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. 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
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Richard Davies
Bishop of St David's
Succeeded by
Anthony Rudd
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