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monarch again invited from his monastery the ecclesiastic before al- late of Dub. luded to, and by his interest at the court of Rome, Matthew de Oviedo lin. revisited Ireland in May of the year 1600, in the high and responsible situation of (titular) archbishop of Dublin."
(p. 370. ib.) "On his revisiting Ireland as before mentioned, although His political appointed to the ecclesiastical government of Leinster, he immediately proceedings proceeded to fulfil what seems to have been a more congenial object; and without a notice or observation of his diocese, he hurried into Ulster, eager to deliver his credentials to the chieftains O'Neill and O'Donnell, who still exercised an almost uncontrolled sovereignty over that province. As soon as he had assured himself of their services in the meditated Spanish invasion, he returned to his royal Master, who seemed so confident in his powers of negociation as to attach him to the suite of Don Juan d'Aguila, with whom, and the Spanish forces designed for the emancipation of Ireland, he landed at Kinsale on the 2nd of October 1601." (See No. LIII., p. 1288, inf.)
(On the 12th of the same month he wrote to O'Neill and O'Donel, He ends his bidding them hurry to Kinsale with horses, &c. (p. 371) and in Janu- days in ary following he was sent back to Spain with despatches to the king Spain. from the Earl of Desmond, &c. (p. 372.)] “A fugitive and a wanderer A.D. 1608. from the diocese of his charge, he never returned to Ireland, but passed the remainder of his days in Spain, a pensioner on the court." He died in A.D. 1608.
There were therefore tuo titular prelates connected with Ireland alive when James I. began to reign ; Oviedo, the second of them, having been forgotten in the statement made relative to C. Ryan at pp. 889, 890 sup.
2. The next of the titular archbishops of this diocese was EUGENE E. MatMATTHEWS, who having been Romish priest of the parish of thews, SEClogher, was made the titular bishop of that see in August, 1609, and cond of the thence translated to the archiepiscopal title of Dublin, on May 2, 1611. titular In June 1614, he presided at a synod or conference held in the city of archbishops Kilkenny for the reformation and good government of the province of Dublin, of Dublin" (as Mr. Dalton speaks) of which a notice has been intro- A.D. 1611. duced in the text of this work. (at pp. 898–9, sup.) and of which further particulars will be found in the Article No. 67 inf. Having retired to Louvain shortly before the close of his life, he founded in that founds an city a second Irish College in the year 1623; one having been already Irish Colestablished there in 1616 by Philip III. king of Spain, at the instance lege in Louof the titular archbishop Florence Conry of Tuam. Archbishop vain. Matthews died at Louvain in the same year, 1623.
. In the Tract entitled, A brief Relation of Ireland and the diversity of Irish in the same, 'presented to ye Council of Spayne circ. an. 1618, by Florence, ye pretended Abp. of Tuam, and thought to be penned by
T. Fleming, 3. THOMAS FLEMING, descended from the family of the barons THIRD of of Slane, and a member of the Franciscan order, succeeded, and was the new Ro- consecrated in October 1623. This prelate during the same year ob mish line of tained from Pope Urban VIII. a brief allowing Irish students to be Prelates in ordained “ad titulum missionis." See No. 70, inf. He died during Dublin. the usurpation of Cromwell (1648-1660.) To him Colgan dedicated A.D. 1623.
the Trias Thaumaturgu.
A few extracts from Mr. Dalton's observations on this part of our Ecclesiastical History, may appear to the reader not inappropriate for insertion in connection with the name of the prelate here briefly
noticed ; viz:His connec- (pp. 402 seqq.) The synod of Roman Catholic Clergy which met at tion with the Kilkenny in May 1642, “ agreed in declaring the war in Ireland to he rebellion of against Sectaries, and chiefly puritans, for the defence of the Catholic 1641.
religion," the support of the king, queen, royal family, &c. Signed by,
* Hugh, Abp. Armagh. " Patrick, Waterford and Lismore. " Thomas, Cashel.
“ Roche, Kildare. “ Malachy, Tuam.
“ John, Clonfert. “ David, Ossory.
“ Emer, Down and Connor." “ Boetius, Elphin. and the proxies of Dublin, Limerick, Emly, and Killaloe, the vicar general of Waterford, Ferns, and Ossory,“ Wardens," " Abbots,"
“Deans," "archdeacons," &c. Rinuccini's (p. 408.) “ John Baptist Rinuccini, Abp. Fermo, arrived in Ireland arrival, in the character of apostolic nuncio extraordinary; and on the 12th Nov. 12, of November, 1645, presented himself with his credentials to the conA.D. 1645. federates there, announcing the objects of his mission, while he pro
tested against the inference that he came to excite the [R] Catholic inhabitants of this kingdom against their king, and signified that no. thing more agrecable to the supreme pontiff could take place, than that the confederates in Ireland, having recovered the free exercise of their religion, should observe due subjection, service, and reverence, to his serene majesty, though not a (R] Catholic. The conduct of this emissary was however fatally at variance with this fair and moderate representation of his commission." (p. 409.)
Philip O'Sullivan Bear," (MS. in the Library of Trinity Coll., Dublin, E. 3, 8. No. 26, f. 50,) this prelate is thus noticed by his common Irish name, at the head of the list of the “ Ancient Irish, Ecclesiastical :"
"Owen McMahon, Archbushop of Dublin, which is the court of Ireland—who was brede in Salamanca by his Maties. appointment, and now in Ireland "-(See not. p. 910 sup.)
In the same “ Relation" at the head of the “ English-Irished Ecclesiastical," occurs :-“ Peter Lombard, Abp. (titular) of Armagh, lord Primate, in Rome."
" Accordingly on the ensuing 23rd of February, [1648,] this emissary His deparbade farewell to a country which his intemperance had covered with ture. widows and orphans, ruin and rancour." (p. 418.),
A.D. 1648. p. 426.) “Great as were the difficulties in upholding the hierarchy But three of the established Church in Ireland, it was almost utterly impossible Roman tituthat the Roman Catholic could be represented. At the close lars in Ire of the year 1660 there were but three prelates of that faith in Ireland, land at this those of Armagh, Meath, and Kimore."
time. 4. PETER TALBOT, son of Sir Wm. Talbot, became a Jesuit in P. Talbot, Portugal in 1635, and finished his theological studies afterwards at FOURTH Rome. He was, after holding other offices abroad and at home, ap Prelate of pointed to the titular archbishopric of Dublin, and consecrated thereto the new on May 2, 1669. Falling under charges of sinister designs in affairs of line in Dubstate, he found it expedient, in order to avoid the displeasure of go- lin. vernment, to leave this country and retire to Paris, where he was liv- A.D. 1669. ing in 1674. In the following year he returned to Ireland, but in 1678 was arrested at Malahide, on charges of treasonable practices, and committed to Newgate. He died in prison, A.D. 1680. Besides his Primatus Dubliniensis, already referred to, at p. 1244 sup., he was the author of many other works on religious and controversial subjects. See Ware, Writers, p. 191.
N. B. On a flyleaf of a copy of Ware's Bishops, in possession of Geo. A. Plunket, Petrie, Esq. is a brief list of these titular prelates of Dublin, from said to have Matthew de Oviedo to John Linegar, in which before the name of enjoyed tituArchbishop Talbot, occurs this entry :
lar dignity " ARTHUR PLUNKET, inter vivos anno 1673."
in Dublin. Who this individual was, I cannot say ; unless perhaps that he may A.D. 1673. have been a coadjutor bishop, acting for Talbot during his absence from Ireland.
5. PATRICK RUSSELL, the fifth titular archbishop of Dublin, P. Russell, had studied at Lisbon ; and was for some time titular parish priest of FIFTH titu. Garristown. He was consecrated in 1683; and died on the 14th June, lar prelate of 1692. His remains were interred at Lusk church.
the Dublin Under this prelate were held three titular provincial councils, series, whereat were framed sundry “ Constitutions " published in 1685 and A.D. 1683 ; subsequently, for the ordering and settlement of the affairs of the
holds "pro Church of Rome in the same province, and regulating the conduct of
vincial her ministers and people: as, " that no [R.) Catholic should attend the
councils." protestant service, assist as sponsor at their baptisms, or contract mar
A.D. 1685. riage through their ministers." "That no priest having possession of a parish for three years, shall on that account presume to acquire a right A new mode to that parish without a regular collation obtained from the ordinary, of obtaining and that all such as have not yet received a formal collation must pro- the title
P.P. no- cure one within six months, or be deposed :" a rule curiously illustraticed. tive of the manner in which the new priests of the preceding period
had been establishing themselves in the titles of the different parishes, whose old and lawful pastors of the ancient line had received the reformed religion. Finally in these constitutions of Archbishop Russell the acts and ordinances of the titular synod of Kilkenny A.D. 1614, are "received, ratified, and ordered to be obbserved faithfully through
out the province." P. Creagh,
6. PETER CREAGH, having been titular bishop of Cork, and SIXTH titu- subsequently of Tuam, was translated to Dublin in 1693: and died lar abp. of
about A.D. 1706. “During all this period," says Mr. Dalton, “not a Dublin, single notice of public importance has been discovered in connection A.D. 1693. with Archbp. Creagh, and even the period of his death is only inferen
tially suggested by the date of his successor's appointment." Abps. &c.
p. 459. E. Byrne, 7. EDMUND BYRNE succeeded in A.D. !707. Of him I find this SEVENTH notice in the flyleaf of Ware abovementioned: he was " born in Fintitular abp. gal, educated in Spain ; was parish priest first of Wicklow, and afterof Dublin. wards of St. Nicholas without; dyed about the 10th of February, and A.D. 1707. was bury'd in St. James's Church yard, 1723." E. Murphy, 8. EDWARD MURPHY, “ born in Balrudery, educated in Sala. EIGHTH of manca, was parish priest of St. Audoen's, Dublin, and from thence was the new race promoted to be Bp. of Kildare, and afterwards [in 1724) translated in Dublin, to Dublin, which he held about four years; he dy'd about the 22nd of A.D. 1724. December 1728, and was bury'd in St. James's Church yard." (ib.) L. Fagan, 9. LUKE FAGAN, “study'd in Sevil, and was parish priest of NINTI pre Baldoyle, from whence he was raised to the dignity of being (titular late of this Bp. of Meath, which he held 15 or 16 years; and from thence removed series. to Dublin (in 1729) which he held
about four years. He dy'd Nov. 11, A.D. 1729.
and was bury'd in St. Michan's, 1733." J. Linegar,
10. JOHN (FLANAGAN) LINEGAR,“ born in Church street, TENTR.
[Dublin,] studied at Lisbone." and having been appointed successor to A.D. 1734 ?
Abp. Fagan, occupied the office for 22 years. R. Lincoln, ELEVENTH, 11. RICHARD LINCOLN succeeded in 1757; he died in 1762 and A.D. 1757.
was interred in St. James's Church yard, Dublin. P. Fitz Simon, 12. PATRICK FITZ SIMON, “Dean of Dublin and parish priest TWELFTH. of St. Audoen's," succeeded in 1763, and occupied the office for six A.D. 1763.
13. JOHN CARPENTER, “ Prebendary of Wicklow, and curate of J. CarpenSt. Mary's in Dublin," was consecrated in that city on June 3, 1770, ter, Thirby the titular primate, Dr. Blake, and other prelates of his commu- TEENTH. nion. He died on the 29th of October, 1786, and was buried in St. A.D. 1770. Michan's Church yard.
14. JOHN THOMAS TROY, the next in this series of prelates, J. T. Troy, was a native of Porterstown, Co. Dublin, became in early age a Dom- FOURinican friar at Rome, and after some time was appointed Rector of the TEENTH tiCollege of S. Clement in that city. On the death of Dr. Burke, titular tular abp. bp. of Ossory, in 1776, he was nominated by the pope to the vacant of Dublin. office, and consecrated at Louvain in the same year by the archbishop A.D. 1786. of Mechlin, &c. From Os.ory he was translated to Dublin in 1786. His death took place in a.d. 1823.
15. DANIEL MURRAY, the present archbishop of the Church of D. Murray, Rome in Dublin, was consecrated in 1809 as “archbishop of Hierapolis FIFTEENTH. and coadjutor of Dublin," and became successor of Dr. Troy in 1823. A.D. 1823.
From the preceding notices it appears, that the Present pour present coarbe of Richard Creagh in Armagh is titular digthe eighteenth who has occupied such an office nitaries of in connection with that see; and that in like and Dublin. manner the present coarbe of Matthew de Oviedo in Dublin is the fifteenth in the succession connected with this latter see; including in each case the eminent individual with whom the dignity first originated. Lists of the names of similar persons connected with the other Irish sees, during the first hundred years after the establishment of the Reformed religion in Ireland, may be found in Nos. 66 and 68 inf.