Robert King (church historian)

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Robert King (1815–4 Jan 1900) was an Irish clergyman and school teacher who published extensively on church history.[1][2][3]

Life and Career[edit]

King was born in Cork City, the eldest son of Sarah King (her married and maiden name) and Joseph King (grocer and naval supplier).[3] He attended Trinity College Dublin where he was elected a Scholar in 1835.[4] He was a Senior Moderator (with Gold Medal) BA in mathematics 1838, also winning prizes in Hebrew and Divinity.[4][3] He held various positions for the first 20 years of his career, including serving as a curate in counties Dublin, Londonderry and Armagh. From 1858 until his death he was headmaster of the diocesan school in Ballymena, Antrim.[3][1]

His numerous publications include A Primer of the History of the Holy Catholic Church in Ireland (3 volumes, 1849-1855) and a memoir on the early history of the primacy of Armagh (1854). He was also an Irish language scholar, and authored several books in Irish, including a grammar and a reedited version of the Book of Common Prayer in Irish (1860).[3][1][2]

In 1857 he married Harriette Stuart (daughter of Alexander Stuart, rector of Killincoole, Armagh). The couple had nine sons, of whom Richard King became dean of Derry.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Robert King Dictionary of Ulster Biography
  2. ^ a b King, Robert (1815-1900)
  3. ^ a b c d e f King, Robert by Linde Lunney in Dictionary of Irish Biography
  4. ^ a b Burtchaell, G. D., and Sadleir, T. U. (eds), Alumni Dublinensis: A Register of the Students, Graduates, Professors and Provosts of Trinity College in the University of Dublin, 1593–1860 (Dublin, 1935), p. 469