Arthur Barton (bishop)

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The Most Reverend

Arthur William Barton
Archbishop of Dublin
Primate of Ireland
Church Church of Ireland
Diocese Dublin and Glendalough
Elected7 February 1939
In office1939–1956
Predecessor John Gregg
Successor George Simms
Consecration1 May 1930
by  Charles D'Arcy
Personal details
Born(1881-06-01)1 June 1881
Died22 September 1962(1962-09-22) (aged 81)
Nationality Irish
Denomination Anglican
ParentsArthur Robinson Barton & Anne Jane Hayes
SpouseZoe Dorothy Victoria Cosgrave
Previous post(s) Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh (1930–1939)

Arthur William Barton (1 June 1881 – 22 September 1962) was a Church of Ireland clergyman, from 1939 Archbishop of Dublin.


Early life

Born in 1881, the son of the Rev. Arthur Robinson Barton (1846–1900) and his wife Anne Jane Hayes, Barton had three sisters and an older brother, Samuel (1876–1908), who died at sea.

Barton was educated at Wynyard School, Watford (which was notorious for its harsh discipline), [1] and Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated Bachelor of Divinity in 1903. [2]


On 31 March 1914 Barton was instituted as Rector of St Mark's, Dundela, Belfast, remaining there until 1925, [2] and married Zoe Dorothy Victoria Cosgrave a few weeks after his arrival, on 21 April 1914. This was the home parish of C. S. Lewis, who attended Barton's old school in Watford. [1] Lewis referred affectionately to Barton in his autobiography.

On 4 April 1930, he was elected Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh, and on 15 February 1939 was translated to become Archbishop of Dublin. [1] [3]

Barton's son Arthur Henry Barton OBE RN (1916–2006) was a playwright, author and broadcaster, who created the BBC Radio character Mr Mooney. [4]


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  1. 1 2 3 Lewis, C. S., They Stand Together: The Letters of C. S. Lewis to Arthur Greeves (1914–1963), p. 74
  2. 1 2 Hayes, E. C., Annals and Archives Archived 4 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine (1932) at
  3. Moody, Theodore William, A New History of Ireland, p. 406
  4. "The Southern Gazette Obituaries". December 2006. Retrieved 22 November 2020 via
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