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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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Francis Atterbury (1663–1732) by Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1718 Christ Church, Oxford

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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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Fox, Edward (1496–1538), diplomat and bishop of Hereford, was born at Dursley, Gloucestershire, one of at least three children of William Fox (of a well-known Shropshire gentry family) and his wife, Joanna. According to one unreliable source he had a brother named Charles...

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Gerard (d. 1108), bishop of Hereford and archbishop of York, was a member of a notable ecclesiastical family, being the nephew of Walkelin, bishop of Winchester (1070–98), and of Simeon, abbot of Ely (1082–94). His parents, Osbert and Anna, and his brother, Peter...

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Goodrich [Goodryck], Thomas (1494–1554), bishop of Ely and lord chancellor, was a younger son of William Goodrich of East Kirkby, Lincolnshire, and his wife, Katherine. He was educated in Lincolnshire and at Jesus College, Cambridge.

At Jesus, Goodrich was an exact contemporary and close friend of his fellow ...

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Knight, William (1475/6–1547), diplomat and bishop of Bath and Wells, was admitted as a scholar to Winchester College in 1487, aged eleven, the son of a college tenant in London. Little is known of his family. In 1514 he referred to John Newington...

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Lee, Rowland (c. 1487–1543), administrator and bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, was the son of William Lee (d. 1511) of Morpeth, Northumberland, who was in 1509 receiver-general of Berwick-on-Tweed and other royal manors and lordships, and his wife, Isabel, daughter and heir of ...

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John Robinson (1650–1723) by George Vertue (after Michael Dahl, 1712) Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Robinson, John (1650–1723), bishop of London and diplomatist, was born in Cleasby in the North Riding of Yorkshire on 7 November 1650, according to his monumental inscription. He was the second surviving son and namesake of John Robinson, a cooper who died the following year, and his wife, ...

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Sir George Pretyman Tomline, fifth baronet (1750–1827) by John Jackson, exh. RA 1824 by kind permission of the Bishop of Winchester and the Church Commissioners

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Tomline, Sir George Pretyman, fifth baronet (1750–1827), bishop of Winchester and political adviser, was born George Pretyman at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, on 9 October 1750, the eldest son of George Pretyman (1722–1810), landowner and wool dealer, and his wife, Susan (1720/21–1807), daughter of ...

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Cuthbert Tunstal (1474–1559) by unknown artist private collection. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Tunstal [Tunstall], Cuthbert (1474–1559), bishop of Durham and diplomat, was born near Hornby Castle in Hackforth, Yorkshire, the son of Thomas Tunstal, later a squire of the body to Richard III, and of his future second wife, a daughter of Sir John Conyers...

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Francis Turner (1637–1700) by unknown artist, c. 1670 by permission of the Master and Fellows of St John's College, Cambridge

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Turner, Francis (1637–1700), bishop of Ely, nonjuror, and Jacobite conspirator, was born on 23 August 1637, the eldest son of Thomas Turner (bap. 1592, d. 1672), chaplain to Charles I and dean of Canterbury, and his wife, Margaret (1607/8–1692), daughter of Charles's secretary of state, ...