Protestant bishops

Robert Echlin

Read account of family here

James Spottiswood

Read a biography of Bishop Spottiswood here

James Ussher and John Bramhall here

Rawdon Papers here

Bishop William Bedell

In 1629 the celebrated William Bedell was appointed to the bishopric of Kilmore. Bedell has a reputation as a reforming bishop, though this frequently put him at odds with his fellow clergy, while he was also accused of being an Arminian and being too soft on Catholicism. Bedell was conscious of the need to improve the infrastructure of the Church and under his direction a major programme of church building in Kilmore diocese was initiated.  Bedell also sought to introduce an effective pastorate.

He was the subject of numerous writings, links to some of which are given below:

Memoir of the life and episcopate of Dr William Bedell, by Alexander Clogie (his son-in-law) Read here

The life of William Bedell, by Gilbert Burnett Read here

Two biographies of William Bedell, bishop of Kilmore, with a selection of his letters and an unpublished treatise, by E. S. Shuckburgh Read here