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Abbot, Robert (1559/60–1618), bishop of Salisbury, was born at Guildford, Surrey, 'in a house now an ale-house bearing the sign of the three mariners, by the river side, near to the bridge, on the north side of the street, in St Nicholas's parish...

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Robert Abbot (1559/6060–1618) by unknown artist, 1615–18 collection Maidstone Museum and Art Gallery; Photograph: The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

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Acca [St Acca] (d. 740), bishop of Hexham, is best known as the disciple of Wilfrid and patron of Bede. He became a monk at an unknown date and joined the household of Bishop Bosa of York after 678; but he seems to have attached himself to ...

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Peter d' Aigueblanche (d. 1268) tomb effigy by permission of the Dean and Chapter of Hereford Cathedral

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Aigueblanche, Peter d' [Peter de Aqua Blanca] (d. 1268), bishop of Hereford and royal councillor, was descended from the family of Briançon, holders of the lordship of Aigueblanche (Savoie) in the Tarentaise or valley of the upper Isère, dependants of the counts of Savoy...

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Aitken [Atkine], James (1612/13–1687), bishop of Galloway, was born in Kirkwall, Orkney, the third son of Henry Aitken, commissary and sheriff of Orkney and Shetland, and Elizabeth Buchanan. He attended Kirkwall grammar school before moving on to the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated MA on 23 July 1636. During the next two turbulent years of the covenanting revolution he completed his formal education at ...

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Aldrich, Robert (1488/9–1556), bishop of Carlisle, was born at Burnham, Buckinghamshire, probably the son of Richard Aldryge; his brother John, a London grocer, died early in 1518. Robert was educated at Eton College, and was admitted as a scholar of King's College, Cambridge...

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Alhmund [Alchmund] (d. 781), bishop of Hexham, was consecrated in 767. He died in 781, and was buried near his more famous predecessor, Acca, outside the walls of the church of his see. The translation of Alhmund's body to a tomb within the church took place about 1030. ...

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Alley, William (1510/11–1570), bishop of Exeter, entered Eton College as a scholar from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, about 1524, and proceeded to King's College, Cambridge, where he was admitted a scholar on 12 August 1528, aged seventeen, and a fellow in 1530. He graduated BA early in 1533 and vacated his fellowship in 1534 on being ordained deacon, and probably also priest—presumably to take up an ecclesiastical post. At this time or later he acquired a mastery of Greek and Hebrew and a knowledge of theology which led him towards protestantism, but little is recorded about his life for the next twenty-five years. By 1544 he had proceeded MA, but from which university is unknown. The ...

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Andrewes, Lancelot (1555–1626), bishop of Winchester, was born in the London parish of All Hallows Barking (All Hallows by the Tower), the first of twelve children born to Thomas Andrewes (d. 1593) and his wife, Joan (d. 1598).