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5th Master: John Francis McNulty (1921-1929), 1819 - 1943

Reference Code: GBR/1935/EDAR 1/5

Scope and Contents

McNulty's papers include a general correspondence series together with papers concerning fundraising, the chapel and a relic of the true cross donated to St Edmund's in 1929.


  • 1819 - 1943


Biographical / Historical

John Francis McNulty, son of Michael McNulty and Anne Devine of Manchester, was born 11 August 1879. He attended St Bede's College, Manchester (1891-94) but left at the age of fifteen to go into business. Three years later he was accepted as a student for the Diocese of Salford and was sent first to the revived English College of Douai (1897-1901) and then to Ushaw (1901-06). In 1906, then aged twenty-seven but not yet ordained, he came up to Cambridge as a non-collegiate student, resided at St Edmund's House (1906-09), took a Second in both parts of the Historical Tripos and proceeded BA in 1909. For the completion of his theological studies he went on to Oscott for two years and was ordained 16 April, 1911. He taught for the next ten years at his old school of St Bede's, where he held the post of Prefect of Studies for the last three years of this period. In 1921 he was elected Master of St Edmund's House. After eight successful years in Cambridge, he was recalled to Salford by his bishop and appointed parish priest of St Anne's, Ancoats (1929-32). In 1932 he was appointed Bishop of Nottingham by the Holy See. He died of cancer on 8 June 1943 at the age of sixty-three and was buried in the crypt of Nottingham Cathedral. [Notes courtesy of Garrett Sweeney, 'St Edmund's House, Cambridge: The First Eighty Years'.]


12 file(s)

Language of Materials



McNulty, John Francis, 1879-1943

Finding aid date

2007-04-03 10:41:50+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the St Edmunds College Archive Repository

St Edmund's College
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