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'Bishops of Rochester', Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1300-1541: volume 4: Monastic cathedrals (southern province) (1963), pp. 37-40. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=32723 Date accessed: 24 October 2014.


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BISHOPS OF ROCHESTER

Thomas de Wouldham O.S.B. 1291-1317.

El. 6 June 1291 (Flores Historiarum (R.S. 95) 111 74). Lic. alibi cons. 4 Jan. 1292 (Cant., Reg. A f. 76/69). Cons. 6 Jan. by abp. at Chartham (Flores Historiarum (R.S. 95) 111 74). Profession to Canterbury n.d. (Cant., Reg. A. f 240b/214b). D. 28 Feb. 1317 (Wharton 1 357).

[John Puteoli 1317.]

Hamo de Hethe O.S.B. 1317-1352.

Hethe el. 18 March 1317 (Lamb., Reg. Reynolds f. 234). Assent of abp. 4 May, delayed because Puteoli had been prov. 19 March (I. J. Churchill, Canterbury Administration (1933) 1 256-7). Appeal by both parties at curia, proctors arrived in England 24 May, and case referred to papal nuncios. Case heard in London Jan. 1318, referred again to curia, k. supported Hethe's claims, queen claims of Puteoli. Hethe summoned to attend curia in person, arrived 27 Jan. 1319. Case heard 17 March, decision to be published 31 March, but further appeal. Suggestions in consistory of non-suit, 30 Apr., new auditors decided in favour of Hethe. El. of Hethe conf. 21 July (Reg. Hethe 1 pp. x-xiii). Cons. 26 Aug. at Avignon by card. bp. of Ostia (CPL. 11 188-9). Profession to Canterbury 24 Nov. (Cant., Reg. A f. 240b/214b). Profession 2 Dec. at Sleaford, Lincs., and temps. from abp. s.d. (Wharton 1 360). Temps, from k. 5 Dec. (CPR. 1317-1321 p. 410). Enthroned 13 Jan. 1320 (Wharton 1 361). D. 4 May 1352 (Brit. Mus., Arundel MS. 68 f. 26b).

M. John de Scapeya or Shepphey O.S.B., D.Th. 1352-1360.

Lic. el. gr. 27 Dec. 1352 (Lamb., Reg. Islip f. 63), but prov. 22 Oct. (ibid. f. 65). Temps. from abp. 28 Feb. 1353 (ibid. f. 65b). Cons. at St Mary's Southwark by bp. of Winchester, 10 March (Winchester, Reg. Edington 11 f. 56b). Temps. from k. 13 March (CPR. 1350-1354 p. 419). Enthroned 21 March (Reg. Scapeya f. 257). D. 19 Oct. 1360 (Lamb., Reg. Islip f. 169b).

M. William Wittlesey B.Cn. & C.L. 1360-1364.

Lic. el. sought 21 Oct. 1360 (Lamb., Reg. Islip f. 222b). Gr. 23 Oct. (ibid. f. 223). Prov. 31 July 1361 (ibid. f. 226b). Profession to Canterbury 28 Nov. (ibid. f. 226). Temps. from k. 13 Dec. (CPR. 1361-1364 p. 143). Temps. from abp. 25 Dec. (Lamb., Reg. Islip f. 226b). Cons. at Otford by abp. 10 Feb. 1362 (Reg. Wittlesey f. 314b). Trans. to Worcester 6 March 1364.

M. Thomas de Trillek M.A. 1364-1372.

Prov. 6 March 1364 (Lamb., Reg. Islip f. 245). Cons. 26 May at Avignon by card. bp. of Porto (Reg. Trillek f. 321). Spir. 23 July (Lamb., Reg. Islip f. 245). Temps. from abp. and profession to Canterbury 26 Dec. (ibid. f. 254). Temps. from k. 6 Feb. 1365 (CPR. 1364-1367 p. 85). D. 12/25 Dec. 1372 (Lamb., Reg. Wittlesey f. 126). (fn. 1)

[John de Hertlepe O.S.B. 1372.]

M. Thomas Brinton O.S.B., D.Th. 1373-1389.

Lic. el. sought 26 Dec. 1372 (Lamb., Reg. Wittlesey f. 137b). Gr. 27 Dec. (ibid.). El. of Hertlepe 27 Dec., set aside by prov. of Brinton 31 Jan. 1373 (Lamb., Reg. Wittlesey f. 138). Cons. 6 Feb. at Avignon (R.S.A.). Spir. 20 March (Lamb., Reg. Wittlesey f. 138b). Profession to Canterbury and temps. from abp. 8 Apr. (ibid. f. 139). Temps. from k. 21 Oct. 1374 (CPR. 1374-1377 p. 17). D. 4 May 1389 (R. Higden, Polychronicon (R.S. 41) ix 211).

[M. John Barnet junior Lic.C.L. 1389.]

William de Bottlesham O.P. 1389-1400.

Lic. el. sought 4 May 1389 (Brit. Mus., Cotton MS. Faustina C. v f. 51b). Gr. 5 May (ibid.). Royal assent for Barnet, bp. el. to go to curia for cons. 26 May (Wharton 1 379). El. set aside by trans. of Bottlesham from Llandaff, 27 Aug. (Lamb., Reg. Courtenay f. 238). Profession to Canterbury and temps. from abp. 14 Dec. (ibid.). Temps. from k. 12 Feb. 1390 (CPR. 1388-1392 p. 190). Enthroned 7 May (Brit. Mus., Cotton MS. Faustina C. v f. 44b). D. before 26 Feb. 1400 (Lamb., Reg. Arundell 1 f. 463).

M. John de Bottlesham 1400-1404.

Lic. el. sought 26 Feb. 1400, gr. s.d. (Lamb, Reg. Arundell 1 f. 463). Prov. 9 Apr. (CPL. v 288). Lic. alibi cons. 12 Apr. (ibid. p. 280). Cons. at Canterbury by abp. 4 July (Reg. J. de Bottlesham f. 149). Profession to Canterbury and temps. from abp. s.d. (ibid.). D. 17 Apr. 1404 (ibid. f. 186b).

[M. Thomas Chillenden O.S.B., D.Cn.L. 1404.]

M. Richard Young D.Cn. & C.L. 1404-1418.

Lic. el. sought 19 Apr. 1404 (Lamb., Reg. Arundell 1 f. 465b). Chillenden el. but refused to accept bpc. (ibid.). Young trans. from Bangor by pope Boniface IX but pope d. before trans. complete. New bull of trans. 11 Nov. 1404 (CPL. vi 5). Bp. el. unable to leave Bangor as captive of Welsh rebels, abp. refused to adm. him to Rochester by proxy (Wharton 1 379). Bull 22 Apr. 1406 instructing abp. to adm. Young (Lamb., Reg. Arundell 1 f. 32). Abp. replied that bull of trans. not received from Young (ibid.). D. of pope Innocent VII 6 Nov., trans. of Young conf. 11 Dec. by Gregory XII (ibid. f. 36b), but called bp. of Rochester 27 Feb. 1406 (CCR. 1405-1409 p. 249). Temps. and spir. from abp. 2 March 1407 (Lamb., Reg. Arundell 1 f. 36). Enthroned after 14 July 1415 (Brit. Mus., Cotton MS. Faustina C. v f. 124). D. 18/25 Oct. 1418 (Reg. Chichele 11 165-6).

M. John Kempe D.C.L. 1419-1421.

Lic. el. gr. 3 Jan. 1419 (Reg. Chichele iv 197-8). El. Jan. but el. quashed 21 June because bpc. had been reserved (ibid. 1 57-8). Kempe prov. 26 June (Wharton 1 380). Profession to abp. by proxy June (Reg. Chichele 1 58). Temps. from abp. 9 Sept. (Wharton 1 380). Cons. at Rouen (ibid.). Trans. to Chichester 28 Feb. 1421.

[M. Thomas Spofford O.S.B., Sch.Th. 1421.

Prov. 7 Apr. 1421 (Reg. T. Spofford, ed. A. T. Bannister (Canterbury and York Soc., xxiii) p. 1). Trans. to Hereford before cons. bp. of Rochester, 17/18 Nov.]

M. John Langdon O.S.B., D.Th. 1421-1434.

Prov. 17 Nov. 1421 (CPL. vii 161). Cons. 7/10 June 1422 at Canterbury by abp. (Reg. Langdon f. 7; Reg. Chichele 1 80). Spir. and temps. from abp. s.d. (Reg. Chichele 1 80). D. 30 Sept. 1434 (Reg. Langdon f. 98b).

M. Thomas Brouns D.Cn. & C.L. 1435-1436.

Prov. 21 Feb. 1435 (CPL. viii 216, 498). Cons. 1 May at Canterbury by abp. (Reg. Brouns f. 112). Spir. s.d. (Reg. Chichele 1 118). Temps. from abp. 2 May (ibid.). Temps. from k. 12 May (CPR. 1429-1436 p. 460). Trans. to Norwich Sept. 1436.

William Wells O.S.B. 1436-1444.

Prov. 19 Sept. 1436 (CPL. viii 612). Lic. alibi cons. s.d. (ibid. p. 582). Temps. from k. 21 March 1437 (CPR. 1436-1441 pp. 54-5). Cons. 24 March at Durham House, Westminster (Reg. Wells f. 120). Profession to Canterbury s.d. (Reg. Chichele 1 122). D. 8/25 Feb. 1444 (Wharton 1 380).

M. John Lowe O.F.S.A., D.Th. 1444-1467.

Lic. el. sought 3 March 1444 (Wharton 1 380). Gr. 4 March (Lamb., Reg. Stafford f. 43). Trans. from St Asaph 22 Apr. (Reg. Lowe f. 199). Temps. from abp. 14 June (ibid.). Enthroned 2 Feb. 1445 (ibid. f. 202). D. before 21 Nov. 1467 (PCC 32 Godyn).

M. Thomas Rotherham or Scot D.Th. 1468-1472.

Lic. alibi cons. 27 March 1468 (Cant., Reg. S f. 229). Cons. 3 Apr. (Customale Roffense, ed. J. Thorpe (1788) p. 216). Trans. to Lincoln c. 8 Jan. 1472.

M. John Alcock D.C.L. 1472-1476.

Lic. alibi cons. 13 March 1472 (Cant., Reg. S ff. 251b-252b). Cons. 15 March by abp. (R.S.A.). Trans. to Worcester 15 July 1476.

M. John Russell D.Cn.L. 1476-1480.

Prov. 15 July 1476 (CPL. xiii ii 522). Custody of temps. gr. by k. 6 Sept. (CPR. 1467-1477 p. 597). Lic. alibi cons. 20 Sept. (Cant., Reg. S f. 277). Cons. 22 Sept. (R.S.A.). Trans. to Lincoln 7 July 1480.

M. Edmund Audley M.A. 1480-1492.

Prov. 7 July 1480 (CPL. xiii ii 713). Lic. alibi cons. 18 Sept. (Cant., Reg. S f. 306). Cons. 1 Oct. (R.S.A.). Trans. to Hereford 22 June 1492.

M. Thomas Savage D.C.L. 1492-1496.

Prov. 3 Dec. 1492 (Reg. Savage f. 2). Temps. from abp. 25 Feb. 1493 (ibid.). Lic. alibi cons. 13 Apr. (Cant., Reg. S f. 379b). Cons. 28 Apr. by abp. at Lambeth (R.S.A.). Enthroned 8 July (Reg. Savage f. 4b). Trans. to London 3 Aug. 1496.

M. Richard Fitzjames D.Th. 1497-1503.

Prov. 1 Feb. 1497 (Reg. Fitzjames f. 18). Lic. alibi cons. 17 Apr. (Cant., Reg. S ff. 412b-413). Cons. 21 May at Lambeth by abp. (Reg. Fitzjames f. 18). Spir. and profession to Canterbury s.d. (ibid.). Enthroned 30 Nov. (ibid. f. 19b). Trans. to Chichester 29 Nov. 1503.

M. John Fisher D.Th. 1504-1535.

Prov. 14 Oct. 1504 (Reg. Fisher f. 40). Lic. alibi cons. 22 Nov. (Cant., Reg. T f. 36/446). Cons. 24 Nov. by abp. at Lambeth (Reg. Fisher f. 40). Spir. and profession to Canterbury 25 Nov. (ibid.). Enthroned 24 Apr. 1505 (ibid. f. 42). Depriv. 7/25 March 1534 (L. & P. vii Nos. 296, 373). Executed 22 June 1535 (Wharton 1 383).

M. John Hilsey O.P., D.Th. 1535-1540.

Lic. el. gr. 3 Aug. 1535 (L. & P. ix No. 236 (5)). El. 7 Aug. (Reg. Fisher f. 182). Royal assent 12 Aug. (L. & P. ix No. 236 (13) ). Cons. 18 Sept. at Winchester by abp. (Reg. Hilsey f. 183). Temps. 4 Oct. (L. & P. ix No. 729 (8)). D. before 25 March 1540 (ibid. xv No. 436 (83)).

M. Nicholas Heath D.Th. 1540-1543.

Lic. el. gr. 25 March 1540 (L. & P. xv No. 436 (83)). El. 26 March (ibid.). Royal assent 31 March (ibid. No. 436 (91)). Lic. alibi cons. 2 Apr. (Lamb., Reg. Cranmer f. 260). Cons. 4 Apr. at London House by bp. of Winchester (Reg. Heath f. 199). Temps. 14 Apr. (L. & P. xv No. 611 (15)). Trans. to Worcester 20 Dec. 1543.

Footnotes

1 He died 'circa Natali Domini' (R. Higden, Polychronicon (R.S. 41) viii 378).