issue 29265; col E Deaths”
  4. ^ Sir Shane Leslie Papers
  5. ^  "Gregg, John". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 
Church of Ireland titles
Preceded by
William Fitzgerald
Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross
1862– 1878
Succeeded by
Robert Samuel Gregg