Maire, William (DNB00)


MAIRE, WILLIAM (d. 1769), Roman catholic prelate, was the fifth son of Thomas Maire, esq., of Hardwick, co. Durham, and Lartington, Yorkshire, by his wife, Mary Fermor of Tusmore, Oxfordshire. He arrived at the English College, Douay, 16 Aug. 1719, was ordained priest at Tournay in 1730, and became professor at Douay, first of rhetoric and afterwards of philosophy. From 1742 to 1767 he served the Durham mission. In 1767 he was appointed coadjutor to Francis Petre, vicar-apostolic of the northern district of England, and was consecrated bishop of Cinna, in partibus infidelium. He died at Lartington on 25 July 1769, and was buried in the family vault in the parish church of Ronaldkirk. He published a translation of Gobinet's ‘Instruction of Youth in Christian Piety.’

[Brady's Episcopal Succession, iii. 259, 261; Foley's Records, v. 654; Surtees's Durham, i. 53.]

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