Bishops of Hereford

arms of the diocese of Hereford
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Putta to Æthelwulf
676 to 1013
Twenty-four Saxon occupants of the Bishop’s Palace in Hereford

25
Æthelstan
c.1013 to 1056
Died at Bosbury Manor, 10th February 1056

26
Leofgar
1056 to 1056
Chaplain of Earl Harold, in office 3 months

27
Ealdred
1057 to 1060
Later Archbishop of York, the last Saxon bishop

28
Walter of Lorraine (Walter of Lotharingia)
1061 to 1079
Chaplain to Queen Edith; consecrated 15th April 1061; died in office

29
Robert de Losinga (Robert of Lorraine)
1079 to 1096
Prebendary of St Paul’s, London

30
Gerard
1096 to 1101
Chancellor to William the Conqueror; translated to York

31
Reynelm
1102 to 1115
Chancellor to Queen Matilda

32
Geoffrey de Clive
1115 to 1121
Chaplain to Henry I

33
Richard de Capella
1121 to 1127
Clerk of the Seal; died in office

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vacant
1127 to 1131
 

34
Robert de Bethune
1131 to 1148
Prior of Llanthony; died in office

35
Gilbert Foliot
1148 to 1163
Abbot of Gloucester; translated to London

36
Robert de Melun
1163 to 1166
Theologian and scholastic. Prior of Llanthony; died in office.

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vacant
1166 to 1174
 

37
Robert Foliot
1174 to 1186
Archdeacon of Oxford; died in office

38
William de Vere
1186 to 1198
Prebendary of St Paul’s, London; died in office

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vacant
1198 to 1200
 

39
Giles de Braose
1200 to 1215
Died in office; buried in south aisle of Hereford Cathedral

40
Hugh de Mapenor
1216 to 1219
Dean of Hereford; died in office

41
Hugh Foliot
1219 to 1234
Archdeacon of Salop; died in office

42
Ralph de Maidstone
1234 to 1239
Dean of Hereford; resigned

43
Peter de Aigueblanche (Peter D’Aquablanca)
1240 to 1268
Archdeacon of Salop; died at Stretton Sugwas manor

44
John le Breton
1269 to 1275
Died in office

45
Thomas de Cantilupe (Thomas Cantilupe)
1275 to 1282
Archdeacon of Stafford; Lord Chancellor of England; Chancellor of Oxford; died in office; canonized in 1320: Saint Thomas of Hereford

46
Richard de Swinfield
1282 to 1317
Died at Bosbury Manor, 15 March 1316/17

47
Adam de Orleton
1317 to 1327
Lord Treasurer; translated to Worcester

48
Thomas de Charlton
1327 to 1344
Privy seal to Edward II; Lord Treasurer 1328; Lord Chancellor of Ireland; died in office

49
John de Trillek
1344 to 1360
Died in office

50
Lewis de Charlton
1361 to 1370
Canon of Hereford; Chancellor of Oxford

51
William de Courtenay
1370 to 1375
Prebendary of York; translated to London

52
John Gilbert
1375 to 1389
Translated from Bangor; translated to St David’s

53
John Trefnant
1389 to 1404
Canon of St Asaph and Lincoln; died in office

54
Robert Mascall
1404 to 1416
Confessor to the Henry IV;died in office

55
Edmund Lacy
1417 to 1420
Canon of Windsor; translated to Exeter

56
Thomas Polton
1420 to 1421
Dean of York; translated to Chichester

57
Thomas Spofford
1421 to 1448
Abbot of St Mary’s, York; Bishop-elect of Rochester: removed to Hereford before consecration; resigned

58
Richard Beauchamp
1449 to 1450
Archdean of Suffolk; translated to Salisbury

59
Reginald Boulers
1451 to 1452
Abbot of Gloucester; translated to Coventry & Lichfield

60
John Stanbury
1453 to 1474
Translated from Bangor; died in office

61
Thomas Milling
1474 to 1492
Abbot of Westminster; died in office

62
Edmund Audley
1493 to 1502
Translated from Rochester; translated to Salisbury

63
Adrian de Castello
1502 to 1504
Prebendary of St Paul’s, London; translated to Bath & Wells

64
Richard Mayew
1504 to 1516
President of Magdalen College, Oxford

65
Charles Booth
1516 to 1535
Prebendary of Lincoln; died in office

66
Edward Fox
1535 to 1538
Protestant; Provost of King’s College, Cambridge

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Edmund Bonner
1538 to 1539
Archdeacon of Leicester; not consecrated; translated to London; died at Marshalsea prison

67
John Skipp
1539 to 1552
Archdeacon of Dorest; died in office

68
John Harley
1553 to 1554
Protestant; Prebendiary of Worcester; deprived for being married

69
Robert Parfew alias Wharton
1554 to 1557
Catholic; translated from St Asaph

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Thomas Reynolds
1557 to 1558
Nominated by Queen Mary but set aside by Queen Elizabeth and died a prisoner of the faith before consecration

70
John Scory
1559 to 1585
Protestant; deprived Bishop of Chichester; died in office

71
Herbert Westfaling
1585 to 1602
Canon of Windsor; died in office

72
Robert Bennett
1602 to 1617
Dean of Windsor; died in office

73
Francis Godwin
1617 to 1633
Translated from Llandaff; died in office

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William Juxon
1633 to 1633
elected but not consecrated; translated to London

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Godfrey Goodman
1634 to 1634
Catholic; Bishop of Gloucester; elected but declined the office

74
Augustine Lindsell
1634 to 1634
Translated from Peterborough; served for 7 months and died in office

75
Matthew Wren
1634 to 1635
Translated to Norwich

76
Theophilus Field
1635 to 1636
Translated from St David’s; died in office

77
George Coke
1636 to 1646
Translated from Bristol; died in office

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vacant
1646 to 1660
 

78
Nicholas Monk
1661 to 1661
Provost of Eton; served for 12 months and died in office

79
Herbert Croft
1662 to 1691
Canon of Windsor, Dean of Hereford; died in office

80
Gilbert Ironside
1691 to 1701
Translated from Bristol; died in office

81
Humphrey Humphreys
1701 to 1712
Translated from Bangor; died in office

82
Philip Bisse
1713 to 1721
Translated from St David’s; died in office

83
Benjamin Hoadley
1721 to 1723
Translated from Bangor; translated to Salisbury

84
The Honourable Henry Egerton
1724 to 1746
Canon of Christchurch, Oxford; died in office

85
Lord James Beauclerck
1746 to 1787
Canon of Windsor; died in office

86
The Honourable John Harley
1787 to 1788
Dean of Windsor; died in office

87
John Butler
1788 to 1802
Translated from Oxford; died in office

88
Folliot Herbert Walker Cornewall
1802 to 1808
Translated from Bristol; translated to Worcester

89
John Luxmore
1808 to 1815
Translated from Bristol; translated to St Asaph

90
George Isaac Huntingford
1815 to 1832
Translated from Gloucester; died in office

91
The Honourable Edward Grey
1832 to 1837
Dean of Hereford; died in office

92
Thomas Musgrave
1837 to 1847
Translated to York

93
Renn Dickson Hampden
1848 to 1868
Canon of Christchurch, Oxford; died in office

94
James Atlay, DD
1868 to 1894
Vicar of Leeds; died in office

95
John Percival
1895 to 1917
Resigned

96
Herbert Hensley Henson
1918 to 1920
Translated to Durham

97
Martin Linton Smith
1920 to 1930
Translated from Warrington; translated to Rochester

98
Charles Lisle Carr
1931 to 1941
Translated from Coventry; resigned

99
Richard Parsons
1941 to 1948
Translated from Southwark; died in office

100
Tom Longworth
1949 to 1961
Translated from Pontefract; resigned

101
Mark Allin Hodson, BA
1961 to 1973
Translated from Taunton; resigned

102
John Richard Gordon Eastaugh
1974 to 1990
Died in office

103
John Keith Oliver, MA
1990 to 2003
Formerly Archdeacon of Sherborne; retired

104
Anthony Martin Priddis, MA, Dip.Theol.
2004 to 2013
Translated from Warwick; retired

105
Richard Michael Cockayne Frith
2014 to present
Translated from Hull



From 1645 to 1660, the Bishop’s office was replaced by four Presbyterian pastors, William Lowe, George Primrose, Samuel Smith and William Voyle who were appointed jointly to manage services and ordain ministers acceptable to Parliament. By the Restoration Lowe and Voyle had died and Smith and Primrose were now expelled.

Source: Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1300-1541: Volume 2, Hereford Diocese.
Originally published by Institute of Historical Research, London, 1962.
The Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540-1835 (CCEd)
http://wikishire.co.uk/wiki/Diocese_of_Hereford accessed 2013
Special thanks to Philip Weaver

Prepared by Barry Sharples, 2013
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