Thomas Elrington
1811 – 1820 (c.1760-1835)

Thomas Elrington was born near Dublin in 1760; his father was of independent means.1  He graduated from Trinity College in 1780 and was elected Fellow the following year.  He held successively the chairs of Mathematics and of Natural and Experimental Philosophy.  In 1806 he resigned his Fellowship for a College living, but five years later returned as Provost.  In 1820 he resigned the Provostship on appointment as Bishop of Limerick and from 1822 until his death in 1835 he was Bishop of Ferns. Elrington was a rigid conservative; it was during his Provostship that the College Historical Society was forbidden to meet in the College. He published several textbooks, including an edition of Locke's Essay on Government.

Painting Details

By Thomas Foster
Oil on canvas

  1. Anne Crookshank and David Webb, Paintings and Sculptures in Trinity College Dublin (Dublin, 1990), p. 50.