Archbishop Patrick Russell

Russell, Patrick, Archbishop of Dublin, was born at Rush, in the County of Dublin, in 1629. In August 1683 he was appointed by the Pope Archbishop of Dublin. He could with difficulty exercise his functions in public, and was frequently obliged to conceal himself amongst his relatives at Rush. After James II.'s accession he held several synods for arranging the shattered affairs of the Church, and through his influence the King was induced to settle £200 per annum out of the Irish revenues upon the Catholic bishops. During James's residence in Dublin the Archbishop took a prominent part in public affairs. After the battle of the Boyne he was tracked to his concealment in the country, and cast into prison, and lingered in a filthy underground cell until 14th July 1692, when death put an end to his sufferings.


74. Catholic Faith in Ireland, Memorials of those who Suffered for: Myles O'Reilly. London, 1868.