- Archbishop of Armagh (Church of Ireland)
The diocese traces its history to Saint Patrick in the 5th century, who founded the See, and his current successor is the Most Reverend Alan Harper who was enthroned at St Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral in Armagh on the 16th March 2007. Like his counterpart, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh, he bears the title Primate of All Ireland.
Saint Patrick, having received some grants of land from the chieftain Daire, on the hill called Ard-Macha (the Height of Macha), built a stone church on the summit and a monastery and some other religious edifices round about, and fixed on this place for his metropolitan see. In Irish times, the primacy of Armagh was questioned only by the great southern centre of the Irish Church, at Cashel. Another note-worthy incumbent was St. Malachy O'Morgair (1134–37), who suffered many tribulations in trying to effect a reformation in the diocese. St. Malachy is honoured as the patron saint of the diocese. When the English kings got a footing in the country, they began to intervene in the election of bishops. The English kings also began to claim possession of the temporalities of the sees during vacancies and to insist on the newly elected bishops suing them humbly for their restitution.
During the reign of Henry VIII, George Dowdall, a zealous supporter of the king, had been elevated into the See of Armagh by that monarch, but on the introduction of the Book of Common Prayer in the reign of Edward VI, he left the kingdom in disgust. Thereupon the king in 1552, appointed Hugh Goodacre to the see. In the beginning of the reign of Mary I, Dowdall was again appointed to the see on account of the great zeal he had shown against Protestantism. He survived his consecration only three months. Adam Loftus (1563–67), from whom the Church of Ireland hierarchy derive their orders, was consecrated by Hugh Curwin, Archbishop of Dublin.
A most learned primate was James Ussher (1625–56), whose most important works were "Veterum Epistolarum Hibernicarum Sylloge", published in 1632, and "Brittanicarum Ecclesiarum Antiquitates", which appeared in 1639. He left his valuable library, comprising several thousand printed books and manuscripts, to Trinity College, Dublin, and his complete works were published by that institution in twenty-four volumes. His judgment against toleration of Roman Catholics, i.e. "to consent that they may freely exercise their religion and profess their faith and doctrine is a grievous sin", was a signal for the renewal of persecution and led to the Rising of the Irish Catholics in 1641.
John Bramhall (1660–63), another learned divine, succeeded Ussher. His works on polemic and other subjects have been published in four folio volumes. Narcissus Marsh (1702–13), another learned prelate, built the noble library of St. Sepulchre's in Dublin, which bears his name, filled it with a valuable collection of theological and Oriental works and liberally endowed it for the support of a librarian and deputy. Richard Robinson (1765–94), raised Armagh by his munificence from extreme decay to a state of opulence and embellished it with various useful public institutions. He built an episcopal headquarters, a public library, an infirmary, and an observatory.
Lord John George Beresford (1822–62) was also distinguished by his munificence. He restored Armagh Cathedral and is said to have spent £280,000 in acts of public benevolence. On his successor, Marcus Gervais Beresford (1862–65), fell a large portion of the task of providing for the future organization and sustentation of the Church of Ireland, which was disestablished from 1 January 1871. Prior to the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland in 1871, the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh was entitled to sit in the House of Lords as a Lord Spiritual, along with the other Archbishops in rotation.
List of archbishops
- George Cromer (1521–1543)
- George Dowdall (1543–1552)
- Hugh Goodacre (1552–1553)
- George Dowdall (again) (1553–1558)
- See vacant (1558–1562)
- Adam Loftus (1562–1567)
- Thomas Lancaster (1568–1584)
- John Long (1584–1589)
- John Garvey (1589–1595)
- Henry Ussher (1595–1613)
- Christopher Hampton (1613–1625)
- James Ussher (1625–1656)
- See vacant (1656–1661)
- John Bramhall (1660–1663)
- James Margetson (1663–1678)
- Michael Boyle (1679–1702)
- Narcissus Marsh (1703–1713)
- Thomas Lindsay (1713–1724)
- Hugh Boulter (1724–1742)
- John Hoadly (1742–1746)
- George Stone (1747–1764)
- Richard Robinson (later The Lord Rokeby) (1765–1794)
- William Newcome (1795–1800)
- The Hon William Stuart (1800–1822)
- Lord John Beresford (1822–1862)
- Marcus Beresford (1862–1885)
- Robert Knox (1886–1893)
- Robert Gregg (1893–1896)
- William Alexander (1896–1911)
- John Crozier (1911–1920)
- Charles D'Arcy (1920–1938)
- Godfrey Day (1938–1938)
- John Gregg (1939–1959)
- James McCann (1959–1969)
- George Simms (1969–1980)
- John Armstrong (1980–1986)
- Robin Eames (1986–2006)
- Alan Harper (2007–present)
- ^ Diocese of Armagh: Homepage. Retrieved on 20 December 2008.
- ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 (100th edition), Church House Publishing (ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0).
- ^ Diocese of Armagh: Alan Harper. Retrieved on 23 January 2009.
- ^ Diocese of Armagh: History. Retrieved on 23 January 2009.
- ^ a b c d e Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (Third Edition, revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 379–380. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
- ^ a b c d e Past Archbishops. Saint Partick's Cathedral, Armagh (Church of Ireland). Retrieved on 23 January 2009.
- ^ The Succession of the Bishops of Armagh. Ulster Ancestry. Retrieved on 20 December 2008.
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