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Hallifield Cosgayne O'Donnoghue (1789-1842)

Hallifield Cosgayne O'Donnoghue was born in Cork, Ireland. He matriculated from St Edmund Hall Oxford in 1806 and graduated B.A. from Cambridge in 1810. He was a master at the Kingsdown Boarding School near Bristol between 1810 and 1814.

O'Donnoghue was ordained into the Anglican Church in 1811 and served as chaplain to Lord Adair. He was a lecturer at St Michael's Rotherhithe until 1822 when he declared his intention on theological grounds of never again accepting preferment in the Anglican Church. He was later appointed the first headmaster of the Bible Christian Shebbear College but died after little more than a year in the post.

He is buried in the Lake Chapel yard at Shebbear.

Source: J. A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses (1951), and F. W. Bourne, The Bible Christians Their Origin and History 1815-1900 (1905), 264.

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