Thomas Price (bishop)

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The Most Reverend

Thomas Price
Archbishop of Cashel
Church Church of Ireland
Archdiocese Cashel
Appointed30 March 1667
In office1667-1685
Predecessor Thomas Fulwar
Successor Narcissus Marsh
Consecration10 March 1661
by  James Margetson
Personal details
London, England
Died4 August 1685
Cashel, County Tipperary, Kingdom of Ireland
Nationality English
Denomination Anglican
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Thomas Price (1599–1685) was the Church of Ireland's Archbishop of Cashel.

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The Archbishop of Cashel was an archiepiscopal title which took its name after the town of Cashel, County Tipperary in Ireland. Following the Reformation, there had been parallel apostolic successions to the title: one in the Church of Ireland and the other in the Roman Catholic Church. The archbishop of each denomination also held the title of Bishop of Emly. The Church of Ireland title was downgraded to a bishopric in 1838, and in the Roman Catholic Church it was superseded by the role of Archbishop of Cashel and Emly when the two dioceses were united in 2015.


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. [1]

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Price followed Bedell on the importance of making the Irish language significant in the established church; he ordained some Irish-speaking ministers, and in 1678 he required service to be read in his cathedral from a folio Gaedhilic prayer-book presented to him by Andrew Sall. He encouraged Sall in his edition of the Irish Testament, and had himself some acquaintance with the Irish language. [1]

Andrew Sall (1612–1682) was an Irish Jesuit, later a convert to the Church of England.

Price died at Cashel on 4 August 1685. [1]


  1. 1 2 3 Lee, Sidney, ed. (1896). "Price, Thomas (1599-1685)"  . Dictionary of National Biography . 46. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

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