John Kearney (bishop)

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John Kearney
John Kearney
Portrait by William Cuming[1]
Dublin, Ireland
Died22 May 1813 (age 71)
Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny

John Kearney, D.D. (c.1742–1813) was the Church of Ireland Bishop of Ossory from 1806 to 1813.[2]

Born c. 1742 in Dublin, the son of a barber-surgeon, Kearney was elected a Scholar of Trinity College Dublin in 1760 and a Fellow in 1764. He held the Chair of Oratory from 1781 until his appointment as Provost in July 1799.[1] Kearney was nominated Bishop of Ossory on 4 January and appointed by letters patent on 20 January 1806. He was consecrated at Trinity College Chapel on 2 February 1806, by Charles Agar, Archbishop of Dublin, assisted by Charles Lindsay, Bishop of Kildare and Nathaniel Alexander, Bishop of Down and Connor. Kearney died in office at Kilkenny on 22 May 1813.[3]

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in May 1806.[4]

An oil on canvas painting of him by William Cuming exists.[1]

He was a great-great-great grand uncle of Barack Obama.[5]


  1. ^ a b c John Kearney. Trinity College Website, Retrieved on 13 September 2009.
  2. ^ Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 404. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
  3. ^ Cotton, Henry (1848). The Succession of the Prelates and Members of the Cathedral Bodies of Ireland. Fasti ecclesiae Hiberniae. Vol. 2, The Province of Leinster. Dublin: Hodges and Smith. p. 290.
  4. ^ "Library and Archive Catalogue". The Royal Society. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  5. ^ "Underground Ireland: our country's hidden structures". Retrieved 20 March 2014.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Richard Murray
Provost of Trinity College Dublin
Succeeded by
George Hall
Church of Ireland titles
Preceded by
Hugh Hamilton
Bishop of Ossory
Succeeded by
Robert Fowler