Michael Northburgh

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Michael Northburgh
Bishop of London
Elected 22 April 1354
Term ended 9 September 1361
Predecessor Ralph Stratford
Successor Simon Sudbury
Consecration 12 July 1355
Personal details
Died 9 September 1361
Denomination Roman Catholic
Previous post Archdeacon of Suffolk

Michael Northburgh, otherwise Michael de Northburgh (Northborough), was the Bishop of London between 1354 and his death in 1361. He was the nephew of Roger Northburgh, Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield.

Northburgh's uncle's influence enabled him to be appointed Archdeacon of Chester in 1341 (until forced to resign in 1342)[1] and Archdeacon of Suffolk in 1347 (until 1353)[2] before he had been ordained into higher orders. Whilst archdeacon he became Rector of Pulham St. Mary (1341) and acquired a large number of canonries.[3] He occupied the office of Lord Privy Seal between 1350 and 1354.[2]

Northburgh was elected Bishop of London on 22 April 1354 and consecrated on 12 July 1355.[4] His most lasting achievement as bishop was in helping to found the Charterhouse. He bought land from Sir Walter de Manny and by his will left £2000 'for the foundation of a House according to the ritual of the Carthusian order in a place commonly called "Newchirchehawe", where there is a church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Northburgh accompanied King Edward III of England on the English expedition to France which included the Battle of Crécy (1346) and acted as royal clerk, writing an eyewitness account in a newsletter from the English camp, and giving the French casualties as 1,542 "without reckoning the commons and foot-soldiers".

Northburgh died of the plague on 9 September 1361.[4] In his will he left valuable books and artifacts to the illegitimate Michael Northborough, a future Archdeacon of Colchester.


  1. ^ "Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1300-1541: volume 10: Coventry and Lichfield diocese". Retrieved 2012-01-28. 
  2. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 94
  3. ^ "Northburgh, Michael (c.1300–1361), diplomat and bishop of London". Oxford DNB. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  4. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 258


  • Haines, Roy. "Northburgh, Michael (c.1300–1361), diplomat and bishop of London". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/20324.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  • 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
Simon Islip
Lord Privy Seal
Succeeded by
Thomas Bramber
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Ralph Stratford
Bishop of London
Succeeded by
Simon Sudbury

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