William Knox (bishop)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The Rt Rev William Knox (14 June 1762 - 10 July 1831) was Bishop of Killaloe and Kilfenora[1] from 1794 to 1803 when he was translated to Derry.[2]


He was the fourth son of Thomas Knox, 1st Earl of Ranfurly. At the age of about sixteen he entered Trinity College, Dublin, where in 1781 he graduated B.A. In 1786 he became rector of Pomeroy in the diocese of Armagh, after which he obtained the rectory of Callan in the diocese of Ossory, and became chaplain to the Irish House of Commons.[3]

On 21 September 1794 Knox was consecrated bishop of Killaloe in St Peter's Church, Dublin, by the Archbishop of Dublin, assisted by the Bishops of Limerick and Kilmore. In 1803 he was translated to the see of Derry, where he was enthroned on 9 September of that year.[3]

He died on 10 July 1831.[4] He published sermons.[3]


Knox married in 1785 Anne, daughter of James Spencer, by whom he had twelve children, eight daughters and four sons. His eldest son, James Spencer Knox, D.D., was father of Thomas George Knox. George, the third son (1799–1881), was lieutenant-colonel in the Coldstream guards.[3]


  1. ^ of "The reliquary and illustrated archæologist: a quarterly journal and review devoted to the study of the early pagan and Christian antiquities of Great Britain " Smith,J.R: London BEMROSE AND SONS 1892
  2. ^ Bebo
  3. ^ a b c d  "Knox, William (1762-1831)" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  4. ^ “Handbook of British Chronology” By Fryde, E. B;. Greenway, D.E;Porter, S; Roy, I: Cambridge, CUP, 1996 ISBN 0-521-56350-X, 9780521563505

External links[edit]


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Knox, William (1762-1831)" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.

Church of Ireland titles
Preceded by
Thomas Barnard
Bishop of Killaloe and Kilfenora
Succeeded by
Charles Dalrymple Lyndsay
Preceded by
Frederick Hervey
Bishop of Derry
Succeeded by
Richard Ponsonby