Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Murphy, Edward

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MURPHY or MORPHY, EDWARD or DOMINIC EDWARD (d. 1728), Roman catholic archbishop of Dublin, belonged to a family settled in Carlow county. He was appointed bishop of Kildare and Leighlin on 11 Sept. 1715, on the recommendation of James II, and was consecrated on 18 Dec. by Edmond Byrne, archbishop of Dublin. He was translated to the archiepiscopal see of Dublin by a papal brief dated September in that year. He was consecrated before 5 Jan. 1725, and the dispensation to perform all the archiepiscopal acts without the pallium was demanded in the congregation of 5 April.

On 25 Nov. 1728 he applied for a coadjutor, and he died on 22 Dec. in the same year. His death was announced in the propaganda congregation of 13 Feb. 1729. The historian of Kildare in his dedication to the Rev. Dr. Magee of Stradbally, a descendant of Murphy, speaks of the latter as 'one of the noblest bishops elect that Kildare and Leighlin had just reason to be proud of.'

[O'Byrne's Eccles. Hist. of the Bishops of Kildare and Leighlin, p. 58; W. M. Brady's Episcopal Succession, i. 340, 356; Gams's Series Episcop. Eccles. Hibern. p. 219.]

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