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The Bishop of Kildare was the head of the diocese of Kildare, a historical diocese existing from the legendary time of Conláed ua hEimri (Saint Conleth).

After the episcopate of Walter Wellesley (1529–1539), there were parallel apostolic successions: Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic Church bishops. In the case of each church, the diocese was united with another: in the Church of Ireland with Dublin and Glendalough 1846-1976 and since 1976 with Meath, and in the Roman Catholic Church with Leighlin in 1694.

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Pre-Reformation Bishops

Kildare was famous in the early period principally for its abbey and nunnery, founded by Brigid of Kildare. For a list of abbesses and abbots, see List of abbots and abbesses of Kildare.

List of Pre-Reformation Bishops of Kildare [1][2]
Tenure Incumbent Notes
d. 520 Conláed ua hEimri Known as Saint Conleth; died, according to tradition, 3 May 520.
d. 639 Áed Dub mac Colmáin
d. 709 Máel Dobarchon Died 19 February 709.
d. 762 Eóthigern
d. 787 Lomthuile
d. 787 Snéidbran
d. 834 Tuathchar Scribe.
d. 840 Orthanach ua Cóellámae Cuirrig
d. 864 Áedgen Britt Scribe and anchorite.
d. 870 Móengal
d. 875 Robartach mac na Cerddac
d. 875 Lachtnán mac Mochthigirn
d. 881 Suibne ua Finsnechtai
d. 884 Scandal
d. 888 Lergus mac Cruinnén
d. 931 Crunnmáel
d. 981 Anmchad
d. 1030 Máel Martain
d. 1042 Máel Brigte
d. 1097 Máel Brigte int Sair Ua Broicháin
d. 1100 Áed Ua hEremóin
d. 1101 Ferdomnach
d. 1108 Máel Finnéin mac Donngaile
d. 1146 Cormac Ua Cathassaig
d. 1148 Ua Duibín
bef. 1152 – unknown Finn mac Máel Muire Mac Cianáin Became bishop before March 1152
d. 1160 Finn mac Gussáin Ua Gormáin
bef. 1161 – 1175 Malachias Ua Brain Became bishop before 1161; died 1 January 1175
bef. 1177 – 1180x1090 Nehemias Became bishop before 1177; fl. 1080–1190
1206 – 1223 Cornelius Mac Fáelán Became bishop 1206; died before March 1223; also recorded as Cornelius Mac Gelain
1223 – 1232 Ralph of Bristol Elected before 12 March 1223; died 24 August 1232
1233 – 1258 John of Taunton Elected before 6 August 1233; died circa June 1258
1258 – 1272 Simon of Kilkenny Elected before 21 October 1258; died April 1272
1279 – 1299 Nicholas Cusack, O.F.M.. Appointed 27 November 1279; consecrated between 15 May and 7 September 1280; died 5 September 1299
1300 – 1332 Walter Calf Elected before January 1300; died circa 29 November 1332; also recorded as Walter de Veel
1333 – 1352 Richard Houlot Elected before May 1333; appointed 24 May 1333; conscrated 18 October 1333; died 24 June 1352
1352 – 1365 Thomas Giffard Elected after June 1352; appointed 21 November 1352; consecrated 31 December 1352; died 25 September 1365
1365 – 1404 Robert of Acton, O.E.S.A. Elected 18 November 1365; provision 2 May 1366; resigned before April 1404
1404 – 1431 John Madock Appointed 9 April 1404; died before July 1431
1431 – 1446 William fitzEdward Appointed 20 July 1431 and again 8 August 1431; died April 1446
1447 – 1464 Geoffrey Hereford, O.P. Appointed 23 August 1447; consecrated April 1449; acted as suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Hereford; died before 1464
1456/7 – 1457 John Bole Elected circa 1456/57; never consecrated; appointed Archbishop of Armagh 2 May 1457; also recorded as John Bull
1464 – 1474 Richard Lang Appointed (by Pope Pius II) before August 1464; consecrated c.1464; deprived 28 July 1474; acted as a suffragan bishop in the dioceses of Chichester 1480 and Winchester 1488
1474 – 1475 David Conel Appointed 28 Jul 1474; consecrated after 6 September 1474; died before 5 April 1475
1475 – unknown James Wall, O.F.M. Appointed 5 April 1475; acted as a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of London 1485-1491; died 28 April 1494
unknown – 1492 William Barret Provision not known; acted as a suffragan bishop in the dioceses of Winchester 1502-1525 and the York 1530; resigned before 1492; also recorded as William Barnett
d. 1513 Edward Lane
1526 – c. 1529 Thomas Dillon, O.S.A.. Appointed 24 August 1526; died before July 1529
1529 – 1539 Walter Wellesley, O.S.A.. Appointed 1 July 1529; died before 18 October 1539

Post-Reformation Bishops

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Church of Ireland Succession

List of Church of Ireland Bishops of Kildare [3]
From Until Incumbent Notes
1540 1548 William Miagh Appointed to the see by Henry VIII in opposition to the Pope's appointment; died 15 December 1548
1550 1555 Thomas Lancaster Nominated 20 April 1560; consecrated July 1550; deprived 1554; later became Archbishop of Armagh
1555 1560 Thomas Leverous Nominated by the Crown (Mary I) on 1 March 1555 and confirmed by the Pope on 3 August 1555, and thus recognized also as the Roman Catholic bishop of Kildare; deposed by Elizabeth I in 1560 after refusing to take the Oath of Supremacy, so thereafter recognized as bishop only by the Roman Catholics.
1560 1564 Alexander Craik Nominated 17 May 1560; consecrated August 1560; died before 3 March 1564
1564 1583 Robert Daly Nominated 16 April 1564; consecrated May 1564; died between 23 February and 3 July 1583; also recorded as Robert Dale
1583 1603 Daniel O'Neylan Nominated 3 July 1583; consecrated November 1583; died 18 May 1603; also recorded as Donnell O'Neilan
1604 1635 William Pilsworth Nominated 23 July 1604; consecrated 11 September 1604; died 9 May 1635
1636 1642 Robert Ussher Formerly Provost of Trinity College, Dublin 1629-1634; nominated 19 October 1635; consecrated 25 February 1636; died 7 September 1642
1644 1650 William Golborne Nominated 17 May 1644; consecrated 1 December 1644; died 1650
1650 1660 See vacant
1661 1667 Thomas Price Nominated 8 October 1660; consecrated 10 March 1661; translated to Cashel 30 May 1667
1667 1682 Ambrose Jones Nominated 20 April 1667; consecrated 29 June 1667; died 15 December 1678
1679 1682 Anthony Dopping Nominated 3 January 1679; consecrated 2 February 1679; translated to Meath 11 February 1682
1682 1705 William Moreton Nominated 14 January 1682; consecrated 19 February 1682; translated to Meath 18 September 1705
1705 1732 Welbore Ellis Nominated 28 August 1705; consecrated 11 November 1705; translated to Meath 13 March 1732
1731 1743 Charles Cobbe Translated from Dromore; nominated 18 February 1732; appointed by letters patent 16 March 1732; translated to Dublin 4 March 1743
1743 1745 George Stone Nominated from Ferns; nominated 15 February 1743; appointed by letters patent 10 March 1743; translated to Derry 11 May 1745, and subsequently to Armagh 13 March 1747
1745 1761 Thomas Fletcher Translated from Dromore; nominated 26 April 1745; appointed by letters patent 14 May 1745; died 18 March 1761
1761 1765 Richard Robinson Translated from Ferns; nominated 26 March 1761; appointed by letters patent 13 April 1761; translated to Armagh 8 February 1765
1765 1790 Charles Jackson Nominated 8 February 1765; appointed by letters patent 25 February 1765; died 29 March 1790
1790 1804 George Lewis Jones Translated from Kilmore; nominated 7 May 1790; appointed by letters patent 5 June 1790; died 9 March 1804
1804 1846 Hon. Charles Lindsay Translated from Killaloe; nominated 9 May 1804; appointed by letters patent 14 May 1804; died 8 August 1846
From 1846 to 1976, Kildare had been part of the Diocese of Dublin, Kildare and Glendalough, and since 1976 it has been part of the Diocese of Meath and Kildare.

Roman Catholic Succession

List of Roman Catholic Bishops of Kildare [4]
From Until Incumbent Notes
1540 Donald O'Beachan, O.F.M. Appointed 16 July 1540; died shortly afterwards in the same month
1540 unknown Thady Reynolds Appointed 15 November 1540; accepted Royal Supremacy and was recognized by Henry VIII as a suffragan bishop of George Browne, Archbishop of Dublin (Church of Ireland), but not as Bishop of Kildare
1555 1577 Thomas Leverous Nominated by the Crown (Mary I) on 1 March 1555 and confirmed by the Pope on 3 August 1555; deposed by Elizabeth I in 1560 after refusing to take the Oath of Supremacy, but recognized as bishop by the Roman Catholics until his death in 1577.
1619 unknown James Talbot Vicar Apostolic, brief 14 September 1619
1622 unknown Donatus Doolin Vicar Apostolic, brief 14 January 1622
1628 c.1641/44 Roche MacGeoghegan, O.P. Appointed 5 May 1628 and again 12 February 1629; died circa 1641 and 1644
1665 unknown James Dempsey Vicar Apostolic, appointed 24 November 1665
1671 unknown Patrick Dempsey Vicar Apostolic, appointed 30 June 1671
1676 1683 Mark Forestal O.S.A. Appointed 8 October 1676; appointed administrator of the Diocese of Leighlin on 5 September 1678; died 7 February 1683
From 1683 to 1694, the bishops of Kildare were administrators of the bishopric of Leighlin.
1683 1693 Edward Wesley Appointed 2 August 1683; died 1693
1694 c.1707 John Dempsey Appointed 8 February 1694; died circa 1707
By a formal decree of union, dated 29 November 1694, the bishopric of Leighlin was united to bishopric of Kildare, forming the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin.

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References

  1. ^ Moody, T. W.; Martin, F. X.; Byrne, F. J., eds. (1984), Maps, Genealogies, Lists: A Companion to Irish History, Part II, New History of Ireland: Volume XI, Oxford: Oxford University Press, ISBN 0198217455  
  2. ^ Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S. et al., eds. (1986), Handbook of British Chronology (Third Edition, revised ed.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 357–358, ISBN 0-521-56350-X  
  3. ^ Fryde, ibid., pp. 394-395.
  4. ^ Fryde, ibid., p. 431.

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