Archbishop Edward Synge - Irish Biography

Synge, Edward, Archbishop of Tuam, was born in Cork in 1659. He was a Doctor in Divinity of the University of Dublin, was rector of St. Werburgh's, in 1714 was consecrated Bishop of Raphoe, and in 1716 was translated to the archbishopric of Tuam. This prelate voluntarily resigned to his clergy the "Quarta pars Episcopalis" of the tithes of the diocese, which his predecessors had always enjoyed. Cotton says: "He presided over his sees with exemplary diligence for twenty-five years; and during that time exerted himself in the publication of tracts upon religious and moral subjects, to the number of fifty or more. A list of these may be seen in Ware's Writers. Many of them have been adopted by the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge." He died at Tuam, 23rd July 1741, aged about 82, and was buried in the churchyard of his cathedral. [There was an extraordinary succession of prelates of the Irish Church in his family. His father (Edward), his uncle (George), and his two sons (Edward and Nicholas) were bishops.]


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