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John Godfrey Fitzmaurice Day[1] (12 May 1874 – September 1938) was a 20th-century Church of Ireland Archbishop.[2]

Day was born into an ecclesiastical family; his father was Maurice Day, later Bishop of Clogher.[3] Educated at Oakham School and Pembroke College, Cambridge (whence he gained his Cambridge Master of Arts (MA Cantab)),[4] he was ordained in 1897.[5] He was a Missionary for the Cambridge Mission to Delhi until 1909[6] when he became Vicar of St Ann’s Church, Dublin (1913–21).[7] He became Bishop of Ossory, Ferns and Leighlin in 1920,[8] holding the post for 18 years. In 1938 he was elected Archbishop of Armagh[9] but died within two months of taking office,[10] having at some point become a Doctor of Divinity (DD).


  1. ^ genealogical web site
  2. ^ Proni
  3. ^ Who was Who 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  4. ^ "Day, John Godfrey Fitzmaurice (DY893JG)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  5. ^ Ordinations. Worcester The Times Wednesday, Dec 22, 1897; pg. 3; Issue 35393; col C
  6. ^ ”The Clergy List” London, John Phillips, 1900
  7. ^ Dublin Heritage and S.G. Poyntz, St. Ann's: the church in the heart of the city (Dublin, 1976), p. 98.
  8. ^ New Irish Bishop The Times Wednesday, Jun 16, 1920; pg. 18; Issue 42438; col F
  9. ^ The Times, Friday, Jun 10, 1938; pg. 14; Issue 48017; col B New Archbishop of Armagh enthroned
  10. ^ The Times, Tuesday, Sep 27, 1938; pg. 14; Issue 48110; col C The Archbishop Of Armagh Primate Of All Ireland
Religious titles
Preceded by
John Gregg
Bishop of Ossory, Ferns and Leighlin
June 1920 – June 1938
Succeeded by
Ford Tichbourne
Preceded by
Charles D'Arcy
Archbishop of Armagh
June 1938 – September 1938
Succeeded by
John Allen Fitzgerald Gregg