Henry Burghersh

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Henry Burghersh
Bishop of Lincoln
In office 27 May 1320
Predecessor Anthony Bek
Successor Thomas Bek
Consecration 20 July 1320
Personal details
Born 1292
Died 4 December 1340
Denomination Catholic
Coat of arms Henry Burghersh's coat of arms

Henry Burghersh (1292 – 4 December 1340), English bishop and chancellor, was a younger son of Robert de Burghersh, 1st Baron Burghersh (died 1305), and a nephew of Bartholomew, Lord Badlesmere. He was educated in France.

On 27 May 1320 owing to Badlesmere's influence Pope John XXII appointed Burghersh bishop of Lincoln[1] in spite of the fact that the chapter had already made an election to the vacant bishopric, and he was consecrated bishop on 20 July 1320.[1] After the execution of Badlesmere in 1322 Burghersh's lands were seized by Edward II, and the pope was urged to deprive him; about 1326, however, his possessions were restored, a proceeding which did not prevent him from joining Edward's queen, Isabella, and taking part in the movement which led to the deposition and murder of the king.

Enjoying the favour of the new king, Edward III, the bishop was Lord Treasurer from 1327 to 1328[2] and then became chancellor of England in 1328;[3] but he failed to secure the archbishopric of Canterbury which became vacant about the same time, and was deprived of his office of chancellor and imprisoned when Isabella lost her power in 1330. But he was soon released and again in a position of influence. He was treasurer of England from 1334 to 1337,[2] and high in the favour and often in the company of Edward III; he was sent on several important errands, and entrusted with important commissions. He died at Ghent on 4 December 1340.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 255
  2. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 105
  3. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 86


  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Burghersh, Henry". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Adam Orleton
Lord High Treasurer
Succeeded by
Thomas Charlton
Preceded by
John Hotham
Lord Chancellor
Succeeded by
John de Stratford
Preceded by
Adam Orleton
Lord High Treasurer
Succeeded by
William la Zouche
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Anthony Bek
Bishop of Lincoln
Succeeded by
Thomas Bek
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