Hugh Boulter, an English prelate, born in or near London, Jan. 4, 1671, died in London in September, 1742. After leaving Oxford he was successively chaplain to the archbishop of Canterbury, rector of St. Olave's, Southwark, archdeacon of Surrey, chaplain to George I., and tutor to Frederick, prince of Wales. In 1719 he became bishop of Bristol and dean of Christ church, Oxford, and in 1724 archbishop of Armagh and primate of all Ireland. He expended £30,000 in augmenting the incomes of the poorer clergy, erected and endowed hospitals at Armagh and Drogheda for clergymen's widows, contributed to the establishment of charter schools, and during the famine of 1740 provided at his own expense two meals a day for 2,500 persons. For 19 years he filled the office of lord justice of Ireland. His " Letters to several Ministers of State in England relative to Transactions in Ireland from 1724 to 1738 " (2 vols., Oxford, 1769-'70) are regarded as authority on that period.

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