Michael Tregury

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The tomb of Michael Tregury
Styles of
Michael Tregury
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Grace
Religious style Archbishop
Posthumous style none

Michael Tregury, in French Michel Trégore or Trégorre, was born in the parish of St Wenn in Cornwall. He was educated at the University of Oxford, and was at some time Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. He was Archdeacon of Barnstaple from 1445 to 1449. He was consecrated in St. Patrick's church and was Archbishop of Dublin from 1450 to 1471[1]

He was chaplain to Henry VI and a distinguished scholar. He became the first rector of the University of Caen in 1439[2] · [3] before becoming Archbishop of Dublin.[4]

In 1451 more than fifty people from his diocese went to Rome to celebrate the jubilee then promulgated by Pope Nicholas V. Those who returned safe in 1453, brought the sad news that Constantinople was taken by the Turks, and the Emperor Palaiologos slain. The Archbishop Michael was so afflicted at the news that he proclaimed a fast to be observed strictly throughout his diocese for three successive days, and granted indulgences to those who observed it, he himself walking in procession before his clergy to Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, and clothed in sackcloth and ashes.

In 1453 he was taken prisoner in Dublin Bay by pirates, who were carrying off some ships from the harbor of Dublin. They were pursued to Ardglass, in County Down; five hundred and twenty of them were slain and the prelate released.

Having presided over his see for twenty years, he died on the 21st of December, 1471, at a very advanced age, in the manor-house of Tallaght, which he had previously repaired. His remains were conveyed to Dublin attended by the clergy and citizens, and were buried in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin.[5]


He was buried in Dublin and his epitaph reads..

Preasul Metropolis Michael hic Dublinenus
Marmore tumbatus, pro me Christum flagitetis

which translates as

Here's Michael the Prelate of Dublin See,
In Marble intomb'd, invoke Christ for me..


  1. ^ Archbishop of Dublin & Glendalough – United Diocese of Dublin & Glendalough Website
  2. ^ Amédée de Bourmont, « Fondation de l'Université de Caen et son organisation au XVe siècle » in Bulletin de la Société des antiquaires de Normandie, Caen, Le Blanc-Hardel, 1884, tome XII, p. 373
  3. ^ Eugène Chatel, « Liste des Recteurs de l'Université de Caen dressée d'après leurs signatures sur les registres des rectories et autres documents conservés aux Archives du Calvados » in Bulletin de la Société des Antiquaires de Normandie, Caen, 1883, tome XI, pp. 75–128
  4. ^ 15
  5. ^ History of the Irish Hierarchy By Thomas Walsh page 119 (1854)
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Richard Talbot
Archbishop of Dublin
Succeeded by
John Walton