Robert Boyd (bishop)

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Robert McNeil Boyd MC (12 February 1890 – 1 July 1958)[1] was the 11th Bishop of Killaloe, Kilfenora, Clonfert and Kilmacduagh from 1943[2] until 1945, when he was translated to Derry and Raphoe.[3]

Educated at St Andrew’s College and Trinity College, Dublin[4] and ordained in 1912, to the title of the assistant curacy of Fiddown. From 1915 to 1919 he was a Chaplain to the Forces during which he was awarded the Military Cross. He then held incumbencies at Ballingarry and Shinrone after which (1936 to 1945) he was Dean of St Flannan’s Cathedral, Killaloe, a post he held until his ordination to the episcopate. Boyd was elected Bishop of Derry and Raphoe on 18 March and confirmed on 20 March 1945.

His first wife died in 1955,[5] remarrying in 1957.[6]


  1. ^ The Times, Thursday, Jul 03, 1958; pg. 14; Issue 54193; col A The Bishop Of Derry And Raphoe
  2. ^ “Handbook of British Chronology” By Fryde, E. B;. Greenway, D.E;Porter, S; Roy, I: Cambridge, CUP, 1996 ISBN 052156350X, 9780521563505
  3. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory1947-48 Oxford, OUP,1947
  4. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 9780199540877
  5. ^ Headstones: DUBLIN, St. Brigids, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin Nos. 1 – 125
  6. ^ Marriages: The Rt Rev Robert McNeil Bird and Miss Molly Buchanan The Times Friday, Apr 26, 1957; pg. 12; Issue 53825; col B
Church of Ireland titles
Preceded by
Henry Patton
Bishop of Killaloe and Clonfert
Succeeded by
Hedley Webster
Preceded by
Joseph Peacocke
Bishop of Derry and Raphoe
Succeeded by
Charles Tyndall