Former Provosts
1592—present

Today Provosts serve for a period of ten years without the possibility of re-election.  Until the retirement of Provost A.J. McConnell in 1974, there was no limit on the term of tenure and many Provosts remained in office until they died. From 1592 to 1692 Provosts were exclusively graduates of Cambridge or Oxford. From 1692 to 1991 all Provosts were graduates of Trinity. The training of churchmen was an important function of universities around the time Trinity was founded and until 1927 many of the College’s Provosts were clergymen.

  • [1] Anne Crookshank and David Webb, Paintings and Sculptures in Trinity College Dublin (c.Dublin, 1990), p. 64.
  • [2] J.V. Luce, Trinity College Dublin, The First 400 Years (c.Dublin, 1992), pp 81-5.
  • [3] J.V. Luce, Trinity College Dublin, The First 400 Years (c.Dublin, 1992), pp 216-7.
  • [4] J.V. Luce, Trinity College Dublin, The First 400 Years (c.Dublin, 1992), p. 218.

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