Anthony Watson (bishop)

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Anthony Watson
Bishop of Chichester
Diocese Diocese of Chichester
In office 1596 – 1605 (death)
Predecessor Thomas Bickley
Successor Lancelot Andrewes
Other posts Dean of Bristol (1590–1598)
Lord High Almoner (1595–1605)
Consecration 15 August 1596[1]
Personal details
Born c. 1549
Durham, County Durham, England
Died (1605-09-10)10 September 1605 (aged c. 56 years)
Cheam, Surrey, England[1]
Buried St Dunstan's, Cheam[1]
Nationality English
Denomination Anglican
Parents Edward[2]
Spouse unmarried[2]
Alma mater Christ's College, Cambridge

Anthony Watson (died 10 September 1605)[2] was an English bishop.

Early life and education

He was born in Durham. He was educated at Christ's College, Cambridge, where he matriculated in 1567, graduated Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1572, and was ordained a deacon and priest on 7 May 1573 at Peterborough. He became a Fellow of Christ's (1573–1583), and graduated Cambridge Master of Arts (MA Cantab) in 1575; he was incorporated at Oxford in 1577, later becoming a Bachelor of Divinity (BD) in 1582 and a Doctor of Divinity (DD) in 1596.[2]


He was Rector of Cheam, Surrey from 1581, presented by John Lumley, 1st Baron Lumley. He continued to reside there for the rest of his life.[3][4] At that point Nonsuch Palace belonged to Lumley, and Watson wrote a significant Latin description of it,[5] from the 1580s, and surviving in manuscript. He became Dean of Bristol in April 1590; in 1592 Lumley presented him as Rector of Storrington, Sussex (which post he held until his death); he also served as canon chancellor (in the Wedmore Secunda prebend) of Wells (July 1592[1]–1596).[2]


He became Lord High Almoner in 1595, and Bishop of Chichester in 1596;[1][6] serving as both until death.[2] He attended Elizabeth I during her terminal illness[1] and at her death bed[2] and participated in the Hampton Court Conference of 1604.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Dictionary of National Biography, article Watson, Anthony.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Watson, Anthony (WT567A)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. ^ "Cheam A brief history". London Borough of Sutton. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Cheam". Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  5. ^ Magnificae at plane regiae domus quae vulgo vocatur Nonesuch brevis et vera descriptio, published Garden Hist, 27(1), 1999, 168–178, ISSN 0307-1243.
  6. ^ Diocese of Chichester vs Blanc Ltd. "Home — Diocese of Chichester". Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Welcome to ICONS — Icons of England". Archived from the original on 17 May 2009. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
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