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|The History and Topography of the County of Clare by James Frost|
List of the Protestant Bishops of Killaloe
I shall now give a list of the Protestant bishops of Killaloe, taken from Ware and from other sources:—
1546-1555. Cornelius O’Dea was appointed bishop of Killaloe by King Heny VIII. in July 1546, and by royal command was consecrated by his metropolitan. He had been previously chaplain to Murrogh Earl of Thomond. He presided over the diocese for about nine years.
1570-1612. Murtogh O’Brien-Arra was appointed bishop by letters patent of Elizabeth, dated 15th of May, 1570, and had his writ of restitution to the temporalities the same day. He received the profits of the see for six years before his consecration, but being at last consecrated, he sat about thirty-six years afterwards. He died on the last day of April, 1613, having voluntarily resigned a year before.
1612-1632. John Rider was born at Carrington in Cheshire, and educated at Jesus College Oxford. He was consecrated bishop on the 12th of January, 1612, and he died on the 12th of November 1632, at Killaloe, where he was buried in St. Flannan’s church. In this prelate’s time, King James I., by an order to the Lord Deputy and Lord Chancellor, dated 26th February, 1619, commanded his letters patent to issue, granting to the see 21 quarters or plowlands in the county of Clare, commonly known by the name of Termon I. Grady alias Tomgraney,  and ordered that the bishop should renew his patent with the addition of the said lands, and of such other lands as he should recover in right of his bishopric. 
1633-1646. Lewis Jones was born in Wales. He was advanced to this see from the deanery of Cashel by letters patent of Charles I. He died at Dublin in 1646, in the 104th year of his age, and was buried at St. Werburgh’s church. He was called the vivacious bishop of Killaloe, and married a young wife after he was three score years old.
1647-1650. Edward Parry, a native of Newry, was consecrated bishop of Killaloe in 1647. He died at Dublin, of the plague in 1650, and was buried at St. Audeon’s church.
1660-1669. Edward Worth was a native of the county of Cork, and was advanced to this see by letters patent of Charles II., dated 1660; he had his consecration and writ of restitution to the temporalities on the same day, with a retrospective clause as to the mesne profits from the death of Bishop Parry. He died at Hackney near London, in 1669, and was buried in the church of St. Mildred in London. He founded an hospital in the south suburbs of the city of Cork, called St. Stephen’s or the Blue Coat Hospital, for the support and education of poor boys, and endowed it with lands for its maintenance.
1669-1674. Daniel Witter was chaplain of James duke of Ormond. He became bishop of Killaloe in 1669, and died in 1674. By his will he bequeathed his stock, books, and furniture, to be sold for the use of the church of Killaloe, to buy a silver flagon for the altar, and to procure the Commandments, Creed, Lord’s Prayer, &c., to be hung up in the church.
1675-1692. John Roan, a Welshman, was appointed bishop by letters patent in 1675. He died in 1692 at his episcopal house near Killaloe, and was buried at the east end of the cathedral. His tomb bears the following inscription: “Hic jacet corpus Joannis Roan, S.S. Theologiae Doctoris, Laonensis Episcopi, qui obiit 5o die Septembris, A.D. 1692.”
1693-1695. Henry Rider was born at Paris, and was educated at Westminster School. He was consecrated in 1693, and died at Dublin in 1695.
1695-1713. Thomas Lindsay, D.D. was born and educated at Blandford in Dorsetshire. He was translated from Killaloe to Raphoe in 1713, and was subsequently raised to the archbishopric of Armagh.
1713, 1714. Sir Thomas Vesey was son of archbishop Vesey
of Tuam, and was born at Cork when his father was dean there. From Killaloe
he was promoted to Ossory.
1742. John Ryder, D.D., was educated at Cambridge. In
1743 he was translated from this see to that of Down and Connor, and subsequently
promoted to Tuam.
1746. Nicholas Synge, D.D., second son of Edward, archbishop
of Tuam, and brother of Edward, bishop of Elphin. He was the fifth and
last prelate of an episcopal family, being the grand-nephew, grandson,
and brother of a bishop, himself a bishop, and an archbishop’s son.
In 1753 Kilfenora was united to Killaloe. Bishop Synge died in 1771, and
was buried at Dublin.
1780. Thomas Barnard, D.D., eldest son of the bishop
of Derry, was for fourteen years prelate of Killaloe, from whence he was
advanced to Limerick. The reader of Boswell’s Life of Johnson
will recognise in him the friend of Burke, Reynolds, Goldsmith, and Johnson.
1820. Richard Mant, D.D., Oxford, was domestic chaplain
to the archbishop of Canterbury. In 1823 he was advanced from this see
to that of Down and Connor.
1831. Hon. Edmund Knox, D.D., seventh son of Thomas,
first Viscount Northland, and brother of a former bishop of Killaloe,
was appointed. In four years afterwards he obtained the see of Limerick.
Just at the time Killaloe became thus vacant it was added to the dioceses
of Clonfert and Kilmacduagh, and Dr. Butson appointed bishop of the whole.
He held them for two years only, and died in 1836.