John Cumin

(c. 1174—1212) archbishop of Dublin and royal servant

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(d. 1212), archbishop of Dublin 1181–1212. Originally from Somerset, Cumin served Henry II as administrator, judge, and diplomat. He supported the king in his feud with Archbishop Becket of Canterbury, and was ex-communicated for a time by the pope. Following the death of Laurence O'Toole (Lorcán Ua Tuathail) in 1181, Henry II secured Cumin's election as archbishop of Dublin. He was the first Englishman to be appointed to an Irish see.


From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

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