Russell, Patrick, Dd
Russell, Patrick, D.D.
an Irish prelate, was promoted to the see of Dublin August 2. 1683. In July 1685, he held a provincial council at Dublin, in which it was ordained that any priest, celebrating a marriage without license from the ordinary, or the parish priest of the place, should be excommunicated, etc. The council further confirmed the decrees of those held in 1614 by Dr. Eugene Matthews and in 1640 by Dr. Fleming. In 1686 Dr. Russell assisted at a session of the Roman Catholic clergy, held in Dublin. He also presided at a diocesan synod, held there, June 10, 1686, in which it was decreed, in reference to the parochial clergymen having cure of souls, that each should have a schoolmaster in his parish to instruct the little children in "Christian doctrine and good courses." In 1688 he presided at a synod held in Dublin. On the downfall of the Stuart dynasty he fled to Paris. He returned to his native country and died at the close of the year 1692. See D'Alton, Memoirs of the Archbishops of Dublin, page 446.