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Narcissus Marsh (1638 - 1713):
Archbishop, Church of Ireland


Narcissus Marsh was born in Wiltshire and was educated at Oxford, where he became Doctor of Divinity in 1638. He was appointed Provost of Trinity College, Dublin. He was appointed Bishop of Ferns in 1683, and then became successively Archbishop of Cashel 1691, Dublin 1694 and Armagh 1703. He bestowed many gifts, the most magnanimous being a free public library next to St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, the first of its kind in Ireland. Archbishop Marsh is buried in the churchyard of St Patrick's Cathedral, where a monument was erected to his memory.

Born: 20 December 1638
Died: 2 November 1713
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