Thomas Walsh (Vicar Apostolic of the London District)

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Thomas Walsh
Vicar Apostolic of the London District
Appointed17 July 1848
Term ended18 February 1849
Predecessor Thomas Griffiths
Successor Nicholas Wiseman
Other posts Titular Bishop of Cambysopolis
Ordination19 September 1801
Consecration1 May 1825
by  John Milner
Personal details
Born(1776-10-03)3 October 1776
London, England
Died18 February 1849(1849-02-18) (aged 72)
Nationality English
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Bishop Thomas Walsh (1776 – 1849) was a Roman Catholic clergyman and Vicar Apostolic who served the Midlands area of the United Kingdom. He was born in London on 3 October 1776, and ordained priest on 19 September 1801. At the age of 46, he was made Coadjutor Vicar Apostolic of the Midland District (of England) by the Pope, Leo XII, with the title of bishop of Cambysopylis, assisting Bishop John Milner. He succeeded to the Vicariate on the death of Bishop Milner in 1826.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John Milner
Vicar Apostolic of the Midland District
District divided
New title Vicar Apostolic of the Central District
Succeeded by
William Bernard Ullathorne
Preceded by
Thomas Griffiths
Vicar Apostolic of the London District
Succeeded by
Nicholas Wiseman

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