Higgins, William, Dd
Higgins, William, D.D.
a bishop of the Church of Ireland, was born at Greenfield, Lancaster, England, in 1793, and was educated at the Lancaster and Manchester grammar schools, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, from which he graduated in 1817. His first clerical duty in Ireland was as chaplain to the Richmond Penitentiary, in 1820, subsequently he was chaplain to the Magdalen Asylum, rector of Roscrea in 1828, vicar-general of Killaloe in 1834, dean of Limerick in 1844, bishop of Limerick in 1849, and bishop of Derry in 1853. The same year he was appointed commissioner of national education, and he succeeded bishop Plunket as an ecclesiastical commissioner. He died at Derry, July 12, 1867. See Amer. Quar. Rev. October 1867, page 505.