Abbots, Bishops and Archbishops

Archbishop Clarke is the latest in a long line of Archbishops of Armagh. A plaque at the back of the Cathedral lists the names dating back to 444 when Patrick was the first Bishop.

This list is reproduced below together with thumbnail versions of the paintings of Archbishops dating back to Henry Ussher in 1595. Until 1106 the incumbent held the title of Bishop or Abbot thereafter Archbishop.

Abbots / Bishops

444 Patrick
467 Benigus
481 Jarlath
497 Cormac
513 Dubthach
526 Ailill I
536 Ailill II
551 David O’Faranan
588 Carlaen
623 Maclaisre
640 Thomian MacRonan
688 Segeni
730 Suibhne
732 Congusa
794 Affiath
811 Nuadha
818 Artri

835 Forannan
862 Mael Patrick I
875 Fethgna
883 Cathasach MacRobartach
893 Mochta
900 Maelaithghin
903 Cellach
915 Mael Ciarain
936 Joseph
936 Mael Patrick II
936 Cathasach MacDolgen
944 Maelmuire
1006 Airindach
1032 Maeltuile
1032 Hugh O’Ferris
1096 Mael Patrick III
1099 Caincomrac O’Boyle


ARCHBISHOPS

1105 Cellach mac Aeda meic Mael Isu [Celsus]
1132 Mael maedoc Ua Morgair [Malachais]
1137 Gilla Meic Liac mac Diarmata meic Ruaidri [Gelasius]
1174 Conchobar O Conchaille [Concors]
1175 Gille in Coimhedh O Caran [Gilbertus]
1180 Tomaltach O Conchobair [Thomas]
1184 Mael Isu Ua Cerbaill [Malachias]
1202 Echdonn mac Gilla Uidir [Eugenius]
1217 Lucas Neterville
1227 Donatus O Fidabra
1240 Albert Suebeer of Cologne
1247 Reginald
1258 Abraham O’Conallain
1261 Mael Patraic O Scannail
1270 Nicol Mac Mael Isu
1303 Michael MacLochlainn (not confirmed)
1304 Dionysius (not confirmed)
1306 John Taaffe
1307 Walter Jorz
1311 Roland Jorz
1324 Stephen Segrave
1334 David Mag Oireachtaigh
1347 Richard FitzRalph
1362 Milo Sweetman
1383 John Colton
1404 Nicholas Fleming
1418 John Swayne
1439 John Prene
1444 John Mey
1457 John Bole [Bull]
1471 John Foxhalls or Foxholes
1475 Edmund Connesburgh
1480 Ottaviano Spinelli [de Palatio]
1513 John Kite
1521 George Cromer
1543 George Dowdall
1552 Hugh Goodacre

1553 George Dowdall (again)
1560 Donat MacTeague [Not recognized by Crown 1562]
1563 Adam Loftus
1568 Thomas Lancaster
1584 John Long
1589 John Garvey
1595 Henry Ussher
1613 Christopher Hampton
1625 James Ussher
[Interregnum 1656-61]
1661 John Bramhall
1663 James Margetson
1679 Michael Boyle
1703 Narcissus Marsh
1714 Thomas Lindsay
1724 Hugh Boulter
1742 John Hoadly
1747 George Stone
1765 Richard Robinson [afterwards Baron Rokeby]
1795 William Newcome
1800 William Stuart
1822 John George Beresford
United to Clogher 1850-86
1862 Marcus Gervais Beresford
1886 Robert Bentknox
1893 Robert Samuel Gregg
1896 William Alexander
1911 John Baptist Crozier
1920 Charles Frederick D’Arcy
1938 John Godfrey FitzMaurice Day
1939 John Allen Fitzgerald Gregg
1959 James McCann
1969 George Otto Simms
1980 John Ward Armstrong
1986 Robert Henry Alexander Eames
2007 Alan Edwin Thomas Harper
2012 Richard Lionel Clarke



Henry Ussher

Christopher Hampton

James Ussher

John Bramhall

James Margetson



Michael Boyle

Narcissus Marsh

Thomas Lindsay

Hugh Boulter

John Hoadly



George Stone

Richard Robinson (Lord Rokeby)

William Newcome

William Stuart

Lord John George Beresford



Marcus Gervais Beresford

Robert Knox

Robert Samuel Gregg

William Alexander

John Baptist Crozier



Charles Frederick d’Arcy

John Godfrey Fitzmaurice Day

John Allen Fitzgerald Gregg

James McCann

George Otto Simms



John Ward Armstrong

Robert Henry Alexander Eames

Alan Edwin Thomas Harper

Richard Lionel Clarke