Euseby Cleaver (8 September 1745 – 10 December 1819) was the Church of Ireland Bishop of Ferns and Leighlin (1789–1809) in Ireland and subsequently Archbishop of Dublin (1809-1819).

Euseby Cleaver

Archbishop of Dublin
Bishop of Glendalough
Primate of Ireland
Euseby Cleaver by George Romney.jpg
ChurchChurch of Ireland
DioceseDublin and Glendalough
Appointed25 August 1809
In office1809-1819
PredecessorThe Earl of Normanton
SuccessorLord John Beresford
Consecration28 March 1789
by Charles Agar
Personal details
Born(1745-09-08)8 September 1745
Twyford, Buckinghamshire, England
Died10 February 1819(1819-02-10) (aged 73)
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England
BuriedFulham, Middlesex
ParentsWilliam Cleaver & Martha Lettice Lushden
SpouseCatherine Wynne
Previous postBishop of Cork and Ross (1789)
Bishop of Ferns and Leighlin (1789-1809)
EducationWestminster School
Alma materChrist Church, Oxford


He was of Buckinghamshire origin, the younger son of the Reverend William Cleaver, who ran a school at Twyford, and his wife Martha Lettice Lushden. He was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford, graduating B.A. in 1767, M.A. in 1770, B.D. and D.D. in 1783.[1]

In 1774, he was presented to the rectory of Spofforth, North Yorkshire, which he held till 1783, when Lord Egremont, whose tutor he had been, presented him to the rectories of Tillington, West Sussex and Petworth. He was briefly Bishop of Cork and Ross, before in 1789 being translated to Ferns and Leighlin.[1]

During the 1798 insurrection in Ireland his palace in Ferns was ransacked and Cleaver was obliged to take refuge in Beaumaris, Anglesey which was in his brother, William Cleaver's diocese of Bangor, Gwynedd, where he lived at what is now the Bishopsgate Hotel.[2][1]

His exercise of the Archbishopric of Dublin was cut short for reasons of alleged insanity.[1] He appears to have favoured the use of the Irish language.


He married Catherine Wynne of Hazelwood, County Sligo, by whom he had several children, including William, Frances and Caroline; Caroline married Admiral James William KIng, and was the mother of the prominent evangelist Catherine King Pennefather. The Archbishop's wife died on 1 May 1816. His brother William Cleaver was successively bishop of Chester and (1800) bishop of Bangor.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Cooper 1887.
  2. ^ "Bishopsgate House Hotel and Restaurant, Beaumaris, Anglesey, North Wales - Bishopsgate House Hotel, Beaumaris, Anglesey, North Wales". Retrieved 29 April 2016.

  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainCooper, Thompson (1887). "Cleaver, Euseby". In Stephen, Leslie (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 11. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 22.