William Preston (bishop)

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William Preston

William Preston, D.D. (1729 – 19 April 1789) was an 18th-century Anglican bishop in Ireland.[1][2][3]


He was son of John Preston of Hincaster, Westmorland, by his third wife Ann.[3] Educated at Heversham Grammar School, he was admitted a sizar at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1749, aged 19, and graduated B.A. in 1753, M.A. in 1756. He became a Fellow of Trinity in 1755, and was rector of Ockham, Surrey from 1764 to 1784, giving up his fellowship in 1765.[2][4]

Preston spent some time as a chaplain to Philip Yonge, the bishop of Norwich. He then went to Vienna, as chaplain to Lord Stormont there. He acted as diplomat, British chargé d'affaires in Naples where he had moved for his health, in the absence of Sir William Hamilton.[5] He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1778.[6]

Becoming chaplain and secretary to Charles Manners, 4th Duke of Rutland, Preston was nominated as Bishop of Killala and Achonry on 13 October 1784, and consecrated on 11 November that year. Translated to Ferns and Leighlin on 9 November 1787, he died in Dublin on 19 April 1789 and was buried at Ferns Cathedral.[7][8]


  1. ^ Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
  2. ^ a b "Preston, William (PRSN748W)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ a b Burke, John (1836). "Alterations and Additions". A genealogical and heraldic history of the commoners of Great Britain and Ireland enjoying territorial possessions or high official rank, but uninvested with heritable honours. 1. London: H. Colburn. p. viii – via Internet Archive. 
  4. ^ Ge Atkinson (1851). The Worthies of Westmorland. or. notable Persons born in that Country since the Reformation. T. Rufel Smilh. pp. 176–7. 
  5. ^ John Bowyer Nichols (1848). Illustrations Of The Literary History of The Eighteenth Century. p. 462. 
  6. ^ "The Record of the Royal Society of London". Internet Archive. London, Printed for the Royal Society. 1901. p. 286. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  7. ^ Henry Cotton (1801). Fasti Ecclesiæ Hibernicæ: The Succession of the Prelates and Members of the Cathedral Bodies in Ireland. Hodges and Smith. pp. 76–7. 
  8. ^ "History of the Church of Ireland": Mant, R London, J. W. Parker, 1840
Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Cecil Pery
Bishop of Killala and Achonry
Succeeded by
John Law
Preceded by
Walter Cope
Bishop of Ferns and Leighlin
Succeeded by
Euseby Cleaver