Crigan, Claudius (1740-1813)

Bishop of Sodor and Mann (1784-1813).

Worked as a parish minister, tutor, and chaplain to the Duke of Atholl. His appointment as Bishop of Sodor and Mann (1784) was controversial; Crigan was accused of purchasing the office but became popular on the Isle of Mann for his patronage of education. Established several new schools and churches, supported the Manx Academy, and raised schoolmasters’ pay.

Son of Claudius and Rebecca (McCausland) Crigan of County Tyrone, Ireland. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin (B.A. 1761). Married Mary Harman; several sons.