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William Pennefather

PENNEFATHER, William. b. Dublin, 5 February 1816; d. Muswell Hill, Middlesex, 30 April 1873. He was the son of a distinguished Irish lawyer who became chief Baron of the Exchequer Court. He was educated at Trinity College Dublin (BA 1840; his undergraduate career was interrupted by illness). He took Holy Orders (deacon 1841, priest 1842), and was successively curate at Ballymacugh and vicar of Mellifont, near Drogheda, where he ministered to the people during the famine of 1845. He moved to England in 1848, becoming vicar of Holy Trinity, Walton, Aylesbury (1848-52), vicar of Christ Church, Barnet (1852-64), and vicar of St Jude’s Mildmay Park, London (1864-73). He instituted conferences on...

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