Born in 1749, the eldest son of a Roman Catholic farmer, he was educated at the Catholic College of St Omer before converting to Anglicanism. Ordained a priest in 1773, he was entered on the books of Trinity College, Cambridge as a ten-year man the same year.
His ecclesiastical career began with a college living at Grendon, Northamptonshire 1774-1776, following which he was a naval chaplain under Admiral Howe in 1776. In 1776 he preached in St. Paul's Church in New York City. Later he was Vicar of West Deeping 1779-1783 and chaplain and private secretary to the Duke of Portland 1782-1783.
Returning to his native Ireland he became the incumbent at Templemichael, from which post he ascended to the episcopate: He became Anglican bishop of Ossory in 1795, and in 1798 was transferred to the see of Meath.
He died on 17 February 1823.
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- Genealogical Web site
- "O'Beirne, Thomas Lewis (OBN773TL)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1900). "O'Beirne, Thomas Lewis". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.
- ‘O’Beirne , Thomas Lewis (1749–1823)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Davenport-Hines,R. (Oxford, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004) ISBN 0-19-861411-X
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