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« he cloathed, the distressed that he supplied, " and the fatherless that he provided for ; the “ poor children that he put to apprentice,
brought up at school, and maintained at “the university, could not fail to proclaim “ that charity, which he dispersed with his “ right hand, but of which he would not suf“ fer his left hand to have knowledge.
: “ To sum up all, this great prelate had the “ good humour of a gentleman, the eloquence “ of an orator, the fancy of a poet, the acute. “ness of a schoolman, the profoundness of a “philosopher, the wisdom of a counsellor, the “ sagacity of a prophet, the reason of an “ angel, and the piety of a saint: he had “ devotion enough for a cloister, learning “ enough for an university, and wit enough for “a college of virtuosi ; and, had his parts “ and endowments been parcelled out amongst “ his clergy that he left behind him, it would “ perhaps have made one of the best dioceses « in the world. But alas ! Our Father! our “ • Father! the Horses of our Israel, and the « Chariot thereof;' he is gone, and has cara “ ried his mantle and his spirit along with him “ up to heaven; and the sons of the prophets “ have lost all their beauty and lustre which “ they enjoyed only from the reflexion of his “excellencies, which were bright and radiant “ enough to cast a glory upon a whole order 6 of men. But the sun of this our world, " after many attempts to break through the 6 crust. of an earthly body, is at last swallowed “ up in the great vortex of eternity, and " there all his maculæ are scattered and dis“ solved, and he is fixed in an orb of glory, " and shines among his brethren stars, that in “ their several ages gave light to the world, “ and turned many souls unto righteousness; " and we that are left behind, though we can “ never reach his perfections, must study to « imitate his virtues, that we may at last “ come to sit at his feet in the mansions “ of glory." • Rust's Serm. at Bp. Taylor's Funeral.
In the same vault with Bishop Taylor were afterwards interred the remains of Bishops Rust, Digby, and Wiseman. And though it be improbable that so distinguished and good a man would be allowed to lie unnoticed, without an inscription to mark the place of his burial, yet it is certain that at present no memorial of that kind exists. On the death of Taylor the Bishopric of Dromore was conferred upon Dr. Rust, but he lived only three years after his consecration: being (like his friend) attacked by a fever, of which he died in December 1670, in the prime of life, to the unspeakable grief of all that knew his worth, and especie ally of such of them as had been « blest by his friendship,
Ware bears a similar testimony to the character of this great man, and records that the 8th of September following his decease, his funeral obsequies were performed with great solemnity in the University of Dublin. ; ;
In the very small memorials of the Bishop's family that have descended to the present day, there is no allusion to his wife: and it is not ascertained whether she did or did not survive her husband. But it is well known that he left three daughters, Phoebe, Joanna, and Mary.
The eldest of these died single. The se, cond married Mr. Harrison, a Barrister in Ireland. And the youngest became the wife of Dr. Francis Marsh; successively Dean of
" and most sweet and endearing conversation." He was buried in the choir of his own Cathedral Church of Dromore, in a vault made for his predecessor Bishop Taylor. He was author of a Discourse of Truth, published by James Collins, from a corrected copy belonging to Jos. Glanvill in 1682, twelve years after the author's death. He also wrote the following Discourses. On 2 Tim. i. 10. 4to. 1663. Dublin. Funeral, i John ii, 2. 4to. 1668. Funeral of Bp. Taylor, i Pet. iii. 15. 4to. 1683. Use of Reason in Religion. Sion, Rom. iv. 16. 4to. 1686. Remains, 1 John, iv. 16. God is Love, p. 1. Prov. XX. 27. Joha xvii. 38. pp. 21 and 43. Remains, Camb. 4to. 1686.
Connor and Armagh, Bishop of Limerick and Kilmore, and at last Archbishop of Dublin : by whom she had a son, afterwards Dean of Down; who was the grandfather of Francis and Jeremy Marsh, Esquires.
· Mr. Francis Marsh was brought up to the Irish Bar; and, through his ancestors, became possessed of a gold watch, said to have been a present to Dr. Taylor, from King Charles the First. It has been described as being plain, and having only a single case, with a gold dial-plate ; the figures of which are raised. The hands are of steel, and the maker's name is “ Jacobis Markwick, Londini.” Originally it had no chain, but went by means of catgut. Bishop Taylor caused a second case of copper to be made for it, covered with green velvet and studded with gold. At the bottom the studs are so arranged as to represent a mitre, surrounded by this motto, “ Nescitis horam.”p
P See Antholog. Hybernic. for Nov. 1793, p. 353. · This is introduced in this place under the authority of a MS. in the possession of the late Bishop Percy, and sent to him by Mr. Digby, whose relation, John Digby, Esq. married Mary, the daughter of Dr. Marsh, Dean of Down. It is confirmed by a letter from Mr. Marsh to the author, containing an impression of Taylor's armorial bearings from a steel seal appendant to the watch chain. .
Dr. Francis Marsh, father of the Dean of Down, and
An original picture of Bishop Taylor, by one of the best masters of the time, came, through the same channel, into the possession of Mr. Jeremy Marsh, the latter of the two grandsons of the Dean of Down.
Bishop . Taylor in person appears to have been above the middle size, his countenance oval, and well proportioned, his forehead open, his eyes full and penetrating, yet tempered with mildness, his eyebrows falling, his nose prominent, and inclining to aquiline, his lips thin, and his chin small and round. In his youth such was the gracefulness of his appearance as to contribute much to the effect of his eloquence."
son-in-law of Bp. Taylor, was born in Gloucestershire, 23d of Oct. 1627. He was first of Emanuel College, and afterwards of Caius College in Cambridge, where he became a Senior Fellow. He was made Dean of Connor Nov. 28, 1660, and thence, in the year following, by patent of the 27th of June, 1661, made Dean of Armagh, where he continued till he was elected Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert, and Aghadoe, 28th Oct. 1667. He was consecrated at Clonmell, 22d Dec. 1667. Thence translated to Kilmore and Ardagh; and still further advanced to the Archbishoprick of Dublin, 14th Feb. 1681. See Ware's Commentary of Irish Bishops, p.21.
Grainger says of him, (English Heads, vol. ii. p. 176.) “ This excellent prelate was not only one of the greatest s divines that flourished in the seventeenth century, but