Born: Feb­ru­a­ry 1707, Der­ri­a­ghy, Coun­ty An­trim, Ire­land.

Died: May 4, 1787, Dub­lin, Ire­land.

Buried: Near the west door of St. Pe­ter’s Church, Dub­lin, Ire­land.


Philip was the son of Ri­chard Skel­ton, a farm­er, gun­smith and tan­ner, and Ar­a­bel­la Cath­cart.

He at­tend­ed a La­tin school at Lis­burn, start­ing in 1717. In June 1724 he en­tered Tri­ni­ty Col­lege, Dub­lin, as a si­zar, Dr. Pat­rick De­la­ny be­ing his tu­tor. He was elect­ed a schol­ar in 1726, and gra­du­at­ed BA in Ju­ly 1728.

After teach­ing in the en­dowed school of Dun­dalk, Skel­ton was nom­in­at­ed cur­ate to Dr. Sam­u­el Mad­den of Drum­mil­ly, Coun­ty Fer­man­agh, and or­dained dea­con by Bishop Sterne of Clogh­er in 1729.

In 1732, he be­came cur­ate at Mo­na­ghan. In 1750 Skel­ton was gi­ven the liv­ing of Tem­ple­carn, a large par­ish in the coun­ties of Do­ne­gal and Fer­ma­nagh, con­sist­ing of wild moor­land su­rround­ing the Lough Derg.




Help Needed

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Skel­ton (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?