John Booth (bishop)

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John Booth
Bishop of Exeter
Province Canterbury
Appointed 15 March 1465
Term ended 5 April 1478
Predecessor George Neville
Successor Peter Courtenay
Consecration 7 July 1465
Personal details
Died 5 April 1478
Horsley, Surrey
Nationality English
Denomination Catholic
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John Booth (died 5 April 1478, Surrey) was a 15th-century English prelate who held numerous appointments in the church and royal service.


Booth was a scion of the ancient Cheshire family of Booth who were seated at Dunham Massey. He was a nephew of William Booth and Lawrence Booth, who both served as Archbishop of York.

In 1457 Booth was appointed the Provost of Beverley Minster and then in 1459 Archdeacon of Richmond,[1] as well as Treasurer of Lichfield Cathedral, Canon of Sawley and Prebendary of Strensall. From 1461 until 1465, he was secretary to Edward IV, and for two of those years, 1463 and 1464, he served as the Chancellor of Cambridge University, receiving the degree of Doctor of Divinity. In 1464, he acquired the Prebendary of Bole and became Principal Secretary to Edward IV.

Booth was appointed Bishop of Exeter on 15 March 1465 and was consecrated bishop on 7 July 1465.[2]

From 1471 to 1478, Booth served as a member of King Edward's Privy Council.

Following a visit to Croydon Palace,[3] Booth died on 5 April 1478[2] at Horsley, where he was ex-officio lord of the manor.


  1. ^ Jones Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1300-1541: volume 6: Northern province (York, Carlisle and Durham): Archdeacons: Richmond
  2. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 247
  3. ^


  • 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.
  • Jones, B. Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1300-1541: volume 6: Northern Province (York, Carlisle and Durham): Archdeacons: Richmond. Institute of Historical Research.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Lawrence Booth
Provost of Beverley Minster
Succeeded by
Henry Webber
Preceded by
John Arundel
Archdeacon of Richmond
Succeeded by
John Sherwood
Preceded by
George Neville
Bishop of Exeter
Succeeded by
Peter Courtenay
Academic offices
Preceded by
Robert Woodlark
Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
Succeeded by
William Wilflete

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