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Breton [Bretun], John le [John Brito] (d. 1275), justice and bishop of Hereford, was chosen bishop from among the canons of Hereford in January 1269 and was consecrated on 2 June of that year. On his death in 1275 certain chronicles describe him as an 'expert in English laws, who had written a book about them called ...

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Gibson, William (d. 1542), judge and bishop, was the second son of Thomas Gibson of Durie in Fife. He was educated at the University of Glasgow, where he was incorporated in 1503 and graduated on 4 December 1507. He was elected bursar of the university in October 1507. Thereafter he evidently studied law at a university overseas....

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Raleigh [Ralegh], William of (d. 1250), justice, administrator, and bishop of Winchester, came of a prominent Devon family which had several branches and whose members are sometimes difficult to distinguish from one another. In 1212 King John presented him to the church of ...

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Sinclair, Henry (1507/8–1565), judge and bishop of Ross, was the son of Sir Oliver Sinclair of Roslin, Edinburghshire (d. 1513), and his second wife, Isabella Livingstone, and grandson of William Sinclair, third earl of Orkney and first earl of Caithness (b. after 1407, d. 1480)...

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Walton [Wauton], Simon of (d. 1265/6), justice and bishop of Norwich, was probably a native of Walton d'Eiville, Warwickshire. In 1235–6 Master Simon of Walton appears as a plaintiff concerning lands in nearby Tysoe. A trained canon lawyer, his services brought him a pension from ...

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York, William of (d. 1256), justice, and bishop of Salisbury, apparently came from the East Riding of Yorkshire, though nothing is known of his parentage or early life. He may have begun his official career as a chancery clerk, perhaps under the patronage of ...