The politics of preferment
The marquess of Ormond, Archbishop Ussher and the appointment of Irish bishops, 1643–47
in Ireland in crisis
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This chapter looks at the marquess of Ormond’s involvement with Archbishop Ussher and the running of the Church of Ireland, specifically the appointment of bishops. It shows not only the determination of Ormond to keep the church hierarchy filled with suitably able men – which was especially important during the negotiations with the confederates, in which the future of church property was paramount – but also his sympathies with Calvinist divines such as Dr Henry Jones of Clogher, who could provide robust opposition to the covenanters as well as the Catholics. The chapter thus provides yet another layer to the complicated negotiations conducted by Ormond in the mid-1640s, reinforcing the impression that the lord lieutenant was a politician of considerable ingenuity.

Ireland in crisis

War, politics and religion, 1641–50

Editor: Patrick Little
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