Henry de Loundres

Arms displayed by Henry de Loundres as Archbishop of Dublin, at the signing of Magna Charta

Henry de Loundres[1] (died 1228) was an Anglo-Norman churchman who was Archbishop of Dublin, from 1213 to 1228.[2] He was an influential figure in the reign of John of England, an administrator and loyalist to the king, and is mentioned in the text of the Magna Carta, the terms of which he helped to negotiate.[3]

He was dean of Stafford in 1207,[4] and commissioned a church in Penkridge.[5] He had continuing interests in Staffordshire.[6]

He was justiciar in Ireland from 1213, his deputy Geoffery de Marisco executing the responsibilities during the bishop's absence in Rome;[7] [8] and attempted unsuccessfully to have one of his clerks appointed Bishop of Cork in 1214.[9] He was resisted by Donnchad Ua Longargain, Archbishop of Cashel, in his attempts to make the church hierarchy in Ireland more Anglo-Norman.[10]

He organized his archdiocese and made his cathedral see at the enlarged St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin.[11] He was a major figure in the completion by 1230 of Dublin Castle,[12] and had a hostel for pilgrims built in Dublin.[13] In 1220 he ordered the extinction of the flame kept burning in Kildare Abbey,[14] as a remaining pagan association.


  1. Henri de Diveline, Henry of London, Henry le Blund, Henry le Blount.
  2. Dublin Diocesan Jubilee Website: Primary School Resources
  3. J. C. Holt, Magna Carta (second edition 1992), pp. 366-7, 449.
  4. Colleges - Stafford, St Mary | British History Online
  5. Religion in Penkridge
  6. Colleges - Penkridge, St Michael | British History Online
  7. One period 1210 to 1215 ; in 1213 according to A. L. Poole, Domesday Book to Magna Carta p. 315.
  8. O'Mahony, Charles (1912). The Viceroys of Ireland. p. 21.
  9. Warren - Church and state in Angevin Ireland
  10. Maurice Powicke, The Thirteenth Century (1962 edition), p. 568 note.
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  12. Dublin Castle - History Chapter 3
  13. PDF, p. 125.
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