[4th Baron] William Conyngham Plunket

Life
1828-1897; grandson of William Conyngham (1st Baron) and of Charles Kendal Bushe; ed. Cheltenham College, and TCD, BA1853; ord. 1857; chaplain to his uncle, Thomas Plunket, Bishop of Tuam; rector of Kilmoylan and Cummer, 1858; m. Ann, dg. Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness (d. 1889; commemorated with a stain-glass window in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin); treasurer of St Patrick’s Cathedral, 1864; bishop of Meath, 1876-84; leader of evangelical party in Irish church and active in Irish Church Missions Society; sought unification of Protestant churches, opposed Disestablishment of Church of Ireland; reorganised Church of Ireland Teacher Training College; archbishop of Dublin, Glendalough and Kildare, 1884; dean of Christ Church Cathedral, 1884-87; aided cause of Protestant reform in Spain and Italy; writings incl. Book for Tourists in Ireland (1863); Short Visit to Connemara Missions (1863); All Things are Ready, A Sermon (1865); Church and Census in Ireland (1865); The Missionary Character and Responsibility of Our Church in This Land (1865); a memoir of Plunket appeared in the New Irish Magazine and Monthly National Advocate (October, 1822); there is a prominent monument and statue on Kildare St. ODNB DIH.

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Works
Frederick Douglas How, William Conyngham Plunket, 4th Baron Plunket and 61st Archbishop of Dublin, A Memoir (Isbister 1900); also An Archbishop of Dublin, commemorated by Shan Bullock in Loyal Heart and True [q.d; BELF].

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