Thomas Graves (priest)

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Thomas Ryder Graves (1745-1828) was a clergyman in the Church of Ireland during the 18th century.[1]

He was the elder brother of Richard Graves, Dean of Ardagh; the grandfather of Charles Graves, Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe; and, the ancestor of the author Robert Graves and the playwright Clotilde Graves. He was educated at Kilkenny College before entering Trinity College, Dublin. He was Dean of Ardfert from 1785 to 1802[2] when he became Dean of Connor,[3] which office he held until 1811.[4] His eldest son, Major-General James William Graves (1774-1845), fought at the Battle of Waterloo.


  1. ^ "History of the Church of Ireland: From the revolution to the union of the Churches of England and Ireland, January 1, 1801" Mant, R: London, J.W. Parker, 1840
  2. ^ “A New History of Ireland” Moody,T.W; Martin,F.X; Byrne,F.J;Cosgrove,A: Oxford, OUP, 1976 ISBN 0-19-821745-5
  3. ^ “Handbook of British Chronology” By Fryde, E. B;. Greenway, D.E;Porter, S; Roy, I: Cambridge, CUP, 1996 ISBN 0-521-56350-X, 9780521563505
  4. ^ "Fasti ecclesiæ hibernicæ: the succession of the prelates in Ireland" Cotton,H Dublin, Hodges & Smith, 1860
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Office in abeyance
Dean of Ardfert
Succeeded by
Gilbert Holmes
Preceded by
Richard Dobbs
Dean of Connor
Succeeded by
Theophilus Blakeley