Thomas O'Beirne

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The Right Reverend Thomas Lewis O'Beirne (1749 – 17 February 1823), was an Anglican bishop, Bishop of Ossory from 1795 to 1798[1] when he was translated to Meath.[2]


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.[3]

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.[3] In 1776 he preached in St. Paul's Church in New York City.[4] Later he was Vicar of West Deeping 1779-1783 and chaplain and private secretary to the Duke of Portland 1782-1783.[5]

Returning to his native Ireland he became the incumbent at Templemichael, from which post he ascended to the episcopate:[5] He became Anglican bishop of Ossory in 1795, and in 1798 was transferred to the see of Meath.[3]

He died on 17 February 1823.


  1. ^ “Handbook of British Chronology” By Fryde, E. B;. Greenway, D.E;Porter, S; Roy, I: Cambridge, CUP, 1996 ISBN 0-521-56350-X, 9780521563505
  2. ^ Genealogical Web site
  3. ^ a b c "O'Beirne, Thomas Lewis (OBN773TL)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  4. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainWilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1900). "O'Beirne, Thomas Lewis". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton. 
  5. ^ a b ‘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
Church of Ireland titles
Preceded by
William Beresford
Bishop of Ossory
Succeeded by
Hugh Hamilton
Preceded by
Henry Maxwell
Bishop of Meath
1798 –1823
Succeeded by
Nathaniel Alexander