1613-1667; bishop of Down and Connor, and administrator of Dromore; ed.
Cambridge, MA 1634; attracted Lauds attention by his preaching;
sent by Laud to Oxford; chaplain to Laud and Charles I; preached gunpowder
treason sermon at St. Marys, Oxon., upholding penal legislation
of Elizabeth I; several English livings; prisoner after royalist defeat
before Cardigan Castle, 1645; best works in retirement at Golden Grove,
Carmarthenshire, incl. Liberty of Prophesying (1946); Holy Living
(1650); Holy Dying (1651); received personal gifts from Charles
I before his execution; prisoner at Chepstow, 1655; arrived in Ireland
to hold lectureship at the magnificent Portmore House, Ballindarry; nr.
Lisburn, 1658; dedicated Ductor Dubitantium to Charles II, 1660,
and made Bishop of Down and Connor, 1661; entered hostilities with dissenters,
evicting Presbyterian incumbents of 36 parishes to replace them with Church
of England men; built cathedral at Dromore; ordered destruction by fire
of copies of Liberty of Prophesying; dedicated Confirmation
to Ormonde (1663); Dissuasive from Popery (1664); pleaded for English
bishopric, 1664; also A Discourse of Auxiliary Beauty (1656) and
A Discourse of Friendship (1657); d. in Ireland. ODNB OCEL
Colin McKelvie, Jeremy Taylors recommendations for a library
of Anglican theology (1600), Irish Booklore, Vol. 4, no.
2 (1980); P. J. Kavanagh, Voices in Ireland (John Murray 1994),
p.19-21; Thomas K. Carroll, Wisdom and Wasteland: Jeremy Taylor in
his Prose and Preaching (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2002), 288pp.
Fidelis Morgan, The Female Wits: Women Playwrights on the London Stage 1660-1720 (London: Virago 1981) notes that he was correspondent of Katherine Philips and member of her Friends.
Margaret Drabble , ed.,
Oxford Companion of English Literature (OUP: 1985); son of barber;
after Cambridge with Lauds patronage, became Fellow of All souls,
Oxford; rector of Uppingham, 1638; d. Lisburn and buried in the cathedral
there; fame rests on the combined simplicity and splendour of his style,
notably in Holy Living and Holy Dying; Liberty is
an argument for religious toleration; Eniautos, sermons for the
Christian Year (1653); Ductor, a general instrument of moral
theology (1660); The Worthy Communicant (1660).
Belfast Public Library holds
Hugh Ross Williamson, Jeremy Taylor (London: Dennis Dobson ),
179pp, front. (port.), bibl.; also Willmott, Robert Aris, Bishop Jeremy
Taylor, 2nd ed. (1848), 311pp.