Frederick Augustus Hervey

(1730—1803) Church of Ireland bishop of Derry

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(1730–1803), Church of Ireland bishop, peer, radical politician, and eccentric. Appointed bishop of Cloyne when his brother, the 2nd earl of Bristol, was briefly lord lieutenant (1766–7), he was translated to Derry in 1768. In 1779 he succeeded his brother as earl. He appeared with great ceremonial at the Volunteer National Convention of 1783, and took a leading part in the proceedings, much to the alarm of Charlemont, who consciously used his position as commander-in-chief to negate Hervey's influence. He was an open supporter of Catholic emancipation, and cultivated good relations with Methodists and Presbyterians in his diocese. A lover of fine art, he spent much of his time in Italy.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.

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