Marmaduke Middleton

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Marmaduke Middleton (died 1593) was an English bishop.


He was educated at the University of Oxford, but left before graduating.[1] He was vicar of Parish of Coolock (Church of Ireland) and Dunboyne, in Ireland, and then rector of Killure[disambiguation needed]. In 1579 he became bishop of Waterford and Lismore, in the Church of Ireland. In office during the Desmond Rebellions, he complained of the strong Catholic and rebel feeling in Waterford,[2][3] and the attitude of the Mayor Patrick Walsh.[4][5]

In 1582 he was translated, becoming bishop of St Davids.[6] He was attacked by Lewis Gunter, who made many accusations against him.[7] He then faced charges in the Court of High Commission, including forgery of a will.[8] He was deprived of his see in 1593, dying shortly afterwards.


  1. ^ Concise Dictionary of National Biography
  2. ^ The Rise of Feagh McHugh O'Byrne in Gaelic Leinster
  3. ^ The Church in Ireland During the Reigns of Mary and Elizabeth (1553-1603) @ ELCore.Net
  4. ^ The Church - The Other Side - Waterford County Museum
  5. ^ Patrick Rafroidi, Barbara Hayley, Christopher Murray, Ireland and France, a Bountiful Friendship: Literature, History, and Ideas (2002), p. 10.
  6. ^ St Davids Cathedral: Bishop - Past Bishops
  7. ^ Natalie Mears, Queenship and Political Discourse in the Elizabethan Realms (2005), p. 242.
  8. ^ History of the Catholic Church from the Renaissance to the French Revolution, Volume 2 - Part IV Archived 2005-11-11 at the Wayback Machine.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Richard Davies
Bishop of St David's
Succeeded by
Anthony Rudd
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