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 Coolock and Dunboyne, in Ireland, and then rector of Killare, County Meath.[2] 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,[3][4] and the attitude of the Mayor Patrick Walsh.[5][6]

In 1582 he was translated, becoming bishop of St Davids in Wales.[7] He was attacked by Lewis Gunter, who made many accusations against him.[8] He then faced charges in the Court of High Commission, including forgery of a will.[9] He was deprived of his see in 1593, dying shortly afterwards.


  1. ^ Concise Dictionary of National Biography
  2. ^ Walker, David. "Middleton, Marmaduke". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/18678.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ The Rise of Feagh McHugh O'Byrne in Gaelic Leinster
  4. ^ The Church in Ireland During the Reigns of Mary and Elizabeth (1553-1603) @ ELCore.Net
  5. ^ The Church - The Other Side - Waterford County Museum
  6. ^ Patrick Rafroidi, Barbara Hayley, Christopher Murray, Ireland and France, a Bountiful Friendship: Literature, History, and Ideas (2002), p. 10.
  7. ^ St Davids Cathedral: Bishop - Past Bishops
  8. ^ Natalie Mears, Queenship and Political Discourse in the Elizabethan Realms (2005), p. 242.
  9. ^ 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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