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Richard De Courcy (c.1743-1803)

Richard De Courcy was born in southern Ireland and entered Trinity College Dublin, in July 1764. He was ordained an Anglican deacon and became curate to the well-known evangelical Walter Shirley of Loughrea. He was refused priest's orders and in 1768 moved to England where he preached at the London Tabernacle and other Methodist places of worship.

De Courcy was ordained priest in 1770 and that same year spent a few months as curate of the Shropshire parish of Shawbury. In 1774 he was appointed to the Crown living of St Alkmund, Shrewsbury where he remained for the rest of his life. He rebuilt the church and enjoyed an extensive local ministry, which included a controversy with the local baptists. De Courcy also wrote many religious works.

Source: Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by Donald Lewis (1995)

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