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'Bishops of Worcester', Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541-1857: volume 7: Ely, Norwich, Westminster and Worcester dioceses (1992), pp. 105-109. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=35280 Date accessed: 02 October 2014.


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BISHOPS OF WORCESTER

John Bell D.C.L. 1539-1543.

Congé d'élire 7 July 1539 (L. & P. XIV i no. 1354 (30)). Royal assent to el. n.d. (Lamb., Reg. Cranmer f. 225). Temps. 4 Aug. (L. & P. XIV ii no. 113 (13)). Abp's conf. 11 Aug. (Lamb., Reg. Cranmer f. 224v). Res. 17 Nov. 1543 (Lamb., Reg. Cranmer f. 285v; L. & P. XVIII ii no. 396).

Nicholas Heath D.D. 1544-1551.

Congé d'élire 15 Dec. 1543; el. of Heath, bp. of Rochester 22 Dec.; royal assent 16 Jan. 1544; abp's conf. 31 Jan.-20 Feb. (Lamb., Reg. Cranmer ff. 285v- 293; L. & P. XIX i no. 80 (19)). Temps. 22 March (L. & P. XIX i no. 278 (64)). Enthr. by proxy 10 Apr. (BA.2648/9 (iv) p. 7). Depriv. 10 Oct. 1551 (Lamb., Reg. Cranmer f. 128).

John Hooper B.A. 1552-1554. Bp. of Gloucester.

Pres. by king to Hooper, bp. of Gloucester, 20 May 1552 to hold the bpc. of Worcester with that of Gloucester (as from the previous Michaelmas) (C.P.R. 1550-3 p. 225); the two bpcs. united s.d. (ibid.). Temps. s.d. (ibid. p. 226). Enthr. by proxy 18 June (BA.2648/9 (iv) p. 39). Res. bpc. 25 Oct.; conf. by dean and chapter s.d. (A 7(i) f. 152r-v). Further royal gr. of the united bpc. of Worcester and Gloucester 8 Dec. (ibid. p. 231). Enthr. again by proxy 21 Dec. (BA.2648/9 (iv) pp. 40-1). Queen's commission 15 March 1554 for his depriv. (C.P.R. 1553-4 p. 175). Depriv. of bpc. of Worcester 19 March 1554 because Heath had been wrongly depriv. before him (Diary of Francis Evans p. 144; Canterbury Cath. Libr., Reg. N f. 38v). (fn. 1)

Nicholas Heath D.D. (again) 1553-1555.

Released from prison and restored 6 Aug. 1553 (Chronicle of the Grey Friars of London, ed. J.G. Nichols (Camden Soc., 1852) p. 82; cf. C.P.R. 1553-4 p. 75, BA.2648/9 (iv) pp. 43-4). Trans. to York 1555.

Richard Pates B.D. 1555-1559.

Papal provision 8 July 1541 on d. of Jerome de Ghinucchi, who had been depriv. by Henry VIII in 1534 (Hierarchia Catholica III 334); probably cons. in Italy. Referred to as 'a detestable traitor', living in Paris in 1544; at Council of Trent in 1546 (L. & P. XIX i no. 610 (62); ibid. XXI i no. 548). On trans. of Heath to York, he received temps. 5 March 1555 (C.P.R. 1554-5 pp. 7-8). Depriv. by 13 Nov. 1559 (Reg. Parker I 72).

Edwin Sandys D.D. 1559-1570.

Congé d'élire 13 Nov. 1559 (C.P.R. 1558-60 p. 80). El. 25 Nov. (A 7(ii) f. 66). Royal assent 18 Dec. (C.P.R. 1558-60 p. 450). Abp's conf. 20 Dec.; cons. 21 Dec. (Reg. Parker I 71-5). Temps. n.d. (C.P.R. 1558-60 p. 451). Trans. to London 1570.

[ James Calfhill D.D. 1570.]

Allegedly nominated by queen June/July 1570 (Wood, Athenae Oxon. I 377), but d. before el. 19 July / 20 Aug. 1570 (C.P.R. 1569-72 no. 37; Reg. Parker II 363).

Nicholas Bullingham LL.D. 1571-1576.

Congé d'élire 27 Nov. 1570 (B 1815o). Royal assent 17 Jan. 1571 to el. of Bullingham, bp. of Lincoln (C.P.R. 1569-72 no. 2195). Abp's conf. 26 Jan. (Reg. Parker I 147-9). Temps. 14 Feb. (C.P.R. 1569-72 nos. 2022-4). Enthr. by proxy 17 Feb. (BA.2648/10 (i) p. 5). D. 18 Apr. 1576 (m.i., Worcester cath.) (Survey of Cath. I 647).

John Whitgift D.D. 1577-1583.

Congé d'élire 24 March 1577 (C.P.R. 1575-8 no. 2411). El. 4 Apr. (Lamb., Reg. Grindal f. 30v). Royal assent 9 Apr. (C.P.R. 1575-8 no. 2412). Abp's conf. 16 Apr.; cons. 21 Apr. (Lamb., Reg. Grindal ff. 28v-34v). Temps. 10 May (C.P.R. 1575-8 nos. 2413-15). Enthr. by proxy 12 May (BA.2648/10 (i) p. 13). Trans. to Canterbury 1583.

Edmund Freake D.D. 1584-1591.

Congé d'élire 26 Oct. 1584 (B 1815c). El. of Freake, bp. of Norwich, 2 Nov.; royal assent 24 Nov.; abp's conf. 5 Dec. (Lamb., Reg. Whitgift I ff. 24v-30v). Temps. 23 Jan. 1585 (P.R.O., C 66/1269). Enthr. by proxy 7 Feb. (BA.2648/10 (i) p. 62). D. 21 March 1591 (BA.2648/10 (i) p. 138).

Richard Fletcher D.D. 1593-1594.

Congé d'élire 16 Jan. 1593 (B 1815f). El. 24 Jan. of Fletcher, bp. of Bristol; royal assent 7 Feb.; abp's conf. 10 Feb. (Lamb., Reg. Whitgift II ff. l-8v). Enthr. by proxy 18 Feb. (BA.2648/10 (i) pp. 139-40). Trans. to London 1594.

Thomas Bilson D.D. 1596-1597. (fn. 1)

El. 20 Apr. 1596 (BA.2648/10 (i) p. 144). Royal assent 10 May; abp's conf. 11 June; cons. 13 June (Lamb., Reg. Whitgift II ff. 72-7). Temps. 27 July (P.R.O., C 66/1450). Enthr. by proxy 21 Aug. (BA.2648/10 (i) pp. 144-5). Trans. to Winchester 1597.

Gervase Babington D.D. 1597-1610.

Congé d'élire 30 Aug. 1597 (B 1815i). El. of Babington, bp. of Exeter, 15 Sept.; royal assent 1 Oct.; abp's conf. 4 Oct. (Lamb., Reg. Whitgift II f. 96- 103). Temps. 15 Oct. (P.R.O., C 66/1473). Enthr. by proxy 16 Oct. (BA.2648/10 (i) p. 150). D. 17 May 1610 (Diary of Francis Evans p. 145; Lamb., Reg. Bancroft f. 263).

Henry Parry D.D. 1610-1616.

Congé d'élire and letter missive for Parry, bp. of Gloucester, 4 July 1610 (P.R.O., C 66/1890). El. 13 July (Lamb., Reg. Bancroft f. 114). Royal assent 3 Aug. (P.R.O., C 66/1890). Abp's conf. 5 Oct. (Lamb., Reg. Bancroft ff. 110- 116v). Enthr. 12 Oct. (A 65 f. 26). Temps. 23 Oct. (P.R.O., C 66/1890). D. 12 Dec. 1616 (m.i., Worcester cath.) (Survey of Cath. I 649).

John Thornborough D.D. 1617-1641.

Congé d'élire and letter missive for Thornborough, bp. of Bristol, 11 Jan. 1617 (P.R.O., C 66/2117). El. 25 Jan. (Lamb., Reg. Abbot I f. 88). Royal assent 10 Feb. (P.R.O., C 66/2117). Abp's conf. 17 Feb. (Lamb., Reg. Abbot I ff. 85v- 90v). Temps. 8 March (P.R.O., C 66/2117). Enthr. 16 March (A 75, before f. 1). D. 9 July 1641 (BA.2648/10 (ii) p. 46).

John Prideaux D.D. 1641-1650.

Congé d'élire and letter missive 11 Nov. 1641 (P.R.O., C 66/2897). El. 22 Nov. (BA.2648/10 (ii) p. 49). Royal assent 30 Nov.; abp's conf. 18 Dec.; cons. 19 Dec. (Lamb., Reg. Laud II ff. 65-71). Temps. 7 Jan. 1642 (P.R.O., C 66/2897). Enthr. by proxy 14 Jan. (BA.2648/10 (ii) p. 49). After the ordinance of 9 Oct. 1646 abolishing archbishops and bishops (Acts and Ordinances, 1640- 56 I 99), he lived at Bredon, where he d. 29 July 1650 (m.i., Bredon, Worcs.) (Nash, Hist. Worcs. I 132; BA.2648/10 (ii) p. 49).

George Morley D.D. 1660-1662.

Congé d'élire and letter missive 20 Sept. 1660 (Cal. S.P. Dom. Addenda 1660- 85 p. 13). El. 9 Oct.; royal assent 18 Oct.; abp's conf. 23 Oct.; cons. 28 Oct. (Lamb., Reg. Juxon and Sheldon ff. 182-188v, 208-9). Enthr. by proxy 10 Nov.; in person 12 Sept. 1661 (BA.2648/10 (iii) pp. 7-8, 8-10). Trans. to Winchester 1662.

John Gauden D.D. 1662.

Congé d'élire and letter missive for Gauden, bp. of Exeter, 15 May 1662 (Cal. S.P. Dom. 1661-2 p. 373; P.R.O., C 66/3004). El. 23 May; royal assent 1 June; (fn. 1) abp's conf. 10 June (Lamb., Reg. Juxon and Sheldon ff. 289-295v). Temps. 2 July (P.R.O., C 66/3004). Enthr. by proxy 9 Aug. (BA.2648/10 (iii) pp. 22-3; cf. B 1731). D. 20 Sept. (m.i., Worcester cath.) (Survey of Cath. I 652). (fn. 2)

John Earles D.D. 1662-1663.

Congé d'élire 24 Oct. 1662 (P.R.O., C 66/3004; cf. Cal. S.P. Dom. 1661-2 p. 513). El. 1 Nov.; royal assent 9 Nov.; (fn. 1) abp's conf. 19 Nov.; cons. 30 Nov. (Lamb., Reg. Juxon and Sheldon ff. 303-10). Temps. 22 Dec. (P.R.O., C 66/3004). Enthr. by proxy 23 Dec. (BA.2648/10 (iii) p. 24; Diary of Francis Evans p. 145; cf. B 1733). Trans. to Salisbury 1663.

Robert Skinner D.D. 1663-1670.

Congé d'élire 3 Oct. 1663 (P.R.O., C 66/3033; cf. Cal. S.P. Dom. 1663-4 pp. 177, 192). El. of Skinner, bp. of Oxford, 12 Oct.; royal assent 20 Oct.; (fn. 1) abp's conf. 4 Nov. (Lamb., Reg. Juxon and Sheldon ff. 360v-368v). Temps. 16 Nov. (P.R.O., C 66/3033; cf. Cal. S.P. Dom. 1663-4 p. 318). Enthr. by proxy 20 Nov. (BA.2648/10 (iii) p. 28). D. 14 June 1670 (m.i., Worcester cath.) (Survey of Cath. I 652).

Walter Blandford D.D. 1671-1675.

Congé d'élire 22 May 1671 (P.R.O., C 66/3125; cf. Cal. S.P. Dom. 1671 p. 248). El. of Blandford, bp. of Oxford, 2 June (Lamb., Reg. Sheldon f. 73v). Royal assent 8 June (ibid. f. 71r-v; P.R.O., C 66/3125). Abp's conf. 13 June (Lamb., Reg. Sheldon ff. 70-7). Enthr. by proxy 19 June (BA.2648/10 (iii) pp. 35-6). Temps. 21 June (P.R.O., C 66/3125; cf. Cal. S.P. Dom. 1671 pp. 315, 318, 322, 349). D. 16 July 1675 (m.i., Worcester cath.) (Survey of Cath. I 653).

James Fleetwood D.D. 1675-1683.

Congé d' élire 20 July 1675 (P.R.O., C 66/3173; cf. Cal. S.P. Dom. 1675-6 p. 211). El. 26 July (A 70 ff. 1-2). Royal assent 13 Aug. (P.R.O., C 66/3173; cf. Cal. S.P. Dom. 1675-6 p. 246). Abp's conf. 26 Aug.; cons. 29 Aug. (Lamb., Reg. Sheldon ff. 154v-162). Temps. 9 Sept. (P.R.O., C 66/3173). Enthr. by proxy 13 Sept. (A 70 ff. 2v-4; BA.2648/10 (iii) pp. 43-4). D. 17 July 1683 (m.i., Worcester cath.) (Survey of Cath. I 653-4).

William Thomas D.D. 1683-1689.

Congé d' élire 1 Aug. 1683 (P.R.O., C 66/3239; A 70 f. 17). El. of Thomas, bp. of St. Davids, 14 Aug. (A 70 ff. 17-18v). Royal assent 22 Aug. (Lamb., Reg. Sancroft f. 61v; cf. Cal. S.P. Dom. July-Sept. 1683 p. 309). Abp's conf. 27 Aug. (Lamb., Reg. Sancroft ff. 60v-67v). Temps. 1 Sept. (P.R.O., C 66/3239). Enthr. in person 6 Sept. (A 70 f. 18r-v; BA.2648/10 (iii) p. 71). D. 25 June 1689 (m.i., Worcester cath.) (Survey of Cath. I 654; Diary of Francis Evans p. 146).

Edward Stillingfleet D.D. 1689-1699.

Congé d' élire and letter missive issued 17 Sept. 1689 (A 70 f. 25; cf. Cal. S.P. Dom. 1689-90 p. 247). El. 21 Sept. (A 70 f. 25r-v). Warrant 26 Sept. for royal assent to el. (Cal. S.P. Dom. 1689-90 p. 274). Cons. 13 Oct. (Diary of Francis Evans p. 146). Warrant 21 Oct. for temps. (Cal. S.P. Dom. 1689-90 p. 297). Enthr. by proxy 26 Oct. (A 70 f. 26; BA.2648/10 (iii) p. 99). D. 27 March 1699 (BA.2648/10 (iii) p. 133; Diary of Francis Evans pp. 3, 146).

William Lloyd D.D. 1699-1717.

Congé d' élire and letter missive for Lloyd, bp. of Coventry and Lichfield, issued 18 May 1699 (A 70 f. 41 v). El. 29 May (ibid. f. 42). Royal assent 10 June (Lamb., Reg. Tenison I f. 26; cf. Cal. S.P. Dom. 1699-1700 p. 202). Abp's conf. 22 June (Lamb., Reg. Tenison I ff. 25-30). Warrant 22 June for temps. (Cal. S.P. Dom. 1699-1700 p. 231). Enthr. in person 8 Aug. (A 70 ff. 42v-43; BA.2648/10 (iii) p. 134; Diary of Francis Evans pp. 3, 7). D. 30 Aug. 1717 (BA.2648/10 (iii) p. 217; Lamb., Reg. Wake I f. 41).

John Hough D.D. 1717-1743.

Congé d' élire and letter missive for Hough, bp. of Coventry and Lichfield, issued 16 Sept. 1717 (P.R.O., C 66/3522). El. 21 Sept. (A 70 ff. 70v-71). Royal assent 25 Sept. (P.R.O., C 66/3522). Abp's conf. 28 Sept. (Lamb., Reg. Wake ff. 36v-44v). Temps. 12 Oct. (P.R.O., C 66/3521). Enthr. by proxy 25 Oct. (A 70 ff. 71v-72). D. 8 May 1743 (BA.2648/11 (i) f. 59; Lamb., Reg. Potter f. 250v).

Isaac Maddox D.D. 1743-1759.

Congé d' élire and letter missive for Maddox, bp. of St. Asaph, pubd. 31 May 1743 (Lond. Gaz. no. 8227); congé issued 6 June (P.R.O., C 209/9). El. 11 June (A 70 f. 115v). Royal assent 26 Oct. (P.R.O., C 209/9). Abp's conf. 12 Nov. (Lamb., Reg. Potter ff. 127-37). Temps. 29 Nov. (P.R.O., C 209/9). Enthr. by proxy 8 Dec. (A 70 ff. 116v-117). D. 27 Sept. 1759 (BA.2648/11 (i) f. 109; Lamb., Reg. Seeker f. 264).

James Johnson D.D. 1759-1774.

Congé d' élire and letter missive for Johnson, bp. of Gloucester, pubd. 9 Oct. 1759 (Lond. Gaz. no. 9937); congé issued 13 Oct. (P.R.O., C 209/14). El. 19 Oct. (A 70 f. 133). Royal assent 3 Nov. (P.R.O., C 209/13). Abp's conf. 9 Nov. (Lamb., Reg. Seeker ff. 31v-40). Temps. 14 Nov. (P.R.O., C 209/14). Enthr. by proxy 27 Nov. (A 70 f. 133v; BA.2648/11 (ii) f. 1v). D. 27 Nov. 1774 (BA.2648/11 (ii) f. 60v; Lamb., Reg. Cornwallis f. 385r-v).

Hon. Brownlow North D.C.L. 1774-1781.

Congé d' élire and letter missive for North, bp. of Coventry and Lichfield, pubd. 6 Dec. 1774 (Lond. Gaz. no. 11515); congé issued 12 Dec. (P.R.O., C 209/19). El. 19 Dec. (A 71 p. 23). Royal assent 27 Dec. (P.R.O., C 209/19). Abp's conf. 30 Dec. (Lamb., Reg. Cornwallis ff. 171-180v). Temps. 5 Jan. 1775 (P.R.O., C 209/19). Enthr. by proxy s.d. (A 71 pp. 24-5; BA.2648/11 (ii) f. 61 v). Trans. to Winchester 1781.

Richard Hurd D.D. 1781-1808.

Congé d' élire and letter missive for Hurd, bp. of Coventry and Lichfield, pubd. 9 June 1781 (Lond. Gaz. no. 12196); congé issued 15 June (P.R.O., C 209/19). El. 18 June (A 71 p. 40). Royal assent 27 June (P.R.O., C 209/19). Abp's conf. 30 June (Lamb., Reg. Cornwallis ff. 307-16). Enthr. by proxy 7 July (A 71 pp. 41-2; BA.2648/11 (ii) f. 85). Temps. 20 July (P.R.O., C 209/19). D. 28 May 1808 (Gent. Mag. 1808, lxxviii (1) 562).

Folliott Herbert Walker Cornewall D.D. 1808-1831.

Congé d' élire and letter missive for Cornewall, bp. of Hereford, pubd. 14 June 1808 (Lond. Gaz. no. 16153); congé issued 18 June (P.R.O., IND 1/16816). EL 28 June (Lamb., Reg. Sutton I f. 113). Royal assent 2 July (ibid. ff. 109v-110; P.R.O., IND 1/16816). Abp's conf. 13 July (Lamb., Reg. Sutton ff. 107v-118). Enthr. by proxy 21 July (A 71 pp. 112-13; BA.2648/12 (i) f. 70v). Temps. 25 July (P.R.O., IND 1/16816). D. 5 Sept. 1831 (Gent. Mag. 1831, ci (2) 370; BA.2648/12 (ii) f. 12).

Robert James Carr D.D. 1831-1841.

Congé d' élire and letter missive for Carr, bp. of Chichester, pubd. 10 Sept. 1831 (Lond. Gaz. no. 18849); congé issued 12 Sept. (P.R.O., IND 1/16816). El. 19 Sept. (Lamb., Reg. Howley p. 124). Royal assent s.d. (ibid. p. 120; P.R.O., IND 1/16816). Abp's conf. 23 Sept. (Lamb., Reg. Howley pp. 118-29). Temps. 1 Oct. (P.R.O., IND 1/16816). Enthr. by proxy 17 Dec. (BA.2648/12 (ii) f, 13). D. 24 Apr. 1841 (ibid. f. 85; Lamb., Reg. Howley p. 693).

Henry Pepys D.D. 1841-1860.

Congé d' élire and letter missive for Pepys, bp. of Sodor and Man, pubd. 29 Apr. 1841 (Lond. Gaz. no. 19975); congé issued 5 May (P.R.O., IND 1/16816). El. 13 May (Lamb., Reg. Howley p. 385). Royal assent 14 May (ibid. p. 380; P.R.O., IND 1/16816). Abp's conf. 18 May (Lamb., Reg. Howley pp. 377-92). Temps. 25 May (P.R.O., IND 1/16816). Enthr. in person 24 June (BA.2648/12 (ii) f. 87v). D. 13 Nov. 1860 (Gent. Mag. 1860, 3rd ser. ix 674).

Footnotes

1. Depriv. of bpc. of Gloucester because married et alia mala merita (Canterbury, Cath. Libr., Reg. N f. 38v). He was burnt for heresy 9 Feb. 1555 (Acts and Monuments of John Foxe, ed. S.R. Cattley (London, 1837-41) VI 652-9).
1. The impoverished see had been vac. for over a year, and had been refused by William Day, dean of Windsor ('it would utterly beggar me to lake it') (Hist. MSS. Comm., Cecil MSS. V 48, 79, 84, 122).
1 Variously given as 30 May (Cal. S.P. Dom. 1661-2 p. 384), 4 June (ibid. p. 398) or 7 July (P.R.O., C 66/3004).
2. Or 21 Sept. (Cal. S.P. Dom. 1661-2 p. 563; Diary of Francis Evans p. 145).
1. Variously given as 11 Nov. (Cal. S.P. Dom. 1661-2 p. 553), 13 Nov. (ibid. p. 555) or 17 Nov. (P.R.O., C 66/3004).
1. Or 29 Oct. (P.R.O., C 66/3033).


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