William Walsh (Bishop of Ossory, Ferns and Leighlin)

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The Rt Rev William Pakenham Walsh, DD, MA (4 May 1820 – 30 July 1902) was a 19th-century Anglican priest [1] and author.[2]

Born on 4 May 1820, he was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and ordained in 1844. He held curacies at Ovoca and Rathdrum,[3] after which he was the incumbent at Sandford, Dublin.[4] In 1861 he held the Donnellan Lectures at Trinity College, Dublin.[5] From 1873 until 1878 he was Dean of Cashel and canon of Christ Church Cathedral. He was elected Bishop of Ossory, Ferns and Leighlin in 1878,[6][7] and held the office until he retired in 1897.[8][9] He died at Shankill, Dublin on 30 July 1902.[5]

Dr. Walsh was the author of several works, including:[5]

  • Ancient Monuments and Holy Writ
  • Heroes of the Mission Field
  • The Decalogue of Charity
  • The Voices of the Psalms

His son, Herbert Pakenham-Walsh was the inaugural Bishop of Assam.[10]


  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. ^ Amongst others he wrote “Moabite Stone”, 1874; “The Angel of the Lord”, 1876; “Ancient Monuments and Holy Writ”, 1878; “Heroes of the Mission Field”, 1880; “The Decalogue of Charity”, 1882; “Echoes of Bible History”, 1886; and “The Voices of the Psalms”, 1889 > British Library website accessed 19:23 GMT 1 January 2010
  3. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  4. ^ ”The Belfast News-Letter” (Belfast, Ireland), Monday, February 21, 1859; Issue 13313
  5. ^ a b c Bishop William Walsh. The Times Thursday, Jul 31, 1902; pg. 8; Issue 36834; col D
  6. ^ “A New History of Ireland ”Moody,T.M; Martin,F.X; Byrne,F.J;Cosgrove,F: Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-821745-5
  7. ^ ”THE WEEK”Jackson's Oxford Journal (Oxford, England), Saturday, September 7, 1878; Issue 6547
  8. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  9. ^ ”THE CHURCH OF IRELAND” The Belfast News-Letter (Belfast, Ireland), Friday, October 22, 1897; Issue 25664
  10. ^ Project Canterbury
Religious titles
Preceded by
Robert Samuel Gregg
Bishop of Ossory, Ferns and Leighlin
June 1878 –June 1897
Succeeded by
John Baptist Crozier