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ties by the king's majesty or other rightful patrons, (without any provision to be made by the bishop of Rome aforesaid,) they will maintain, support, and defend. And all and singular provisors and others, who shall sue and repair to Rome for promotion, they will henceforward apprehend, and bring before the king's common law, to be tried and corrected according to the statutes and ordinances made and to be made for such cases."



A.D. 1560.

List of the In Volume II. of the Tracts relating to Ireprelates who land, printed for the Irish Archæological Sosanction to ciety, we are supplied in the appendix with an lishment of enumeration of the prelates, temporal peers, the Refor- &c., who were present in the parliament which Ireland. assembled at Dublin in the year 1560. The

portion of this record which contains the names of the bishops who were in attendance on that occasion is here inserted, accompanied with an extract from the same volume, descriptive of the authority from which the list in question is derived.-(Tracts, &c., vol. 2, p. 134.)

“ The following list of the lords spiritual and temporal, knights, citizens, and burgesses, of the first Irish parliament of Q. Elizabeth, held at Dublin, A.D. 1560, is taken from a record preserved in the rolls office there, furnished by the intelligent officer of inrolments in that department, Geo. Hatchell, Esq. It is inserted here for preservation, as it has not been hitherto printed, and as the original document is in a state of decay, being in some parts quite illegible.”

The roll says that the parliament was held “ die Veneris proxime ante_festum Sti. Hilarii, viz. 11 die Jan. anno regni Reginæ E. secundo."


I Hugo Dublin, Archieps. Hiber

niæque primas, dominus canc.

Hiberniæ. 2 Rollandus Cassil. Arps. 3 Christophorus Tuam. Arps. 4 Willielmus Midensis, Eps. 5 Patricius Wat. & Lismor. Eps. 6 Rogerus Cork & Clon. Eps. 7 Alexander Fern. Eps. & Thomas Darensis, Eps. 9 Thomas Leghlin. Eps. 10 Johannes Ossorien. Eps. 11 - Imolacensis, Eps.

12 Hugo Lymericen. Eps.
13 Rollandus Clonfert & Elph.

14 Eugenius Dunen. Eps.
15 Eps. Rossensis.
16 Eps. Laonensis.
17 Eps. Coranensis.
18 Eps. Aladensis,
19 Eps. Ardfertensis.
20 Eps. Ardacadensis."

(Sequuntur domini temporales
23, i. e. comites, vicecomites, ba-
rones, domini.]

No. XXV.


That the prelates of the Reformed Irish The succesChurch have received their episcopal succession Irish Church in a regular and unbroken line from the bishops unbroken at of the ancient Irish Church, and that no other mation.

line of prelates can trace their origin to the same source, is a plain, simple, historical truth, to which different persons, according to their several private opinions, will attach very different degrees of importance, but which no person of moderate information and candour will attempt to gainsay or deny. As however ignorance and perverseness have combined to keep afloat a notion that the lawful prelates were ejected from their sees at the time of the Reformation, and that a succession may have been carried on somehow or other from them to the Hiberno-Roman prelates of a later age; it may be useful for the sake of dissipating such speculations, to set before the reader a concise notice of the order of succession in each of the sees of Ireland at the time in question, from which it will appear plainly, that excepting the two intruding prelates appointed to Meath and Kil. dare by Queen Mary, as mentioned in the text of this work, no others were deprived at the time when the statutes enacting -the Reformation in Ireland were introduced.

It is of course unnecessary to pursue this incerns only quiry any further back than to the commencethe reign of ment of Queen Elizabeth's reign; as all are beth, and agreed that the persons who occupied the diffethe time after.

rent Irish sees at the close of Queen Mary's reign, were the lawful prelates of the Irish

The ques tion con

Q. Eliza

Church, appointed in the regular course of the old succession, and in most instances with such attention to canonical order as was then usual. With the cases of those bishops, therefore, who renounced or supported the papal supremacy in the reigns of Henry VIII. and Edward VI. we have nothing to do in this place. The question to be considered is simply this.- Who were the persons in possession in the year 1560, and how came they, in each case respectively, to leave their places vacant, whether by death, translation, or deprivation ? To commence with the primatial see of

Armagh. This see having been vacant at the accession of Queen Elizabeth, continued go ADAM LOFTUS was consecrated abp. by Hugh Curwin, Abp. of Dublin, and other bps. in March, at the close of 1562

(H. 94) THOMAS LANCASTER, his successor, was consecrated by Adam, Abp. Dublin, Hugh bp. Meath, and Robt. bp. Kildare, 1568.



On the deprivation of bp. Walsh, HUGH BRADY was appointed to this see by Queen Elizabeth in A.D. 1563. He is commended as an honest, learned, and zealous prelate, "a godly minister of the gospel," and attentive to his episcopal duties.

(H. 156, p. 783 sup., Mant, i. 276, 298.)

Cloumarnoisr. PETER WALL, 1556-1568; was a Dominican friar

(H. 174) In the Loftus Ms. Annals we read,

at A.D. 1568, “ This year by ye authority of Parlt. was ye Bprick. of Clonmacnoise united to ye Bprick. of Meath."

Clagher. HUGH O'CERVALLAN, promoted by Pope Paul III. in 1542, was alive in 1557 ; how long after is not known..

MILER MAGRAGH, Franciscan Friar, succeeded in 1570. He was advanced by Pope Pius V. to the bpk. of Down; but afterwards becoming a convert to Protestantism, was appointed to Clogher, and to Cashel in 1570. He made scandalous wastes and alienations of the revenues which were the property of the latter see.

(Mant, i. 280, H. 188.) Down and Connar. EUGENE MAGENIS, advanced by provision from Pope Paul III. ; succ. 1541, sed. 1560. He was present in the parliament of Dublin which abolished the supre of

(H. 205) [these sees were granted to JAMES MAC CÄGHWELL, by Queen's Letter in A.D. 1564. MS. notes in Dr. Todd's Hi. Ware. See Cashel below.)

JOHN MERIMAN, the next bishop, was consecrated by Thomas Lancaster, Abp. of Armagh, assisted by the bps. of Meath, Kildare, and Ossory, in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, A.D. 1568-9 ..

(ib.) Rilmore.

DERMOD, bp. of this see, dying in 1529, EDMUND NUGENT is the next successor on record ; sed. 1541. The see lying in an unsettled and tumultuous country, was much neglected by the English crown ; so that even after the Reformation, the bishops succeeded by usurpation or papal authority.

RICHARD BŘADY was bp. of Kilmore, under the pope's title, before 1567 ; bat in the year 1585, the Lord Deputy, Sir John Perrot, writing to the council of England, set forth that he had dispossessed him of the place, and recommended JOHN GARVEY, dean of Christ Church, to supplant him ; who was accordingly by letters patent, dated the following 27th of January, 1586, promoted to the govornment of this see

(H. 230) Ardagh. PATRICK MAC MAHON, 1553-1572, was before a suffragan to Dowdall, abp. of Armagh. He injured the property of his see by leases made out for his own advantage

(H. 255)

• He, with Eugene Magenis of Down, and others, having sworn fealty to Henry VIII., “received,” according to Mr. Brennan, " the wages of their sinful servility." -Ec. Hist. ii. 92.

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