Power and Piety: the bishops of the Church of Ireland, 1536-2020

The Church of Ireland Historical Society is delighted to announce our forthcoming Spring conference, ‘Power and Piety: the bishops of the Church of Ireland, 1536-2020’, in partnership with our friends at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland,

In a slightly different set up from our usual meeting at Armagh, this conference includes six speakers discussing a specific theme: the contributions of the Church of Ireland bishops through the ages. It will take place in PRONI (Belfast) on Saturday 25 April 2020. Registration is free and lunch will be provided for attendees.

Among the expert panel of speakers are Professor Alan Ford (University of Nottingham), Dr James Murray (Technological Higher Education Association), Dr Elizabethanne Boran (Edward Worth Library), Dr Anthony Malcomson (former director of PRONI), Dr Rebecca Campion (independent) and Dr Miriam Moffitt (St Patrick’s College, Maynooth).

COIHS would particularly like to thank our partners at PRONI for this collaboration, without whose support the idea and conference would never have happened.

PRONI is located in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast, directions etc. are available at this link: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/getting-proni-and-opening-hours On-street parking is free on Saturdays and there are two public car parks nearby: Odyssey and Belfast Metropolitan.

We are looking forward to what promises to be a brilliant day and hope to see many of you there!

Professor Alan Ford is Emeritus Professor of Theology at the University of Nottingham and joint honorary secretary of COIHS. He is a leading expert on religious identity in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.  He is author of James Ussher: theology, history and politics in Early Modern Ireland and England (Oxford, 2007) and co-edited with Dr Mark Empey and Dr Miriam Moffitt The Church of Ireland and its Past: History, Interpretation and Identity (Dublin: Four Courts, 2017).

Dr James Murray is Director of Academic Affairs and Deputy CEO of the Technological Higher Education Association. A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin he has established himself as one of the leading Irish Reformation historians. In 2009 he published Enforcing the English Reformation in Ireland: clerical resistance & political conflict in the diocese of Dublin 1534-90 with Cambridge University Press.

Dr Elizabethanne Boran is the Librarian of the Edward Worth Library in Dr Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin. She has written widely on Archbishop James Ussher, his manuscript collection and scholarly network. In 2015, she edited the three-volumeCorrespondence of James Ussher, 1600–1656, published by the Irish Manuscript Commission.

Dr Anthony Malcomson is former director of PRONI. He is an expert in the field of eighteenth-century history, having written widely on the period. His publications include John Foster: The Politics of the Anglo-Irish Ascendancy (Oxford, 1978); Archbishop Charles Agar: Churchmanship and Politics in Ireland, 1760-1810(Dublin, 2002); Primate Robinson (1709-94): ‘A very tough incumbent in fine preservation’ (Belfast, 2003).

Dr Rebecca Campion holds a PhD from Maynooth University. She graduate in 2012 for her thesis entitled ‘Reconstructing an Ascendancy world: the material culture of Frederick Hervey, the Earl Bishop of Derry (1730-1803)’. She has also written on Hervey in Jon Stobart (ed.), Travel and the British Country House: Cultures, Critiques and Consumption in the Long Eighteenth Century (Manchester, 2017).

Dr Miriam Moffitt is joint honorary secretary of COIHS. She teaches Church History in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, and St Patrick’s College, Thurles. She is author of numerous articles and books including The Society for Irish Church Missions to the Roman Catholics, 1849-1950 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010), and Clanricarde’s Planters and Land Agitation in East Galway, 1886-1916 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2011).

COIHS traditionally hosts two conferences a year: our Spring meeting in Armagh (in April) and Winter symposium at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin (in November). Members are given exclusive access to our podcasts which record these papers. If you wish to be come a member of COIHS please visit our membership page for further details of our membership package.