- Richard K. Rose
Kirkby, John (d. 1352), bishop of Carlisle, is first recorded in 1312, as a canon of the Augustinian priory of Carlisle. Like most of his fellows, he was probably a native of north-west England. Nothing is known of his education, though he is recorded as lending books on canon and civil law. He was ordained priest on 23 March 1314, suggesting that he was at least twenty-five by then. No later than 1330, and probably in 1325, he was elected prior. His priorate was marked by a series of disputes with ...