- Paul Dalton
Geoffrey Rufus (d. 1141), administrator and bishop of Durham, is of unknown parentage. It is not known to what circumstances he owed his surname. In 1114 he may have been a household clerk and protégé of Bishop Roger of Salisbury (d. 1139), and by 1116 he was possibly a chaplain in the royal household. In 1123 he was appointed royal chancellor, an office he held probably until his consecration as bishop of ...