Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

Dean Of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

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The Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin is the senior official of that church, the cathedral of the United Diocese of Dublin and Glendalough in the Church of Ireland, and head of the Chapter, its governing body. A Dean has presided over Christ Church Cathedral since around 1539, before which the cathedral was a Priory under Augustinian rules, headed by a Prior, back to the time of Archbishop St. Laurence O'Toole. Aspects of the cathedral administration are overseen by the Cathedral Board, which the Dean chairs (with both a regular and a casting vote).


The Dean is appointed by the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin.

Priors and Deans of Christ Church Cathedral

The previous holders of the senior office of the Cathedral have been:


  • c.1171-c.1190 - Gervase (Gervasius), first formal record 1177
  • c.1190-c.1196 - Columbanus
  • c.1196-c.1201 - Thomas
  • c.1201-c.1205 - ?
  • c.1205-c.1208 - Robert
  • c.1208-c.1220 - W(illiam le Gros?)
  • c.1220-c.1225 - Bernard
  • c.1225-c.1235 - Roger
  • c.1235-c.1244 - Philip (de Cruce?)
  • c.1244-1252 - Robert de Stanford
  • 1252-c.1265? - John?
There may have been a Robert in office in 1260, and a Fulk around 1262
  • c.1265-c.1279 - William de Gran, first formal record 1270
  • c.1279-c.1292 - Adam de la More
  • c.1292-c.1296 - John de Exeter (or de Oxford?)
  • c.1296-1301 - Adam de Balsham
  • 1301-1313 - Henry de la War(r)e de Bristol
  • 1313-1320 - John Pocock? (or possibly a John Toppe around 1313, and Pocock or Pecock by 1317)
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