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Thomas Stewart Townsend (1800–1852) [1] was an Irish Anglican bishop in the Church of Ireland in the 19th century. [2]

A bishop is an ordained, consecrated, or appointed member of the Christian clergy who is generally entrusted with a position of authority and oversight.

Church of Ireland Anglican church in Ireland

The Church of Ireland is a Christian church in Ireland and an autonomous province of the Anglican Communion. It is organised on an all-Ireland basis and is the second largest Christian church on the island after the Catholic Church. Like other Anglican churches, it has retained elements of pre-Reformation practice, notably its episcopal polity, while rejecting the primacy of the Pope. In theological and liturgical matters, it incorporates many principles of the Reformation, particularly those espoused during the English Reformation. The church self-identifies as being both catholic and Reformed. Within the church, differences exist between those members who are more Catholic-leaning and those who are more Protestant-leaning (evangelical). For historical and cultural reasons, the Church of Ireland is generally identified as a Protestant church.

He was successively Dean of Lismore and Dean of Waterford to 1850.He became Bishop of Meath in 1850 [3] and died in post in Málaga [4] on 16 September 1852. His Times obituary noted that “by his death the system of national education has lost an earnest advocate”. [5]

The Dean of Lismore is based at The Cathedral Church of St Carthage, Lismore in the united Diocese of Cashel and Ossory within the Church of Ireland.

The Dean of Waterford in the United Dioceses of Cashel and Ossory in the Church of Ireland is the dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford.

The Bishop of Meath is an episcopal title which takes its name after the ancient Kingdom of Meath. In the Roman Catholic Church it remains as a separate title, but in the Church of Ireland it has been united with another bishopric.

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  2. “A New History of Ireland”, Moody, T.M; Martin, F.X; Byrne, F.J; Cosgrove, F: Oxford Oxford University Press, 1976, ISBN   0-19-821745-5
  3. “History of the Diocese of Meath”, Healy, J., Dublin, Association for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1908
  4. IRELAND . The Morning Post (London, England), Tuesday, September 30, 1852; pg. 3; Issue 24579. 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II.
  5. The Times, Thursday, Sep 30, 1852; pg. 8; Issue 21234; col A Ireland. (From our own correspondent.)
Religious titles
Preceded by
Edward Adderly Stopford
Bishop of Meath
1850 1852
Succeeded by
Joseph Henderson Singer