|The Right Reverend
|Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe|
|Church||Church of Ireland|
|Installed||22 May 1794|
|Term ended||7 June 1806|
|Predecessor||William Cecil Pery|
|Successor||Charles Mongan Warburton|
|Consecration||20 February 1780
by Charles Agar
|Born||1726 or 1728|
|Died||7 June 1806
Wimbledon, Surrey, England
|Denomination||Church of England|
|Previous post||Bishop of Killaloe and Kilfenora|
|Education||Leeds grammar School and Westminster School|
|Alma mater||Corpus Christi College, Oxford|
Born in 1726 or 1728, he was the eldest son of Dr. William Barnard, Bishop of Raphoe (later of Derry). He was educated at Westminster School, where he was admitted a King's Scholar in 1741, but he almost certainly spent some time at Leeds Grammar School. Later he went up to Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and was awarded with a Bachelor of Arts in 1756, Master of Arts in 1760 and Bachelor of Divinity in 1769.
He was successively Vicar of Maghera (1751–1760), Archdeacon of Derry (1760–1769), and Dean of Derry (1769–1780). He was nominated Bishop of Killaloe and Kilfenora by King George III on 29 January 1780 and consecrated bishop at the Chapel Royal in Dublin Castle on 20 February 1780. The principal consecrator was Charles Agar, Archbishop of Cashel, and the principal co-consecrators were William Newcome, Bishop of Waterford and Lismore and Isaac Mann, Bishop of Cork and Ross. Fourteen years later, he was translated to the bishopric of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe; having been nominated to the see on 14 August 1794 and by letters patent on 12 September 1794.
He was a member of the Literary Club, and well known as the friend of Samuel Johnson, Oliver Goldsmith, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Edmund Burke, Bishop Thomas Percy, and other literary characters of his day.
- Cotton 1851, The Province of Munster, p. 472.
- Cooper 1885, Dictionary of National Biography, volume 3, p. 241.
- Cotton 1851, The Province of Munster, p. 390.
- Cotton 1849, The Province of Ulster, p. 338.
- Cotton 1849, The Province of Ulster, p. 334.
- Fryde et al. 1996, Handbook of British Chronology, p. 397.
- Fryde et al. 1996, Handbook of British Chronology, p. 401.
- Cotton 1851, The Province of Munster, p. 391.
- Cooper, Thompson (1885). "Barnard, Thomas". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography. 3. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
- Cotton, Henry (1851). The Province of Munster. Fasti Ecclesiae Hiberniae: The Succession of the Prelates and Members of the Cathedral Bodies of Ireland. Volume 1 (2nd ed.). Dublin: Hodges and Smith.
- Cotton, Henry (1849). The Province of Ulster. Fasti Ecclesiae Hiberniae: The Succession of the Prelates and Members of the Cathedral Bodies of Ireland. Volume 3. Dublin: Hodges and Smith.
- Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I., eds. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Reprinted 2003, 3rd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
|Church of Ireland titles|
Philip Sydney Smythe
|Dean of Derry
William Cecil Pery
|Bishop of Killaloe and Kilfenora
William Cecil Pery
|Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe
Charles Mongan Warburton