Bishop John Jebb

From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878

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Jebb, John, Bishop of Limerick, was born at Drogheda, 27th September 1775. He received his early education at Celbridge and Londonderry, and entered Trinity College, where he distinguished himself. In 1799 he ordained, and entered upon a curacy at Swanlinbar. He gradually gained preferment, and was consecrated Bishop of Limerick in 1823. He was the author of several theological works. He died 7th December 1833, aged 58, having been incapacitated from any public duties for six years by paralysis. The London Christian Observer said of him,: "Perhaps he approaches more closely the standard of the amiable and pious Fenelon, whose deeply spiritual sentiments we could sometimes fancy him to have enunciated with the superior energy of a Massillon or a Bourdaloue." He is spoken of by another writer as an "amiable, accomplished, and pious man,.. one of the most engaging and soundly constituted characters that have ever been delineated for the lasting benefit of mankind." The name of this divine will perhaps survive longest in his correspondence with Alexander Knox. [See KNOX, ALEXANDER.]

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16. Authors, Dictionary of British and American: S. Austin Allibone. 3 vols. Philadelphia, 1859-'71.

42. Biographical Dictionary: Rev. Hugh J. Rose. 12 vols. London, 1850.

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