Richard Marlay

The Rt Rev Richard Marlay , DD[1] was Dean of Ferns from 1769 to 1787; and Bishop of Clonfert and Kilmacduagh from 1787 to 1795[2] when he was translated to Waterford and Lismore.[3] He died in post on 1 July 1802.[4]

He was the younger surviving son of Thomas Marlay, Lord Chief Justice of Ireland, and his wife Anne Delaune. Henry Grattan, the noted statesman, was his nephew, son of his sister Mary Marlay, who married James Grattan. He was the nephew of another Church of Ireland bishop, George Marlay, Bishop of Dromore; George's branch of the family gave their name to Marlay Park. Richard's elder brother was the soldier Colonel Thomas Marlay.


  1. Byronian web site
  2. Fanny Burney Diary and Letters of Madame D'Arblay, 1778--1840; Vol V; ed. Charlotte Barrett. London: Macmillan, 1905
  3. The Gentleman's Magazine; Volume 77
  4. Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. Handbook of British Chronology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996 ISBN 0-521-56350-X, ISBN 9780521563505
Church of Ireland titles
Preceded by
John Alcock
Dean of Ferns
Succeeded by
Thomas Stopford
Preceded by
John Law
Bishop of Clonfert and Kilmacduagh
Succeeded by
Charles Brodrick
Preceded by
William Newcome
Bishop of Waterford and Lismore
1795 1802
Succeeded by
Power Le Poer Trench
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