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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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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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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).

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Atterbury, Francis (1663–1732), bishop of Rochester, politician, and Jacobite conspirator, was born on 6 March 1663 at Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, the younger son of Lewis Atterbury (1630/31–1693) [see under Atterbury, Lewis (1656-1731)], then rector of Milton Keynes, and his wife, Elizabeth, ...

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Babington, Gervase (1549/50–1610), theologian and bishop of Worcester, was born in Nottinghamshire, as Sir John Harington noted, 'by birth … a gentleman of a verie good house' (Harington, 129). Claims that he was a native of Devon, made by ...

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Bagot, Lewis (1740–1802), bishop of Bristol, Norwich, and St Asaph, was born on 1 January 1740, the fifth son of Sir Walter Bagot, fifth baronet (1702–1768), of Blithfield, Staffordshire, and his wife, Lady Barbara Legge (d. 1765). He was a younger brother of ...

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Bagot, Richard (1782–1854), bishop of Bath and Wells, was born at Daventry, Northamptonshire, on 22 November 1782, son of William, first Baron Bagot, and his wife, the Hon. Elizabeth Louisa St John (d. 1820), daughter of the second Viscount Bolingbroke. William Bagot, ...

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Bancroft, John (1574–1641), bishop of Oxford, was born at Asthall, Oxfordshire, between Burford and Minster Lovell in the Cotswolds. His father, Christopher, was brother of Richard Bancroft (bap. 1544, d. 1610), bishop of London and later archbishop of Canterbury, and through his paternal grandmother he was great-great-nephew of ...

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Barlow, Thomas (1608/9–1691), bishop of Lincoln, was born at Long-Gill, Orton, Westmorland, the son of Richard Barlow (d. 1637). He was educated under William Pickering at Appleby grammar school. He matriculated as a servitor from the Queen's College, Oxford, on 1 July 1625 aged sixteen, and later became a taberdar. He graduated BA on 24 July 1630, proceeded MA on 27 June 1633, and was elected a fellow of ...

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Barnes, Ernest William (1874–1953), bishop of Birmingham, was born on 1 April 1874 in Altrincham, Cheshire, the eldest of the four sons of John Starkie Barnes (1843–1922) and his wife, Jane Elizabeth Kerry (1850–1938), of Charlbury, Oxfordshire. The fact of his having been born on April fool's day delighted his many antagonists in later life. An elementary schoolteacher, ...

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Barrington, Shute (1734–1826), bishop of Durham, was born on 26 May 1734 at the family seat of Becket, Berkshire, sixth and youngest son of the prominent protestant politician John Shute Barrington, first Viscount Barrington in the Irish peerage (1678–1734), and of his wife, ...

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Bathurst, Henry (bap. 1744, d. 1837), bishop of Norwich, was born at Westminster, London, and baptized on 15 October 1744, the seventh son of Benjamin Bathurst of Lydney Park (1688–1767), and the third of his fourteen children with his second wife, Catherine Whitfield...

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Beaw, William (1616–1706), bishop of Llandaff, was born in December 1616 in Hagbourne, Berkshire, the son of William Beaw, a beneficed clergyman, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Twisse, who was of German descent and the daughter of William Twisse, clothier. Raised under the influence of his uncle, the puritan theologian ...

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Bell, George Kennedy Allen (1883–1958), bishop of Chichester, was born at the vicarage, Hayling Island, within sight of the spire of Chichester Cathedral, on 4 February 1883, the eldest child of James Allen Bell, the vicar of Hayling Island, and his wife, Sarah Georgina Megaw...

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Benson, Martin (1689–1752), bishop of Gloucester, was born on 23 April 1689 at Cradley, Herefordshire, the son of the Revd John Benson (1652?–1713), rector of Cradley, and his wife, Catherine Martin (d. 1725). He entered Charterhouse in 1703, from where he went to ...

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Beveridge, William (bap. 1637, d. 1708), bishop of St Asaph, was the son of William Beveridge (1608/9–1640/41) and was baptized on 21 February 1637 at Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire, where his grandfather, father, and elder brother John were successively vicars. He spent two years at the new free school at ...

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Bickersteth, Edward Henry (1825–1906), bishop of Exeter, the third child and only son of the Revd Edward Bickersteth (1786–1850) and his wife, Sarah (d. 1859), eldest daughter of Thomas Bignold of Norwich, was born at Barnsbury Park, Islington, London, on 25 January 1825, when his father was secretary of the ...

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Bickley, Thomas (c. 1518–1596), bishop of Chichester, was born at Stowe, Buckinghamshire. He became a chorister of Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1531, a demy in 1534, and a probationary fellow on 25 July 1540; he was confirmed in his fellowship a year later, on 26 July 1541. He was admitted BA in 1540 and incepted MA in 1546. Apparently an enthusiastic supporter of the reformed cause, he was involved in an incident in ...

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Bilson, Thomas (1546/7–1616), bishop of Winchester, was one of the five children of Harmon Bilson (d. 1592) and his wife, Jone (d. 1557). Of German descent but settled in Winchester for two generations, the Bilsons displayed a commitment to the city and to learning that would be reflected in ...

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Bisse, Philip (bap. 1666, d. 1721), bishop of Hereford, was baptized on 28 May 1666 at Oldbury on the Hill, Gloucestershire, the elder son of the Revd John Bisse (c.1638–1686), rector of the parish, and his wife, Joyce Gyles. He was a cousin of ...