Lord John George Beresford

(1773—1862) Church of Ireland archbishop of Armagh

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(1773–1862), Church of Ireland archbishop of Armagh 1822–62, having previously held the sees of Cork, Raphoe, Clogher, and Dublin. Younger son of the Ist marquis of Waterford and member of the powerful Beresford family, he was a conservative in matters of both church and state, and viewed tractarians with some suspicion. He opposed the granting of Catholic emancipation, seeing ‘Protestant ascendancy’ as intrinsic to the constitution. As archbishop of Armagh, when the Tithe War was at its fiercest, he drew heavily on his personal resources to aid clergy whose incomes were withheld.


From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.

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