John Darley (bishop)

For other people named John Darley, see John Darley (disambiguation).
John Richard Darley

John Richard Darley DD (1799 – 1884), a "man who laboured strenuously to awaken and sustain the practical interest of the clergy and laity",[1] was a 19th-century Irish Anglican Bishop.[2]

Born in County Monaghan and educated at the Royal School Dungannon and Trinity College, Dublin, he was later Headmaster of his old school.[3] Ordained in 1826 he was the Rector of Drumgoon and Archdeacon of Ardagh before elevation to the Episcopate[4] as the 6th Bishop of the United Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh. In 1859, Darley both built and financed the running of a school at Cootehill, Co. Cavan. Today, this school is known as the Darley National School. [5]


  1. The Times, Tuesday, Jan 22, 1884; pg. 6; Issue 31036; col B Obituary John Richard Darley
  2. "Darley , John Richard (1799–1884)'", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Blacker,B.H (Oxford, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004) ISBN 0-19-861411-X
  3. Genealogical web site
  4. National Church Institutions Database of Manuscripts and Archives
  5. Jonathan A. Smyth, 'John Richard Darley (1799-1884), Bishop, Scholar & Philanthropist', Breifne, vol.xi, no.44. (2008)
Religious titles
Preceded by
Thomas Carson
Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh
1874 1884
Succeeded by
Samuel Shone
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