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Airmyn [Ayreminne], William (d. 1336), administrator and bishop of Norwich  

M. C. Buck

Airmyn [Ayreminne], William (d. 1336), administrator and bishop of Norwich, was the son of Adam and Matilda Airmyn, and probably came from the hamlet of Airmyn, near Selby, in Yorkshire, one of a large group of men from that region to obtain prominence in government service. First recorded as an attorney in ...

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Aiscough [Ayscough], William (c. 1395–1450), administrator and bishop of Salisbury  

Margaret Lucille Kekewich

Aiscough [Ayscough], William (c. 1395–1450), administrator and bishop of Salisbury, was the son of Robert Aiscough, of Potgrange, near Masham, Yorkshire, and brother of Robert, who became dean of the Chapel Royal. Ordained in 1415, he was master of arts by 1423 and doctor of theology by 1432, both probably of ...

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Alcock, John (1430–1500), administrator and bishop of Ely  

R. J. Schoeck

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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Baldock, Ralph (d. 1313), administrator and bishop of London  

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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Balmyle, Nicholas [Nicholas of St Andrews] (d. 1319/20), administrator and bishop of Dunblane  

Norman F. Shead

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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Barret, Patrick (d. 1415), bishop of Ferns and administrator  

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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Bateman [Norwich], William (c. 1298–1355), diplomat, founder of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and bishop of Norwich  

Roy Martin Haines

Bateman [Norwich], William (c. 1298–1355), diplomat, founder of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and bishop of Norwich, was probably born in Norwich (from which he was sometimes named), the third son of William and Margery Bateman. His father was many times bailiff of the city, and in 1326–7 its member of ...

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Henry Beaufort (1375?–1447) stone effigy © English Heritage. NMR

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Beaufort, Henry [called the Cardinal of England] (1375?–1447), bishop of Winchester and cardinal  

G. L. Harriss

Beaufort, Henry [called the Cardinal of England] (1375?–1447), bishop of Winchester and cardinal, was the second of four illegitimate children of John of Gaunt, duke of Lancaster (1340–1399), and Katherine Swynford (1350?–1403), daughter of the Hainaulter Sir Payn Roelt, who was governess to the duke's children [...

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Beckington [Bekynton], Thomas (1390?–1465), administrator and bishop of Bath and Wells  

Robert W. Dunning

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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Thomas Beckington (1390?–1465) tomb effigy Chapter of Wells Cathedral

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Belmeis [Beaumais], Richard de (d. 1127), administrator and bishop of London  

J. F. A. Mason

Belmeis [Beaumais], Richard de (d. 1127), administrator and bishop of London, came (according to one of L. C. Loyd's less fully proven attributions) from Beaumais-sur-Dive in Calvados. Beaumais was in the Hièmois, and Belmeis first appeared in England as a rear-tenant of Roger de Montgomery, ...

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Bernard (d. 1330/31), administrator and bishop of Sodor  

A. A. M. Duncan

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  

Dorothy M. Owen

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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Bondington, William of (d. 1258), bishop of Glasgow  

A. A. M. Duncan

Bondington, William of (d. 1258), bishop of Glasgow, was probably of Scottish birth, his family name coming from one of the several (now) Bonningtons in Scotland; that in Peeblesshire has been particularly favoured because his first preferment was as parson of Eddleston. He seems not to have attended a university, and first appears as clerk of two chancellors of ...

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Booth [Bothe], Laurence (c. 1420–1480), bishop of Durham and archbishop of York  

A. J. Pollard

Booth [Bothe], Laurence (c. 1420–1480), bishop of Durham and archbishop of York, was the illegitimate and probably youngest son of John Booth of Barton in Eccles, Lancashire (d. 1422). His mother is unknown. He was educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge, from which he took degrees in both civil and canon law by 1448. In 1442 he received papal dispensation as a son of unmarried parents for promotion to holy orders, and was duly ordained priest in 1446. By then he had already been presented to the rectory of ...

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Brantingham, Thomas (d. 1394), administrator and bishop of Exeter  

R. G. Davies

Brantingham, Thomas (d. 1394), administrator and bishop of Exeter, took his name from Brantingham in the East Riding of Yorkshire, where he later held the sub-manor of Thorp; his father's name was John, and he was doubtless related to Ralph Brantingham, a veteran clerk and chamberlain of the ...

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Braybrooke [Braybroke], Robert (1336/7–1404), bishop of London  

R. G. Davies

Braybrooke [Braybroke], Robert (1336/7–1404), bishop of London, was born at Colmworth, Bedfordshire, a younger son of Sir Gerard Braybrooke of Colmworth and his wife, Isabella, probably a daughter of Sir Reginald Hampden of Great Hampden, Buckinghamshire. His father was MP for the county no fewer than sixteen times, and the family's landed pedigree can be traced from at least the mid-twelfth century. The bishop was recognized as kin by ...

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Bubwith, Nicholas (c. 1355–1424), administrator and bishop of Bath and Wells  

R. G. Davies

revised

Bubwith, Nicholas (c. 1355–1424), administrator and bishop of Bath and Wells, was born at Menthorpe in the East Riding of Yorkshire, and brought up in nearby Bubwith. T. S. Holmes speculated that he was the son of Thomas and Isabel Bubwith and had two brothers, ...

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Buckingham, John (c. 1320–1399), administrator and bishop of Lincoln  

A. K. McHardy

Buckingham, John (c. 1320–1399), administrator and bishop of Lincoln, was born on 23 June about 1320; his family was of much less than gentry rank. Earliest references link him to Thomas Beauchamp, earl of Warwick (d. 1369). Buckingham's arms, gules a cross bottonny or, were closely based on the ...