Thomas Smyth (bishop)

Thomas Smyth (1650 – 1725) was an Irish bishop in the last decade of the 17th century and the first three of the 18th.[1]


He was born at Dundrum, the son of William Smyth and Mary Dewdall. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He became vice-chancellor of Trinity College in 1714.[2]

A former Dean of Emly,[3] Smith was nominated Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe on 15 November 1695 and consecrated on 8 December 1695. He died on 4 May 1725.[4]


Smyth married Dorothea, daughter of Ulysses Burgh. They had 10 sons and three daughters. The seventh son was George Smyth, and the eighth Arthur Smyth.[2]


  1. A New History of Ireland, Moody, T. W.; Martin, F. X.; Byrne, F. J.; Cosgrove, A.: Oxford, OUP, 1976 ISBN 0-19-821745-5
  2. 1 2 William Courthope (1838). Debrett's Complete Peerage of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Printed for J. G. & F. Rivington. p. 649. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  3. "Fasti ecclesiæ hibernicæ: the succession of the prelates in Ireland" Cotton,H Dublin, Hodges & Smith, 1860
  4. Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 400–401. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
Church of Ireland titles
Preceded by
Ulysses Burgh
Dean of Emly
Succeeded by
Richard Reader
Preceded by
Nathaniel Wilson
Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe
Succeeded by
William Burscough

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