Stephen de Fulborn

(c. 1248—1288) justiciar of Ireland and archbishop of Tuam

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Bishop of Waterford 1273–86, archbishop of Tuam 1286–8, treasurer 1274–85, justiciar 1281–8. Appointed treasurer of Ireland in 1274 as part of a campaign to reform the administration, he was summoned to the English exchequer in 1285 to answer accusations of corruption arising from an examination of the government of Ireland conducted the previous year. He was found to owe the crown over £13,000, but was pardoned this sum and allowed to continue as justiciar until his death in 1288. He complained about the appointment of sheriffs from England in Irish counties. He established a mint at Waterford in 1281 and in the following year arranged for the murder of Art and Muirchertach MacMurrough (MacMurchadha) by the English of Leinster. In 1286 the pope transferred him to the vacant archbishopric of Tuam and made his brother Walter bishop of Waterford. Walter acted as deputy treasurer in the Irish administration.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

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