01 - Archbishop Nicholas Skerrett

Archbishop of Tuam 1580 - 1583

Gerry Costello

Archbishop Nicholas Skerrett (died 1583) was a Roman Catholic clergyman who was Archbishop of Tuam in Ireland from 1580 to 1583. A graduate of the Collegium Germanicum in Rome, he was appointed Archbishop of Tuam on 17 October 1580. On his arrival in Ireland, he was thrown into prison, but managed to escape and made his way to Spain. He eventually took refuge in Lisbon, Portugal, where he died in February 1583 and was buried in the church of São Roque.










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  • May I ask you: why was the archbishop thrown to the prison? Tuam documentation insist that he died in his office in Tuam???

    By Sabina (22/05/2016)
  • I have not yet found out why he was thrown in prison when he arrived in Ireland but I assume it was the political situation at the time and he was of the Skerrett tribe of Galway. The Tuam Chronicles – Tuam family histories states that Archbishop Nicholas Skerrett of Tuam was expelled from the See in 1583 but I have come across many references to say that he died in 1583 in Lisbon, Portugal, on February 1583 and was buried in the church of São Roque

    By Gerry Costello (22/05/2016)

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