Richard Beadon

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The Right Reverend
Richard Beadon
Bishop of Bath and Wells
Richard Beadon Abbott.jpg
Richard Beadon by Lemuel Francis Abbott
Diocese Diocese of Bath and Wells
In office 1802–1824
Predecessor Charles Moss
Successor George Henry Law
Other posts Bishop of Gloucester (1789–1802)
Personal details
Born (1737-04-15)15 April 1737
Died 21 April 1824(1824-04-21) (aged 87)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Education Blundell's School
Alma mater St John's College, Cambridge

Richard Beadon (15 April 1737 – 21 April 1824) was Master of Jesus College, Cambridge 1781–1789 and later Vice-Chancellor of the University, Bishop of Gloucester and Bishop of Bath and Wells.


Beadon was born at Pinkworthy in Devon, son of the Rev. Robert Beadon, Rector of Oakford. He was educated at Blundell's School and admitted to St John's College, Cambridge in 1754. He was eighth Wrangler and Senior Chancellor's Medallist in 1758.[1]

He married Rachel, granddaughter of Bishop Gooch, of Ely, and had one son, Richard.

It is said he was admirable both as Master and Vice-Chancellor, and a very handsome man. His portrait survives in the College.


  • Fellow and Tutor of St. John's
  • Archdeacon of London, 1775–1789
  • Master of Jesus College, 1781–1789
  • Tutor to Prince Frederick William, afterwards Duke of Gloucester
  • Bishop of Gloucester, 1789–1802
  • Bishop of Bath and Wells, 1802–1824


  1. ^ "Beadon, Richard (BDN754R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  • List of Masters, Jesus College website, Extracted April 24, 2009
Academic offices
Preceded by
William Barford
Cambridge University Orator
Succeeded by
William Pearce
Preceded by
Lynford Caryl
Master of Jesus College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
William Pearce
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Samuel Hallifax
Bishop of Gloucester
Succeeded by
George Huntingford
Preceded by
Charles Moss
Bishop of Bath and Wells
Succeeded by
George Henry Law
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