Thomas Smyth (bishop)

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Thomas Smyth (1650 – 1725) was an Irish bishop in the last decade of the 17th century and the first three of the 18th. [1]

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He was born at Dundrum, the son of William Smyth and Mary Dewdall. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He became vice-chancellor of Trinity College in 1714. [2]

Dundrum, Dublin Suburb of Dublin, Ireland

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A former Dean of Emly, [3] Smith was nominated Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe on 15 November 1695 and consecrated on 8 December 1695. He died on 4 May 1725. [4]

The Dean of Emly was based at The Cathedral Church of St Alibeus, Emly in the former Diocese of Emly within the Church of Ireland. St Alibeus' cathedral was demolished in 1877.

The Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe was the Ordinary of the Church of Ireland diocese of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe, which was in the Province of Cashel until 1833, then afterwards in the Province of Dublin.


Smyth married Dorothea, daughter of Ulysses Burgh. They had 10 sons and three daughters. The seventh son was George Smyth, and the eighth Arthur Smyth. [2]

Ulysses Burgh (1632-1692) was an Irish Anglican bishop in the 17th century.

George Smyth was an Irish lawyer.

Arthur Smyth was Archbishop of Dublin from 1766 until his death in 1771.

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  1. A New History of Ireland, Moody, T. W.; Martin, F. X.; Byrne, F. J.; Cosgrove, A.: Oxford, OUP, 1976 ISBN   0-19-821745-5
  2. 1 2 William Courthope (1838). Debrett's Complete Peerage of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Printed for J. G. & F. Rivington. p. 649. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  3. "Fasti ecclesiæ hibernicæ: the succession of the prelates in Ireland" Cotton,H Dublin, Hodges & Smith, 1860
  4. Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 400–401. ISBN   0-521-56350-X.
Church of Ireland titles
Preceded by
Ulysses Burgh
Dean of Emly
Succeeded by
Richard Reader
Preceded by
Nathaniel Wilson
Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe
Succeeded by
William Burscough