John Butler

(c. 1731—1800) Roman Catholic bishop of Cork

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(c.1731–1800), Catholic bishop of Cork from 1763 until 1787 when he resigned to marry a cousin, conforming a few months later to the Church of Ireland. His desertion followed his unexpected inheritance of the family estates, and the title Lord Dunboyne, on the death of two brothers and a nephew. Butler returned to Catholicism just before his death, and left part of his estate to Maynooth College.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

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