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ceding P. Mac Mahon above-named is as follows:-Owen, Domn. friar, by provn. of Pope Jul. II., succ. 1508, sed 1530; how much longer is unknown. Rd, Ferral, succ. 1541, ob. 1553; consecd. by commission from Geo. Cromer (then infirm.) Patk. Mac Mahon then succeeded, ut sup. (See Ardagh) ..

(H. 255) It appears that “in 1518, Sir Rory O'Moloyne, a priest of ye diocese of Clonmacnoise, a pretended bp. elect of Ardagh, was cited to shew cause, why he took upon him to exercise ye authority of bishop of ye said see, and for non-appearance before ye metropolitical court of Armagh, was decreed contumacious, suspended, and upon previous admonition to be excommunicated. He was afterwards reconciled, and received the subcustodium of this bishopric (of Ardagh) from the vicargeneral of Armagh, and agreed with him for ye fees of ye court." (MS. n. in H. 255)

Cat. CHRISTOPHER BODEKEN (als. Bodkyn) was consecrated Bp. of Kilmacduagh at Marseilles in France, and translated by favour of Henry VIII. to the abpk. of Tuam in 1536. He died at Tuam full of days in 1572 ..

) The Four Masters thus notice his death, A.D. 1572, « The Archbishop of Tuam, Christopher Bokdin, died, and was interred at Galway."


1585 ..

MAURICE O'BRIEN succeeded by papal provision in 1491. A MAURICE was also bp. in 1523; whether the same Maurice, is not certain. JOHN O'HIN. ALAN was bp. in 1552. One JOHN was also bp. in 1570. One “DANIEL" in

(H. 624) The Four Masters, at A.D. 1572, have this notice. “The bishop of Kilfenora, (John Oge, the son of John, son of Auliffe O'Niallain (Neylan,]) teacher of the Word of God, died, and was interred in Kilfenora itself."-O'Donovan's Four Masters, p. 1657.

Elphin. CONAT O'SIAGAL, chaplain to Manus O'Donel, was advanced by Henry VIII. in 1544. BERNARD O'HIGGIN, a Dominican friar, succeeded by pope's provision, and was alive in 1552..

(H. 633) ROLAND DE BURGO, bp. of Clonfert, took the administration by grant of Edward VI. in 1552, and died very old in 1580

(H. 634)


RICHARD NANGLE, 1536, was promoted by Henry VIII., having been Provincial of the Augustin Hermits in Ireland. He was a great sufferer by Roland de Burgo, whom Pope Clement [read Paul?) the Seventh had by his provn. nominated to Clonfert in 1534.

ROLAND DE BURGO, though appointed by the pope, yet having submitted and sworn fealty to K. Henry VIII. (whether after Nangle's death, is uncertain,) the pope's bull having been first cancelled, obtained the royal assent in October, 1541. While he governed this see, King Henry united the possessions of the dissolved abbey of Clonfert to the bishopric. The monastery had not surrendered, and Bp. Burgh had much difficulty to secure the abbey revenues. It was agreed (about the 10th of Elizabeth, A.D. 1568,) that the pope's grantee abbot and he should share the spiritualties and temporalities. After the death of the latter in 1571, the bishop had all, and his son Redmund Burgh after him was allowed half the spiritualities and temporalities by the next bp., STEPHEN KEROVAN, 1582; Kerovan was of Galway, but educated at Oxford and Paris. He conformed in 1572 (H. 642)

The Four Masters, at A.D. 1580, have this entry-" Roland, the son of Redmond, son of Ulick (Burke,) of Knocktua, Bishop of Clonfert, died; and the loss of this good man was the cause of great lamentation in his own country."-O'Donovan, 1729. (See also under Elphin above.)

Again, at A.D. 1595, p. 1991, we read that the insurgent chiefs in league with O'Donnell, from Connaught, &c., “plundered and totally devastated Clonfert Brendan, and took the bishop of that town prisoner," [i. e. Stephen Kerovan, bp. of Clonfert, 1582-1602, as O'D. observes in the note on this passage.]

We find in the State Papers, (vol. iii. pt. iii. p. 122,) a letter from Archbishop Browne of Dublin to the Lord Privy Seal (Cromwell,) in which are contained some interesting particulars relative to Bishop Nangle and his antagonist Burgh, or Mac William, (as this family name is expressed among the Irish.) Of this letter the following is an extract comprising the particulars in question, and forming the concluding paragraph of the communication in which it occurs. It was written about the 15th of February, 1539, i.e. about a week after the date of the letter quoted at pp. 701, 702, of this work.

“At such season as your lordship's pleasure shall be to send hither authority ad causas ecclesiasticas, God willing, I intend to travel the country, as far as any English is to be ur derstanded ; and where as I may not be understanded, I have provided a suffragan, named Doctor Nangle, bishop of Clonfert, who is not only well learned, but also a right honest man, and undoubtedly will set forth as well the Word of God as our prince's causes, in the Irish tongue, to the discharge, I trust, of my conscience. Which said bishop was promoted to the said benefice by the king's majesty and you ; and by commandment of the king's highness, and your good lordship, by me consecrated ; although as now he is expulsed, and a Rome runner, who came ir by provision, supported in the same by one Mac William, a naughty traitorous person, governor of those parts, to whon the said Dr. Nangle, my suffragan, showed the king's broad seal, for justifying of his authority, which the said Mac William little esteemed, but threw it away and vilipended the same.

The governor would seem from his name to have been kinsman to the “ Rome runner.

Kilmardnagh. BODEKIN, consecrated in 1533 or, 4, held this see along with that of Tuam; as did his successor LEALY or LALY. Stephen Kerovan, afterwards Bishop of Clonfert, obtained it in 1573

(H. 642, 648) Killala.

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REDMUND GALLAGHER sat, it seems, in 1549. OWEN O'CONNOR, Dean of Achonry, appointed by Elizabeth in 1591, occupied the see for about sixteen years ..

(H. 652) Whoever was bishop of this see in the year 1560, he was one of those who joined in establishing the reformed religion by law in the parliament of that year, as appears from his name being included in the list given in the preceding article.

It seems not possible that the above could be the Redmund Gallagher who was killed in Derry in 1601; for then he must have been 52 years a bishop; and as Gallagher of Derry is said to have died at the age of 70, he could hardly have been a bishop so long; as he must in that case have been consecrated in his 18th year.


One “ CORMAC" was bishop here in 1523. One “ EUGENE" in 1585. Some think that it was this Eugene who assisted at the Council of Trent in 1563 ; that he was promoted in 1562, and died æt. 100 in 1603 [?]

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A careful inspection of the preceding notices any Irish prelates re

will assist us in answering a question raised signed on not long since, as to “whether any of the Irish Q. Elizaheth's acces- bishops resigned their sees on the accession of sion.

Queen Elizabeth, or the introduction of the reformed religion with the sanction of her authority." Before entering into the inquiry more particularly, it may be well to quote here the sta ements of two writers, who have supposed that, in two particular cases, instances of such resignation did occur.


And first the Hon. and Rev. A. P. Perceval, Statement in his Apology for the Doctrine of Apostolical Rev. A. P. Succession, has the following observation :

“At the accession of Queen Elizabeth, of all the Irish bishops only two were deprived, and two others resigned on account of their adherence to the supremacy of the see of Rome. The rest continued in their sees, and from them the bishops and clergy of the Irish Church derive their orders.”

Who those two bishops that resigned their places were, Mr. Perceval does not specify ; but the omission appears to be supplied in the following passage extracted from a note in Mr. Mr. DodsDodsworth’s little volume of “ Discourses on mark on the Romanism and Dissent,” (3rd Edn., Lond., same point Burns. 1839. No. viii. p. 8,) in which it occurs as part of a quotation from another recent tract, entitled Historical notices of Peculiar Tenets of the Church of Rome (p. 6).

"By the records of the Irish Church, it appears, that when in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, the Roman jurisdiction was renounced, of all the Irish bishops, only two, namely Walsh, bishop of Clonard (or Meathị, and Liverous, (Leverous] bishop of Kildare, suffered deprivation for their refusal to join in that renunciation. Two others, Lacey, bishop of Limerick, and Skiddy bishop of Cork and Cloyne, resigned, the former in 1566, [read, 1571] and the latter in 1751, [sic; for which read, 1566) possibly from scruples on the same score.”

But where these two resignations were made

These two so many years after the queen's accession, and Statements considered.

the legal establishment of the reformed religion, although the causes of them be not assigned, it is hardly reasonable to suppose them likely to have had any connection with matters that had been transacted so very long before. With regard to Bp.Skiddy indeed, it appears not probable that he should have had much scruple about submitting to the regal supremacy, the great point then disputed, inasmuch as he had previously accepted the deanry of Limerick from Edward VI. ; and although appointed to the sees of Cork and Cloyne by Queen Mary, he had not been put by her into real possession, but had subsequently received a new grant, and his investiture, from Q. Elizabeth, and was actually consecrated by her mandate. “Under these circumstances” (as Bp. Mant observes, Hist. I. 745) “the supposed motive for resignation were strange indeed.” As for the resignation of Q. Mary's intruder, Lacy, of Limerick, it but left an open for the lawful prelate, Casey, to resume the duties interrupted by his

unrighteous deprivation. Mr. Perce I am aware that Mr. Perceval, subsequently tion confes

to his writing the sentence above quoted, has sedly a mis- been led to see the mistake into which he had

fallen on this point : but for the sake of others who might have less information or candour, the matter contained in the present article will, it is

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