Diocese of Clogher (Church of Ireland)

Diocese of Clogher (Church of Ireland)

The Diocese of Clogher is a diocese of the Church of Ireland in the north of Ireland. It is in the ecclesiastical province of Armagh. It covers a rural area on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland including much of south west Ulster, taking in most of counties Fermanagh and Monaghan and parts of counties Cavan, Leitrim and Donegal.[1]

The diocese has two diocesan cathedrals,[2] Saint Macartan's Cathedral in Clogher and Saint Macartin's Cathedral in Enniskillen,[3][4] yet having a single Dean and Chapter between them.[2]


Overview and history

When the Church in England broke communion with the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of England was established by the state as the established church. Later, by decree of the Irish Parliament, a similar new body became the State Church in the Kingdom of Ireland. It assumed possession of most Church property (and so retained a great repository of religious architecture and other items, though some were later destroyed). The substantial majority of the population remained faithful to the Latin Rite of Roman Catholicism, despite the political and economic advantages of membership in the state church. They were obliged to find alternative premises and to conduct their services in secret. The English-speaking minority mostly adhered to the Church of Ireland or to Presbyterianism. On the death of Archbishop Trench of Tuam in 1839, the Province of Tuam was united to the Armagh. Over the centuries, numerous dioceses were merged, in view of declining membership.

List of the Bishops of Clogher

The following is a basic list of the post-Reformation Church of Ireland bishops.[5]

  • Hugh O'Carolan (1535–1569)
  • Miler Magrath (1570–1571)
  • See vacant (1571–1605)
  • George Montgomery (1605–1621)
  • James Spottiswood (1621–1645)
  • Henry Jones (1645–1661)
  • John Leslie (1661–1671)
  • Robert Leslie (1671–1672)
  • Roger Boyle (1672–1687)
  • See vacant (1687–1690)
  • Richard Tennison (1691–1697)
  • St George Ashe (1697–1717)
  • John Stearne (1717–1745)
  • Robert Clayton (1745–1758)
  • John Garnett (1758–1782)
  • Sir John Hotham, 9th Bt. (1782–1795)
  • William Foster (1796–1797)
  • John Porter (1797–1819)
  • Lord John Beresford (1819–1820)
  • Hon. Percy Jocelyn (1820–1822)
  • Lord Robert Tottenham Luftus (1822–1850)

In 1850, Clogher was united with Armagh.

  • Lord John Beresford (again) (1850–1862)
  • Marcus Beresford (1862–1885)

In 1886, Clogher was separated from Armagh.

  • Charles Stack (1886–1902)
  • Charles D'Arcy (1903–1907)
  • Maurice Day (1908–1923)
  • James MacManaway (1923–1943)
  • Richard Tyner (1944–1958)
  • Alan Buchanan (1958–1969)
  • Richard Hanson (1970–1973)
  • Robert Heavener (1973–1980)
  • Gordon McMullan (1980–1986)
  • Brian Hannon (1986–2001)
  • Michael Jackson (2002–2011)
  • John Francis McDowell (2011– )

See also


  1. ^ "Diocese of Clogher (Church of Ireland)". Official website. http://clogher.anglican.org/. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  2. ^ a b Our Cathedrals. Church of Ireland Diocese of Clogher. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
  3. ^ "St. Macartin's Cathedral, Enniskillen". Church of Ireland. http://clogher.anglican.org/index.php?p=cathedrals. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  4. ^ "St. Macartin's Cathedral, Enniskillen". enniskillencathedral.com. http://www.enniskillencathedral.com/. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  5. ^ Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (Third Edition ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 382–383. ISBN 0-521-56350-X. 

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