Document ReferencePl C 52/127
TitleLetter from T[homas O'Beirne] Bishop of Meath to [W.H.C. Bentinck] 3rd Duke of Portland; 28 Feb. 1801
Date28 February 1801
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionSends duke his opinion on the provision that should be made for the Irish Catholic clergy, a copy of which he also sent to Lord Castlereagh; knows the duke wants Protestantism increased; believes that the zealousness of the Catholic priests at the moment will diminish once their livelihood is assured; their survival will no longer depend on the Catholic rebels' support; believes that the Catholics in Ireland will learn from the 'lesson' of the past years; argues that where priests did maintain control, they persuaded people that it was right to burn and murder Protestants; elsewhere, where priests had no authority, violence could not be controlled; sees this period as a time when the established church can expand; however, believes it needs to assume a new character and spirit; thanks the duke for his thoughts about this.

Letter signed 'T.L. Meath'
Termreligions, Roman Catholicism, Irish
Irish affairs, politics
civil disorder, religious
Irish affairs, civil disorder

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA32444Stewart; Robert (1739-1821); 1st Marquess of Londonderry; cr Marquis in 1816; also Viscount Castlereagh and Earl of Londonderry1739-1821
NA35751O'Beirne; Thomas L. (c.1748-1823); Bishop of Meath; chaplain to Lord Fitzwilliam 1794; Bishop of Ossory 1795-98c.1748-1823
NA905Bentinck; William H.C. Cavendish- (1738-1809); 3rd Duke of Portland; succ. 17621738-1809
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