John Gregg (bishop of Cork)

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John Gregg

Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross
Church Church of Ireland
Personal details
Born(1798-08-04)4 August 1798
Died26 May 1878(1878-05-26) (aged 79)
Buried Mount Jerome cemetery, Dublin
Nationality Irish
ParentsRichard Gregg (father)
SpouseElizabeth Law
Children6 (including Robert Gregg)
Education Trinity College, Dublin

John Gregg (4 August 1798 – 26 May 1878) was an Anglican bishop. [1]

He was born in 1798 near Ennis, County Clare, the son of Richard Gregg, a small landowner, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He was ordained in 1822, and quickly gained a reputation as an eloquent preacher, and was fluent in the Irish Language. Gregg served as assistant and then as chaplain to the Bethesda Chapel, Dublin, from 1835, until 1839 when he became Rector of the newly established Holy Trinity Church, Gardner Street, Dublin, and then appointed Archdeacon of Kildare in 1857 before his elevation to the episcopate as the Bishop of Cork in 1862. [2] As bishop he is mainly remembered for overseeing the building of Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral, at a cost of over £100,000. He published "A Missionary Visit to Achill and Erris" (3rd edition) in 1850. [3]

Gregg died in post on 26 May 1878 [4] He had married Elizabeth Law and had six children. His son Robert Gregg and grandson, John Gregg [5] were also bishops, and both became Archbishop of Armagh. His daughter, Frances (Fanny) Gregg was the founder of Saint Luke's Home, Cork (then known as "The Home for Protestant Incurables") in 1872.

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  1. Cork, past and present
  2. “A New History of Ireland” Moody,T.M;Martin,F.X;Byrne,F.J;Cosgrove,F:By Theodore William Moody, Francis X. Martin, Francis John Byrne, Art Cosgrove: Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN   0-19-821745-5
  3. "Gregg, John"  . Dictionary of National Biography . London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  4. The Times, Monday, May 27, 1878; pg. 6; Issue 29265; col E Deaths”
  5. Sir Shane Leslie Papers