William Smyth (Irish bishop)

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William Smyth was a seventeenth century Anglican bishop in Ireland.[1]

He was the ancestor of the prominent landowning family of Barbavilla Manor, Collinstown, County Westmeath.[2]

Smyth was born in County Antrim, son of Ralph Smyth, who had settled in Ireland c.1630 and acquired lands in Antrim and County Down. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin.[3] He was appointed Treasurer of Armagh in 1667;[4] and a prebendary of Derry in 1670.[5] He was Dean of Dromore from 1673 to 1681.[6] He became Bishop of Killala and Achonry in 1681[7] but translated to Raphoe a year later.[8] He spent 12 years at Raphoe before being translated again to Kilmore.[9] He died on 24 February 1699 and was buried at St Peter, Dublin.[10]

He married in 1672 Mary Povey, daughter of Sir John Povey, Lord Chief Justice of Ireland, and Elizabeth Folliott. They had three sons and four daughters.[11]

He acquired large estates in County Westmeath. Some of these were inherited by his eldest son Ralph, a barrister of Grays Inn, who spent much of his life in England, but Ranaghan and Collinstown passed to his third son William. The family home, Barbavilla Manor, belonged to the Smythe family for two centuries.[12]

His episcopal papers are a valuable source of information on the Church of Ireland after 1660, and in particular on his conflict with the Presbyterian Church in County Cavan.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A New History of Ireland" T. W. Moody, F. X. Martin, F.J. Byrne and Cosgrove, A: Oxford, OUP, 1976 ISBN 0-19-821745-5
  2. ^ National Librabry of Ireland Collection List No. 120 "Papers of the Family of Smyth of Barbavilla
  3. ^ "Alumni Dublinenses : a register of the students, graduates, professors and provosts of Trinity College in the University of Dublin (1593–1860)Burtchaell,G.D/Sadlier,T.U p767: Dublin, Alex Thom and Co, 1935
  4. ^ "Fasti Ecclesiae Hibernicae: The succession of the prelates Volume 3" Cotton,H. p358 Dublin, Hodges & Smith, 1848–1878
  5. ^ "Fasti Ecclesiae Hibernicae: The succession of the prelates Volume 3 " Cotton,H. p341/2 Dublin, Hodges & Smith, 1848–1878
  6. ^ "Fasti Ecclesiae Hibernicae: The succession of the prelates Volume 3 " Cotton,H. p292 Dublin, Hodges & Smith, 1848–1878
  7. ^ "Fasti Ecclesiae Hibernicae: The succession of the prelates Volume 4 " Cotton,H. p71 Dublin, Hodges & Smith, 1848–1878
  8. ^ "Fasti Ecclesiae Hibernicae: The succession of the prelates Volume 3" Cotton,H. p351 Dublin, Hodges & Smith, 1848–1878
  9. ^ "Fasti Ecclesiae Hibernicae: The succession of the prelates Volume 3 " Cotton,H. p168 Dublin, Hodges & Smith, 1848–1878
  10. ^ "The register of the parish of St. Peter , Dublin, 1669–1761" p 458Parish Register Society of Dublin, William Pollard & co, 1911
  11. ^ Papers of the Family of Smythe of Barbavilla
  12. ^ Papers of the Family of Smythe of Barbavila