Richard Woodward

(1726—1794) Church of Ireland bishop of Cloyne

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(1726–94), Church of Ireland bishop of Cloyne from 1781 to his death. The Poor Relief Act of 1772 owed much to Woodward's pamphlet on the subject, and he was a founder of the house of industry in Dublin. While urging in parliament repeal of the penal laws, he defended the Church of Ireland's established status. The Present State of the Church of Ireland (1787), written in response to the Rightboy movement, sought to refute criticisms from Catholics and dissenters.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.

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