Bishop of Hereford

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Bishop of Hereford
Bishopric
Anglican
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Incumbent:
vacant

Province: Canterbury
Diocese: Hereford
Cathedral: St Mary's and St Ethelbert's, Hereford
First Bishop: Putta
Formation: 676

The Bishop of Hereford is the ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Hereford in the Province of Canterbury.

The episcopal see is centred in the City of Hereford where the bishop's seat (cathedra) is in the Cathedral Church of Saint Mary and Saint Ethelbert. The diocese was originally founded for the minor sub-kingdom of the Magonsæte in 676. It now covers the whole of the county of Herefordshire, southern Shropshire and a few parishes in Worcestershire, Powys and Monmouthshire. The arms of the see are gules, three leopard's faces reversed jessant-de-lys or, which were the personal arms of Bishop Thomas de Cantilupe (d.1282).1

Until 1534 the Diocese of Hereford was in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. During the English Reformation the bishops of England and Wales conformed to the independent Church of England under Henry VIII and Edward VI but, under Mary I, they adhered to the Roman Catholic Church. Since the accession of Elizabeth I the diocese has again been part of the Church of England and Anglican Communion.

The bishop's residence is The Palace, Hereford. The most recent and 104th Bishop of Hereford was the Right Reverend Anthony Priddis who retired on 24 September 2013.

List of bishops

Note: The chronology prior to 1056 is partly conjectural.

Anglo-Saxon bishops

Anglo-Saxon Bishops of Hereford
From Until Incumbent Notes
676 676 x 688 Putta Formerly Bishop of Rochester (669–676). As the refounder of Hereford Cathedral, he was recorded as Bishop of Uuestor Elih, although may not have actually held the office of Bishop of Hereford, but was considered to have been such by c. 800.
688 705 x 710 Tyrhtel Also recorded as Thyrtell or Tirhtullus.
710 727 x 731 Torhthere Also recorded as Torchtere;Tortherus.
727 x 731 731 x 736 Walhstod Also recorded as Walchstod; Walstodus; Wastoldus.Formerly Abbot of Glastonbury.
736 740 Cuthbert Also recorded as Cuthbeorht. Abbot of Lyminge. Translated to Canterbury.
741 747 x 758 Podda
747 x 758 758 x 770 Acca Also recorded as Ecca.
758 x 770 770 x 777 Headda Also recorded as Ceadda.
777 x 778 781 x 786 Aldberht Also recorded as Aaldberht; Albertus; Alberus; Ealdbeorht.
781 x 786 786 x 788 Esne Also recorded as Esna.
786 x 788 793 x 798 Ceolmund Also recorded as Celmundus; Celmund.
793 x 798 799 x 801 Utel Also recorded as Utellus.
799 x 801 822 x 824 Wulfheard Also recorded as Wulfhard; Wulfehard.
824 825 x 832 Beonna Also recorded as Benna.
825 x 832 836 x 839 Eadwulf Also recorded as Eadulf; Edulph.
836 x 839 857 x 866 Cuthwulf Also recorded as Cuthwolf.
857 x 866 857 x 866 Mucel Also recorded as Mucellus.
857 x 866 884 x 888 Deorlaf
888 888 x 890 Cynemund Also recorded as Cunemund; Ceynemundus.
888 x 890 930 or 931 Edgar Also recorded as Eadgar.
930 or 931 934 or 937 x 940 Tidhelm
934 or 937 x 940 934 or 937 x 940 Wulfhelm Also recorded as Wulfehelm.
934 or 937 x 940 949 x 958 or 971 Ælfric
 ? x 971 1013 x ? Athulf Also recorded as Æthelwulf. Formerly a monk of Old Minster, Winchester.
1013 x 1016 1056 Æthelstan Died in office on 10 February 1056.
March 1056 June 1056 Leofgar Also recorded as Leovegard. Previously chaplain to Harold Godwinson. Consecrated in March 1056. Died in office on 16 June 1056. Canonised Saint Leovegard.
1056 1061 Ealdred Also Bishop of Worcester (1044–1062) and Archbishop of York (1061–1069).
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Norman conquest to the Reformation

Bishops of Hereford from the Norman conquest to the Reformation
From Until Incumbent Notes
1061 1079 Walter Also recorded as Walter of Lotharingia. Formerly chaplain to Queen Edith. Consecrated on 15 April 1061. Died in office.
1079 1095 Robert de Losinga Also recorded as Robert of Lorraine; Robert the Lotharingian. Probably formerly a canon of Liège. Consecrated on 29 December 1079. Died in office on 26 June 1095.
1096 1100 Gerard Previously Lord Chancellor of England (1085–92). Consecrated on 15 June 1096. Translated to York in April 1100.
1100 1102 See vacant
1102 Roger (bishop-elect) Formerly larderer to King Henry I. Invested with the bishopric on 29 September 1102, but within a week died without consecration.
1102 1107 See vacant
1107 1115 Reynelm Also recorded as Reinhelm; Reinelm. Formerly Chancellor to the Queen Matilda, wife of King Henry I. Invested with the bishopric, probably after Christmas 1102, but resigned it to the king before 29 March 1103. Consecrated on 11 August 1107. Died in office on 27 or 28 October 1115.
1115 1119 Geoffrey de Clive Also recorded as Geoffrey de Clyve. Formerly chaplain to King Henry I. Consecrated on 26 December 1115. Died in office on 2 or 3 February 1119.
1119 1121 See vacant
1121 1127 Richard de Capella Formerly keeper of the king's seal under the Lord Chancellor. Elected on 7 January and consecrated on 16 January 1121. Died in office on 15 August 1127.
1127 1131 See vacant
1131 1148 Robert de Bethune Also recorded as Robert de Betun. Formerly Prior of Llanthony. Consecrated on 28 June 1131. Died in office on 16 April 1148.
1148 1163 Gilbert Foliot Formerly Abbot of Gloucester (1139–48). Consecrated on 5 September 1148. Translated to London on 6 March 1163.
1163 1167 Robert of Melun Formerly Prior of Llanthony. Consecrated on 22 December 1163. Died in office on 27 February 1167.
1167 1173 See vacant
1174 1186 Robert Foliot Formerly Archdeacon of Oxford (1151–74). Elected in late April 1173 and consecrated on 6 October 1174. Died in office on 9 May 1186.
1186 1198 William de Vere Formerly a prebendary of St Paul's, London. Elected circa 25 May and consecrated on 10 August 1186. Died in office on 1198.
1198 1200 See vacant
1200 1215 Giles de Braose Also recorded as Giles de Bruse. Elected before 19 September and consecrated on 24 September 1200. Died in office before 18 November 1215.
1216 1219 Hugh de Mapenor Also recorded as Hugh de Mapenore. Formerly Dean of Hereford (1207–16). Elected on 3 February, received possession of the temporalities on 9 December, and consecrated on 18 December 1216. Died in office on 16 April 1219.
1219 1234 Hugh Foliot Formerly Archdeacon of Shropshire (1178–19). Elected in June, received possession of the temporalities on 2 July, and consecrated on 27 October 1219. Died in office on 7 August 1234.
1234 1239 Ralph de Maidstone Also recorded as Ralph Maidstone. Formerly Dean of Hereford (1231–34). Elected sometime between 21 August and 30 September and consecrated on 12 November 1234. Resigned on 17 December 1239 and died on 27 January 1245.
1239 1240 Michael (bishop-elect) Canon of Lichfield. Elected by the chapter of Hereford, but it was quashed in August 1240.
1240 1268 Peter of Aigueblanche Also recorded as Peter de Egueblank, Peter de Egeblaunch; Peter of Savoy; Peter D'Aquablanca. Formerly Archdeacon of Shropshire (1240). Elected on 24 August, received possession of the temporalities on 6 September, and consecrated on 23 December 1240. Died in office on 27 November 1268.
1269 1275 John de Breton Also recorded as John Breton. Elected circa 6 January, received possession of the temporalities on 20 April, and consecrated on 2 June 1269. Died in office on 12 May 1275.
1275 1282 Thomas de Cantilupe Previously Lord Chancellor of England (1264–65). Elected on 14 June, received possession of the temporalities on 26 June, and consecrated on 8 September 1275. Died in office on 25 August 1282. Canonized Saint Thomas de Cantilupe by Pope John XXII on 17 April 1320.
1283 1317 Richard Swinefield Also recorded as Richard de Swinfield. Elected on 1 October 1282, received possession of the temporalities on 8 January 1283, and consecrated on 7 March 1283. Died in office on 15 March 1317.
1317 1327 Adam Orleton Appointed on 15 May, consecrated on 22 May, and received possession of the temporalities on 24 July 1317. Also Lord Treasurer (1327). Translated to Worcester on 25 September 1327.
1327 1344 Thomas Charleton Previously Lord Privy Seal (1316–20). Appointed on 25 September, conscecrated on 18 October, and received possession of the temporalities on 21 December 1327. Also was Lord Treasurer (1328) and Lord Chancellor of Ireland (1337–38). Died in office on 11 January 1344.
1344 1360 John Trilleck Elected on 22 February, received possession of the temporalities on 29 March, and consecrated on 29 August 1344. Died in office on 20 November 1360.
1361 1369 Lewis de Charleton Also recorded as Lewis Charlton. Formerly a canon of Hereford and Chancellor of Oxford University. Appointed on 10 September, consecrated on 3 October, and received possession of the temporalities on 14 November 1361. Died in office on 23 May 1369.
1370 1375 William Courtenay Formerly a prebendary of York. Appointed on 17 August 1369, consecrated on 17 March 1370, and received possession of the temporalities on 19 March 1370. Translated to London on 12 September 1375.
1375 1389 John Gilbert Translated from Bangor. Appointed on 12 September and received possession of the temporalities on 4 December 1375. Translated to St David's on 5 May 1389.
1389 1404 Thomas Trevenant Also recorded as Thomas Treffnant. Formerly a canon of St Asaph and Lincoln. Appointed on 5 May, consecrated on 20 June, and received possession of the temporalities on 16 October 1389. Died in office on 29 March 1404.
1404 1416 Robert Mascall Also recorded as Robert Maschal. Formerly confessor to the King Henry IV. Appointed on 2 July, consecrated on 6 July, and received possession of the temporalities on 25 September 1404. Died in office on 22 December 1416.
1417 1420 Edmund Lacey Also recorded as Edmund Lacy. Formerly a canon of Windsor. Elected sometime between 21 January and 17 February, consecrated on 18 April, and received possession of the temporalities on 1 May 1417. Translated to Exeter on 15 July 1420.
1420 1421 Thomas Polton Formerly Dean of York (1416–20). Appointed on 15 July, consecrated on 21 July, and received possession of the temporalities on 9 November 1420. Translated to Chichester on 17 November 1421.
1421 1448 Thomas Spofford Formerly Abbot of St Mary's, York (1405–21) and Bishop-elect of Rochester (1421). Appointed on 18 November 1421, consecrated on 24 May 1422, and received possession of the temporalities on 25 May 1422. Resigned before 4 December 1448.
1448 1450 Richard Beauchamp Formerly Archdeacon of Suffolk (c.1441–48). Appointed on 4 December 1448, received possession of the temporalities on 31 January 1449, and consecrated on 9 February 1449. Translated to Salisbury on 14 August 1450.
1450 1453 Reginald Boulers Formerly Abbot of Gloucester (1437–50). Appointed on 18 September, received possession of the temporalities on 23 December 1450, and consecrated on 14 February 1451. Translated to Coventry & Lichfield on 7 February 1453.
1453 1474 John Stanberry Also recorded as John Stanbury. Translated from Bangor. Appointed on 7 February and received possession of the temporalities on 26 March 1453. Died in office on 11 May 1474.
1474 1492 Thomas Mylling Also known as Thomas Milling. Formerly Abbot of Westminster (1469–74). Appointed on 22 June, received possession of the temporalities on 15 August, and consecrated on 21 August 1474. Died in office before 12 January 1492.
1492 1502 Edmund Audley Also recorded as Edmund Touchet. Translated from Rochester. Appointed on 22 June and received possession of the temporalities on 26 December 1492. Translated to Salisbury on 10 January 1502.
1502 1504 Adriano Castellesi Also recorded as Adrian de Castello; Adriano of Castelli; Hadrian de Castello. Formerly a prebendary of St Paul's, London. Appointed on 14 February 1502, consecrated before May 1502, and received possession of the temporalities on before 8 August 1502. Translated to Bath & Wells on 4 August 1504.
1504 1516 Richard Mayew Also recorded as Richard Mayeu; Richard Mayo. Appointed on 9 August, consecrated on 27 October, and received possession of the temporalities on 1 November 1504. Also was Vice-Chancellor (1484–85) and Chancellor (1502–06) of the University of Oxford, and President of Magdalen College, Oxford (1480–1507). Died in office on 18 April 1516.
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Bishops during the Reformation

Bishops of Hereford during the Reformation
From Until Incumbent Notes
1516 1535 Charles Booth Formerly a prebendary of Lincoln. Appointed by Pope Leo X on 21 July 1516, consecrated on 30 November 1516, and received possession of the temporalities on 19 February 1517. Died in office on 5 May 1535.
1535 1538 Edward Foxe Also recorded as Edward Fox. Nominated by King Henry VIII on 20 August, elected on 25 August, and consecrated on 26 September 1535. Also was Provost of King's College, Cambridge (1528–38). Died in office on 8 May 1538.
1538 1539 Edmund Bonner (bishop-elect) Formerly Archdeacon of Leicester (1535–38). Nominated by King Henry VIII on 5 October, elected on 26 October, and confimed on 17 December 1538. Without being consecrated translated to London in 1539.
1539 1552 John Skypp Also recorded as John Skippe or Skip. Nominated by King Henry VIII on 13 October, elected on 24 October, and consecrated on 23 November 1539. Also was Archdeacon of Dorset. Died in office on 30 March 1552.
1553 1554 John Harley Formerly a prebendary of Worcester. Nominated by King Edward VI on 26 March and consecrated on 26 May 1553. Deprived on 15 March 1554 for being married, and died 1558.
1554 1557 Robert Parfew Also recorded as Robert Purfoy; Robert Wharton. Translated from St Asaph. Nominated by Queen Mary I on 17 March, confirmed by Pope Julius III on 6 July, and received possession of the temporalities on 24 April 1554. Died in office on 22 September 1557.
1558 Thomas Reynolds (bishop-elect) Warden of Merton College, Oxford (1545–59) and Dean of Exeter (1554–58). Nominated by Queen Mary I before 7 November 1558, but set aside by Queen Elizabeth I. Died unconsecrated in Marshalsea Prison circa 1560.
Source(s):1689

Post-Reformation bishops

Post-Reformation Bishops of Hereford
From Until Incumbent Notes
1559 1585 John Scory Previously Bishop of Chichester (1552–53). Elected on 15 July and confirmed on 20 December 1559. Died in office on 25 June 1585.
1585 1602 Herbert Westfaling Formerly a canon of Windsor. Nominated on 17 November 1585 and consecrated on 30 January 1586. Died in office on 1 March 1602.
1603 1617 Robert Bennet Also recorded as Robert Bennett. Formerly Dean of Windsor (1595–1602). Nominated on 7 January and consecrated on 20 February 1603. Died in office on 20 October 1617.
1617 1633 Francis Godwin Translated from Llandaff. Nominated on 10 November and confirmed on November 1617. Died in office before 29 April 1633.
September 1633 October 1633 William Juxon (bishop-elect) Formerly Dean of Worcester (1627–33). Nominated on 23 September and elected before 3 October 1633. Without being consecrated translated to London on 23 October 1633.
March 1634 November 1634 Augustine Lindsell Translated from Peterborough. Elected on 7 March and confirmed on 24 March 1634. Died in office on 6 November 1634.
1634 1635 Matthew Wren Nominated on 23 November 1634 and consecrated on 8 March 1635. Translated to Norwich on 5 December 1535.
1635 1636 Theophilus Feild Translated from St David's. Nominated on 7 December and confirmed on 23 December 1635. Died in office on 2 June 1636.
1636 1646 George Coke Also recorded as George Cook. Translated from Bristol. Nominated on 13 June and confirmed on 2 July 1636. Deprived of the see when the English episcopy was abolished by Parliament on 9 October 1646. Died on 10 December 1646.
1646 1660 The see was abolished during the Commonwealth and the Protectorate.1011
1660 1661 Nicholas Monck Nominated on 29 November 1660 and consecrated on 6 January 1661. Also Provost of Eton (1660–61). Died in office on 17 December 1661.
1662 1691 Herbert Croft Formerly a canon of Windsor (1641–62) and Dean of Hereford (1644–61). Elected on 21 January and consecrated on 9 February 1662. Died in office on 18 May 1691.
1691 1701 Gilbert Ironside the younger Translated from Bristol. Nominated on 22 April and confirmed on 29 July 1691. Died in office on 27 August 1701.
1701 1712 Humphrey Humphreys Translated from Bangor. Nominated on 1 October and confirmed on 2 December 1701. Died in office on 20 November 1712.
1713 1721 Philip Bisse Translated from St David's. Nominated on 26 January and confirmed on 16 February 1713. Died in office on 6 September 1721.
1721 1723 Benjamin Hoadly Translated from Bangor. Nominated on 21 September and confirmed on 7 November 1721. Translated to Salisbury on 29 October 1723.
1723 1746 The Hon. Henry Egerton Formerly a canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. Nominated on 27 August 1723 and consecrated on 2 February 1724. Died in office on 1 April 1746.
1746 1787 Lord James Beauclerk Formerly a canon of Windsor. Nominated on 8 April and consecrated on 11 May 1746. Died in office on 20 October 1787.
1787 1788 The Hon. John Harley Formerly Dean of Windsor (1778–87). Nominated on 29 October and consecrated on 9 December 1787. Died in office on 9 January 1788.
1788 1802 John Butler Translated from Oxford. Nominated on 23 January and confirmed on 28 February 1788. Died in office on 10 December 1802.
1802 1808 Folliott Cornewall Translated from Bristol. Nominated on 18 December 1802 and confirmed on 28 January 1803. Translated to Worcester on 13 July 1808.
1808 1815 John Luxmoore Translated from Bristol. Nominated on 13 July and confirmed on 23 August 1808. Translated to St Asaph on 20 June 1815.
1815 1832 George Huntingford Translated from Gloucester. Nominated on 21 June and confirmed on 5 July 1815. Died in office on 29 April 1832.
1832 1837 The Hon. Edward Grey Formerly Dean of Hereford (1831–32). Nominated on 4 May and consecrated on 20 May 1832. Died in office on 24 June 1837.
1837 1847 Thomas Musgrave Nominated on 5 August and consecrated on 1 October 1837. Translated to York on 10 December 1847.
1847 1868 Renn Hampden Formerly a canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. Nominated on 11 December 1847, confirmed on 11 January 1848, and consecrated on 26 March 1848. Died in office on 23 April 1868.
1868 1894 James Atlay Formerly Vicar of Leeds. Nominated on 21 May and consecrated on 24 June 1868. Died in office on 24 December 1894.
1895 1917 John Percival Formerly Headmaster of Clifton College. Nominated on 20 February and consecrated on 25 March 1895. Resigned on 31 October 1917 and died on 3 December 1918.
1917 1920 Hensley Henson Nominated on 20 December 1917 and consecrated on 2 February 1918. Translated to Durham on 27 July 1920.
1920 1930 Linton Smith Translated from Warrington. Nominated on 29 July and confirmed on 5 October 1920. Translated to Rochester on 5 November 1930.
1930 1941 Charles Carre Translated from Coventry. Nominated on 17 November 1930 and confirmed on 20 January 1931. Resigned on 30 September 1941 and died on 2 February 1942.
1941 1948 Richard Parsons Translated from Southwark. Nominated on 1 October and confirmed on 12 November 1941. Died in office 26 December 1948.
1949 1961 Tom Longworth Translated from Pontefract. Nominated on 25 March and confirmed on 21 April 1949. Resigned on 15 November 1961 and died on 15 October 1977.
1961 1973 Mark Hodson Translated from Taunton. Nominated on 21 November and confirmed on 20 December 1961. Resigned on 25 November 1973 and died 23 January 1985.
1973 1990 John Eastaugh Nominated on 5 December 1973 and consecrated on 24 January 1974. Died in office 16 February 1990.
1990 2003 John Oliver Formerly Archdeacon of Sherborne (1985–90). Nominated on 3 October 1990.12 Retired on 30 November 2003.13
2004 2013 Anthony Priddis Translated from Warwick. Nominated on 17 February 200413 and inaugurated on 26 June 2004.14 Retired on 24 September 2013.15
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Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e "Historical successions: Hereford". Crockford's Clerical Directory. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, p. 217.
  3. ^ Barrow 2002, Bishops of Hereford, pp. 1–7.
  4. ^ Eubel 1913, Hierarchia Catholica Medii Aevi, volume 1, p. 274.
  5. ^ Eubel 1914, Hierarchia Catholica Medii Aevi, volume 2, p. 163.
  6. ^ a b Eubel 1923, Hierarchia Catholica Medii Aevi, volume 3, p. 209.
  7. ^ Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, pp. 250–251.
  8. ^ a b Horn 1962, Bishops of Hereford, pp. 1–3.
  9. ^ Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, p. 251.
  10. ^ Episcopy. British Civil Wars, Commonwealth and Protectorate 1638–60. Retrieved on 20 August 2011.
  11. ^ King, Peter (July 1968). "The Episcopate during the Civil Wars, 1642-1649". The English Historical Review (Oxford University Press). Volume 83 (No. 328): pp. 523–537. JSTOR 564164. 
  12. ^ The London Gazette: no. 52291. p. 15513. 3 October 1990.
  13. ^ a b The London Gazette: no. 57212. p. 2229. 20 February 2004.
  14. ^ "Bishop of Hereford's first role". BBC News. 27 June 2004. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Bishop of Hereford retires from role after nine years". BBC News. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  16. ^ Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, pp. 251–252.

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