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Thomas Kelly

KELLY, Thomas. b. Kellyville, Queen’s County [Co. Laois], Ireland, 13 July 1769; d. Dublin, 14 May 1855. He was the son of an Irish judge, Baron Kelly of Kellyville. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin (BA, 1789), and began studying for a legal career. Against the wishes of his family, however, he gave up the law and became ordained as a priest in the Church of England in Ireland (1792). He began preaching in Dublin in 1793: the emphasis on the doctrine of grace, and the unusual energy of his preaching attracted the attention of Robert Fowler, Archbishop of Dublin, who in 1794 prohibited him from preaching in the diocese. Kelly continued to preach in chapels and churches outside the...

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