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Alcock, John (1430–1500), administrator and bishop of Ely, was born at Beverley, Yorkshire, the son of William Alcock of Hull. Alcock received his early schooling in the grammar school attached to Beverley Minster, and then attended Cambridge University. DCL by 1459, he began his career in local diocesan administration in ...

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Arundel [Fitzalan], Thomas (1353–1414), administrator and archbishop of Canterbury, was the third son of Richard (II) Fitzalan, third earl of Arundel and eighth earl of Surrey (c. 1313–1376), and his wife, Eleanor (d. 1372), the daughter of Henry, earl of Lancaster, and widow of ...

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Ashton, Sir Robert (d. 1384), soldier and administrator, came from Long Ashton in Somerset, and was the son of another Robert Ashton. The younger Robert's date of birth is uncertain, but he was already a knight in 1361. He accompanied Lionel, duke of Clarence...

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H. A. Tipping

revised by M. C. Buck

Baldock, Ralph (d. 1313), administrator and bishop of London, was first recorded in February 1275, when he was admitted as rector of Little Woolstone in Buckinghamshire. In St Paul's he held, probably successively, the prebendal stalls of Holborn and Newington and is also found as prebendary of ...

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Baldock, Robert (d. 1327), administrator, was of obscure origins, but was probably born in Baldock in Hertfordshire. He was an executor, and almost certainly a relative, of Ralph Baldock (d. 1313), bishop of London (1306–13) whose family name, the Pauline annalist suggests, was ...

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Balmyle, Nicholas [Nicholas of St Andrews] (d. 1319/20), administrator and bishop of Dunblane, first appears on record, described as master, in 1259. Balmyle may be derived from one of two places in Perthshire. Neither his date of birth nor his place of study is known. He is rarely mentioned before the 1280s and 1290s, during which time he is variously recorded as official of the archdeacon of ...

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Barnewall, John, third Baron Trimleston (1470–1538), administrator, was the son and heir of Christopher Barnewall, second Baron Trimleston, and his first wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Thomas Plunket of Rathmore, co. Meath. In 1504 John was the king's attorney and was appointed the king's serjeant-at-law. Early in ...

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J. M. Rigg

revised by D. B. Johnston

Barret, Patrick (d. 1415), bishop of Ferns and administrator, was a canon of the Augustinian abbey of Kells in the bishopric of Ossory. He was consecrated by the pope at Rome in December 1400 and was restored to the temporalities on 11 April 1401. From 1403 he was active in peacekeeping in ...

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Beaton, James (c. 1473–1539), administrator and archbishop of St Andrews, was the sixth son of John Beaton of Balfour in the parish of Markinch, and Marjory, daughter of Sir David Boswell of Balmouto in the parish of Kinghorn. For one who was later to hold the highest offices in church and state and to exercise immense power, it is noteworthy that he was not connected by blood to any of the noble houses of ...

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Bernard (d. 1330/31), administrator and bishop of Sodor, has been identified since 1726, but erroneously, with the Bernard of Linton, parson of Mordington, recorded in the Ragman rolls of 1296. In view of the rarity of the name Bernard and the place of his burial he is much more likely to have been the ...

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Bloet, Robert (d. 1123), administrator and bishop of Lincoln, was Norman by birth, a member of the baronial family of Ivry. Hugues, bishop of Bayeux, and Jean, archbishop of Rouen, were his kinsmen. A chaplain of William I, in September 1087 Bloet was dispatched to ...

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Bourchier [Bousser], Robert, first Lord Bourchier (d. 1349), administrator, was the son of Sir John Bousser (d. 1329/30), a judge of the common pleas, and his wife, Helen, daughter of Walter of Colchester. The family's estates lay in Essex, where Robert later added substantially to them, especially in and around ...

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Burnell, Robert (d. 1292), administrator and bishop of Bath and Wells, came from a family that by 1198 had given its name to Acton Burnell in Shropshire.

Robert was probably the son of Roger Burnell, last heard of in 1259, from whom he would have inherited the half of the manor of ...

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Richard Bury (1287–1345) seal Chapter of Durham Cathedral

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Bury [Aungerville], Richard (1287–1345), administrator and bishop of Durham, was the son of Sir Richard d'Aungerville of Willoughby, Leicestershire. He was born on 24 January 1287 near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk (whence his name). After the death of his father he was raised and educated by his uncle, ...

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Charteris, Sir Thomas (d. 1346), administrator, was perhaps distantly related to the Thomas Charteris, archdeacon of Lothian (of an Annandale family), who was chancellor from 1285 until the overlordship of Edward I was recognized on 11 June 1291, or to Sir Thomas Chartres (...

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Chishall [Chishull], John of (d. 1280), administrator and bishop of London, was probably born in Essex in the village of Chishall, between Royston and Walden, from which he doubtless took his name. A branch of his family was afterwards settled at Bardfield in the same county. By 1252 ...

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Cranley, Thomas (c. 1337–1417), archbishop of Dublin and administrator, probably came from Cranleigh in Surrey. He was a student at Oxford and proceeded to the degree of doctor in divinity, his name first appearing in 1366, as a fellow of Merton College. He was ordained by ...

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Thomas Cranley (c. 1337–1417) memorial brass, c. 1417 © courtesy of the warden and scholars of New College, Oxford / The Bridgeman Art Library

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Crichton, William, of that ilk, first Lord Crichton (d. 1453), administrator and courtier, was the eldest son of Sir John Crichton of that ilk and his spouse, thought to have been Christian Grimslaw (who survived her husband). The family's principal seat was at ...