Arthur Smyth

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The Most Reverend

Arthur Smyth

Archbishop of Dublin
Primate of Ireland
Church Church of Ireland
Diocese Dublin and Glendalough
Appointed14 April 1766
In office1766-1771
Predecessor William Carmichael
Successor John Cradock
Consecration5 April 1752
by  John Ryder
Personal details
Born(1706-02-19)19 February 1706
Died14 December 1771(1771-12-14) (aged 65)
Dublin, County Dublin, Kingdom of Ireland
Buried St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin
Nationality Irish
Denomination Anglican
Parents Thomas Smyth & Dorothea Burgh
SpouseElizabeth Bonfoy
Previous post(s) Bishop of Clonfert and Kilmacduagh (1752-1753)
Bishop of Down and Connor (1753-1765)
Bishop of Meath (1765-1766)

Arthur Smyth (19 February 1706 – 14 December 1771) was Archbishop of Dublin from 1766 until his death in 1771. [1]



Smyth was the son of Thomas Smyth, Bishop of Limerick, and Dorothea Burgh (daughter of Ulysses Burgh, Bishop of Ardagh). His brothers included Charles Smyth, MP for Limerick, and the lawyer George Smyth. [2]


Smyth studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and completed his studies in Oxford. He was Dean of Raphoe from 1742 until 1744, then Dean of Derry until 1752. He was then raised to the episcopate as Bishop of Clonfert and Kilmacduagh (1752), Down and Connor (1753) and Meath (1765), prior to his nomination as Archbishop of Dublin. He was the first Irish born Archbishop of Dublin for many years. He was not widely seen as a very spiritual man: critics said that his main interest was the advancement of the careers of his numerous relatives.

Monument dedicated to Arthur Smyth in the south transept of St. Patrick's Cathedral Dublin St. Patrick's Cathedral South Transept 2012 09 26.jpg
Monument dedicated to Arthur Smyth in the south transept of St. Patrick's Cathedral

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  1. Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 391. ISBN   0-521-56350-X.
  2. Ball, F. Elrington The Judges in Ireland 1221-1921 London John Murray 1926
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