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Beckington [Bekynton], Thomas (1390?–1465), administrator and bishop of Bath and Wells, was the son of a weaver from Beckington, Somerset. He was admitted as a scholar to Winchester College in 1403, nominated a scholar of New College, Oxford, in 1406, and held a fellowship at ...

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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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Edington, William (d. 1366), administrator and bishop of Winchester, was the son of Roger and Amice of Edington near Westbury, Wiltshire. Claims that he was educated at Oxford have no substance, and he was never given an academic title in contemporary records. However, he was first taken up by ...

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Elphinstone, William (1431–1514), administrator, bishop of Aberdeen, and founder of the University of Aberdeen, was probably born in Glasgow. His father, also named William, was a younger son of Sir William Elphinstone of Pittendreich, Stirlingshire, but by 1430 had embarked upon an ecclesiastical career and had thereby committed his son to the illegitimate state. The ...

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Flambard, Ranulf (c. 1060–1128), administrator and bishop of Durham, was of humble birth.

Orderic Vitalis, who devotes most space to explaining his rise, says that he was of poor and obscure stock, the son of ...

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Fox [Foxe], Richard (1447/8–1528), administrator, bishop of Winchester, and founder of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, was born at Pullocks Manor, Ropsley, near Grantham, Lincolnshire. He gave his age as seventy-nine in April 1527, indicating that he was born in 1447 or 1448.

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Giffard, Godfrey (1235?–1302), administrator and bishop of Worcester, was the second son of Hugh Giffard of Boyton in Wiltshire, a royal justice, and Sybil, daughter and coheir of Walter de Cormeilles. His elder brother, Walter Giffard (d. 1279), became archbishop of York...

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Merton, Walter of (c. 1205–1277), administrator, bishop of Rochester, and founder of Merton College, Oxford, was the son of William Cook (le Kuk, le Keu) of Basingstoke, Hampshire, and in his early years was known as Walter of Basingstoke. His father, who died ...

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Waltham, John (d. 1395), administrator and bishop of Salisbury, was born at Waltham near Grimsby, Lincolnshire, where his parents, John (an esquire) and Margaret, owned the principal manor. He was a younger son. Among many identifiable kin (for he was born into a tight clan) were two uncles, ...

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Wykeham, William (c. 1324–1404), bishop of Winchester, administrator, and founder of Winchester College and New College, Oxford, was the son of John Long, a man of free condition from Wickham, Hampshire, and his wife, Sibyl, the daughter of William Bouadde (perhaps Boyatt) and ...