Nicholas Bullingham

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Nicholas Bullingham (or Bollingham) (c. 1520–1576) was an English Bishop of Worcester.[1]


Nicholas Bullingham was born in Worcester in around 1520. He was sent to the Royal Grammar School Worcester, after which he entered Oxford University. In 1543, he became a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He then gained his DCL from Cambridge University.[1]

After his education in law, Bullingham entered the church, becoming private chaplain to Queen Elizabeth I. He then became Bishop of Lincoln[2] and finally returned to his old city as Bishop of Worcester until his death in 1576. While at Worcester, he greeted the Queen on her visit to the city in 1575.[1]

Bullingham is buried in Worcester Cathedral in an unusual tomb, with an inscribed tablet on his stomach.[3]

Marriages and issue

Bullingham married firstly Margaret Sutton (d.1566), daughter of Hamond Sutton of Washingborough, Lincolnshire, by whom he had two sons, Francis (1553–c.1636) and Nicholas (1566–1639), and two daughters, both named Susan, who died in 1561 and 1564 respectively.[4]

He married secondly, about 1569, Elizabeth Lok (1535–c.1581). She was the widow of the London mercer and alderman Richard Hill (d.1568), by whom she had had thirteen children, and was the daughter of Sir William Lok and his first wife, Alice Spenser (d.1522). By his second wife Bullingham had a son, John (baptized 1570).[5][6][4]


  1. ^ a b c  "Bullingham, Nicholas". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  2. ^ Fixe, John (1583). Foxe's book of Martyrs. p. 2128. Foxe mentions Bullingham's installation after Elizabeth's accession.
  3. ^ Sherlock, Dr. Peter (2004). "Episcopal Tombs in Early Modern England". The Journal of Ecclesiastical History. Cambridge University Press. 55 (55): 654–680. doi:10.1017/S0022046904001502. |article= ignored (help)
  4. ^ a b Lock 2004.
  5. ^ Sutton 2005, p. 391.
  6. ^ McDermott 2004.


External links

  • Will of Richard Hill, Mercer of London, proved 13 November 1568, PROB 11/50/351, National Archives Retrieved 19 November 2013
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Thomas Watson
Bishop of Lincoln
Succeeded by
Thomas Cooper
Preceded by
Edwin Sandys
Bishop of Worcester
Succeeded by
John Whitgift

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