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NameNathaniel Foy
DenominationChurch of Ireland
Livedb. ca. 1648-01-01 - d. 1707-12-31 (old)
Linked Manuscripts
Linked SermonsSermon on Unknown Text -- preacher (autograph: no)
Linked Reports
Associated PlacesLismore -- BishopricWaterford -- BishopricSt Bride -- ParishTrinity College -- Place of StudyKildare Cathedral (St Brigid's) -- Post
Source of DataHannah Wood
Biographical Sources ConsultedODNB (ID: 10055)
Other NoteNathaniel Foy, son of John Foy MD (d.1660), was born in 1648 in York. He was educated at Dublin Corporation Free School before matriculating in 1663 from Trinity College, Dublin; he was made Scholar in 1663, proceeded M.A. in 1671, graduated B.D. and D.D. in 1682, and was elected fellow in 1684. He was ordained as a priest in 1670 and was installed that year as a canon of Kildare. He was made minister of the parish of St. Bride, Dublin in late 1678. Foy was known for defending the established church by responding in his own parish to sermons preached the previous week at Christ Church Cathedral. He was imprisoned in July 1689 for his outspoken defense of the protestant faith; however, he later gained favour under William III, who promoted him bishop to the united sees of Waterford and Lismore in 1691. His protest against the rejection of a bill for union and division of the parishes resulted in another imprisonment in Dublin Castle for three days at the behest of the House of Lords in 1695. His only publication, “A sermon preached in Christ's Church, Dublin, on 23 Oct. 1698. Being the anniversary thanksgiving for putting an end to the Irish rebellion, which broke out on that day 1641. Before the House of Lords,” was published in 1698. He established the free school at Grantstown in 1707, but died on 31 December 1707, shortly after its opening. He was buried at the west end of Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford, in St Saviour’s Chapel.
GEMMS record createdMay 31, 2022
GEMMS record last editedMay 31, 2022