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JOHN IRELAND (1761-1842)

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Originally appearing in Volume V14, Page 742 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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JOHN IRELAND (1761-1842), English divine and dean of Westminster, was born at Ashburton, Devonshire, on the 8th of September 1761, his father being a butcher in that town. For a short time he worked in a shoemaker's shop. Subsequently he proceeded to Oxford, and in due course took holy orders. Through the interest of the earl of Liverpool he was in 1802 appointed a prebendary of Westminster Abbey, in 1815 he was promoted to the deanery of Westminster, and from 1816 to 1835 he was also rector of Islip, Oxfordshire. In 1825 he gave £4000 for the foundation at Oxford of four " Ireland " scholarships of the value of £30 a year each, " for the promotion of classical learning and taste." He also gave £500 to Westminster school for the establishment of prizes for Latin hexameters. He died at Westminster on the 2nd of September 1842, and was buried in the abbey.
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CARRYING OUT ANCESTRAL RESEARCH AND BELIEVE DEAN IRELAND TO BE MY ANCESTER, ANY FAMILY INFORMATION WOULD BE APPRECIATED.
I believe Dean John Ireland to be my ancester. Have been tracing the Ireland family line on a recent visit to Ashburton, Devon. Discovered the grave of his uncle? in the local church yard, also named John Ireland, who was my great great grandfather. according to a local historian, all the Irelands in Ashburton came from the same family line. Any information would be greatly appreciated.Thankyou
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