Edward Synge

Life
1659-1741; s. of Edward Synge (d.1678); ed. Christ Church, Oxford, BA 11677; MA, TCD,; vicar of Christ Church, Cork; bishop of Raphoe, 1714; archbishop of Tuam, 1716; resigned a quarter of his tithes for improvement of livings in his diocese; privy councillor, 1716; one of the keepers of the Great Seal, 1717-18; opposed Toleration Bill, 1719 [i.e., the removal of the Test for Presbyterians]; published religious tracts and sermons; noted by Lecky for his great influence with the gentry of Ireland, even above that of Archbishop King (History of Irel. in the 18th c., 1892, p.432).

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Notes
Census man: While bishop of Elphin in 1749, Edward Synge, Jnr. and ordered a religious census of the diocese. (See Gerard McCoy, ‘“Patriots, Protestants and Papists”: Religion and the Ascendancy, 1714-60’, in Bullán: An Irish Studies Journal, . 1 1, Spring 1994, p.106.

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