Benjamin Lany

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Benjamin Lany

Bishop of Ely
Bp Benjamin Laney.png
Diocese Diocese of Ely
In office 1667–1675
Predecessor Peter Gunning
Successor Matthew Wren
Other posts Bishop of Peterborough (1660–1663)
Bishop of Lincoln (1663–1667)
Personal details
Born 1591 (1591)
Died 24 January 1675(1675-01-24) (aged 84)
Buried Ely Cathedral
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Alma mater Christ's College, Cambridge
Memorial to Bishop Benjamin Laney in Ely Cathedral

Benjamin Lany, F.R.S., D.D. (or Laney; 1 January 1591 – 24 January 1675) was an English academic and bishop.[1]

Early life

Lany was born in Ipswich[2] and entered Christ's College, Cambridge in 1608.[3] He graduated B.A. in 1612 and M.A. in 1615; and became a Fellow of Pembroke Hall, Cambridge in 1616.

Career (pre Civil War)

He was ordained on 21 February 1619. After a curacy at Madingley he held livings at Hambledon, Hampshire, Bishops Waltham and Buriton.[4] He was also Chaplain to the Bishop of Winchester from 1628.[5] He became Master of Pembroke in 1630; and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge in 1632.

Civil War years

In 1643 Edward Montagu, 2nd Earl of Manchester and Simeon Ashe led a visitation to the University on behalf of Parliament. This saw Lany deprived of his position. He went into exile with the future Charles II of England.[6]

Career (post Civil War)

After the Restoration of 1660, he became Dean of Rochester in July 1660, Bishop of Peterborough in December 1660,[7] Bishop of Lincoln in May 1663,[8] and Bishop of Ely[9] from 1667.[6]


  1. ^ Pepys Diary
  2. ^ Soham Town Forum
  3. ^ "Laney, Benjamin (LNY608B)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  4. ^ A History of Christianity in Petersfield, Leaton, E. (ed.) (2001, Petersfield, Petersfield Area Historical Society: Monograph Number 4 p17) ISSN 0262-5970
  5. ^ "English Historical Facts, 1603-1688" Cook,C./ Wroughton,J. p139: London, Macmillan, 1980 ISBN 978-1-349-02676-0
  6. ^ a b Concise Dictionary of National Biography
  7. ^ Peterborough Cathedral: History of the See
  8. ^ British History on-line
  9. ^ Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541-1857: Volume 7, Ely, Norwich, Westminster and Worcester Dioceses
Academic offices
Preceded by
Jerome Beale
Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Richard Vines
Preceded by
Thomas Comber
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
Succeeded by
Richard Love
Preceded by
William Moses
Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Mark Franck
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Thomas Turner
vacant from 1644
Dean of Rochester
July 1660–December 1660
Succeeded by
Nathaniel Hardy
Preceded by
John Towers
vacant from 1649
Bishop of Peterborough
Succeeded by
Joseph Henshaw
Preceded by
Robert Sanderson
Bishop of Lincoln
Succeeded by
William Fuller
Preceded by
Matthew Wren
Bishop of Ely
Succeeded by
Peter Gunning
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