The Most Reverend
|Archbishop of Cashel|
|Church||Church of Ireland|
|Appointed||30 March 1667|
|Consecration||10 March 1661|
by James Margetson
|Died||4 August 1685|
Cashel, County Tipperary, Kingdom of Ireland
|Previous post||Bishop of Kildare (1661-1667)|
Thomas Price (1599–1685) was the Church of Ireland's Archbishop of Cashel.
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Price was born in London, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated B.A. in 1623, M.A. in 1628, and was elected a fellow in 1626. He was ordained by William Bedell, and became archdeacon of Bedell's diocese of Kilmore. He was consecrated bishop of Kildare in Christ Church, Dublin, on 10 March 1661 by the Archbishop of Dublin James Margetson, and was translated to the archbishopric of Cashel on 20 May 1667.
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