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William Plunket, 4th Baron Plunket

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William Conyngham Plunket, 4th Baron Plunket (26 August 18281 April 1897) was a Church of Ireland Dean of Christ Church Cathedral and Archbishop of Dublin.

Life

Born in Dublin, Plunket was educated at Cheltenham College and Trinity College, Dublin before being appointed chaplain and private secretary to his uncle, the Bishop of Tuam, in 1857, a post he held for seven years. The following year, he became Rector of Kilmoyan and Cummer in County Galway, and in 1863 he married Anne Lee Guinness, daughter of Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness.

In 1864, he returned to Dublin as Treasurer of St Patrick's Cathedral, of which he was appointed Preceptor in 1869.

In 1876, Lord Plunket (as he became on succeeding his father in 1871) was consecrated Bishop of Meath, and in 1884 he was finally appointed Archbishop of Dublin, an office he held until his death. He was Dean of Christ Church Cathedral from 1884 until 1887.

Plunket received an honorary degree from Cambridge University in 1888. He also served as a Commissioner of Education from 1895 onwards, and was a senator of the Royal University of Ireland.

His wife having precedeased him in 1889, Lord Plunket died aged 68 in Dublin, where he was buried. His statue may be seen in Kildare Street, Dublin near Leinster House.

Religious titles Preceded by
Richard Chenevix TrenchArchbishop of Dublin
1884-1897 Succeeded by
Joseph Ferguson Peacocke Peerage of the United KingdomPreceded by
John Plunket Baron Plunket
1871-1897 Succeeded by
William Plunket
Categories: 1828 births | 1897 deaths | People from Dublin (city) | Barons in the Peerage of the United Kingdom | Anglican Archbishops of Dublin | Old Cheltonians | People associated with Trinity College, DublinHidden categories: Articles lacking sources from April 2008 | All articles lacking sources

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