Richard Fletcher (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
Richard Fletcher
D.D.
Bishop of London
Church Church of England
Province Canterbury
Diocese London
Elected 30 December 1594
In office 10 January 1595–15 June 1596
Predecessor John Aylmer
Successor Richard Bancroft
Orders
Consecration 14 December 1589
Personal details
Born c. 1544/5
Watford
Died 15 June 1596 (aged c. 51–52)
Nationality English
Denomination Anglican
Parents John Fletcher
Previous post Bishop of Worcester
Bishop of Bristol
Dean of Peterborough

Richard Fletcher (1544/5, Watford – 15 June 1596) was a Church of England priest and bishop. He was successively dean of Peterborough (1583–89), bishop of Bristol (1589–93), bishop of Worcester (1593–95) and bishop of London (1595–96).

Fletcher was educated at Norwich School, Trinity College, Cambridge, and became a fellow of Corpus Christi College.[1][2] He was the father of playwright John Fletcher.

During his time as Dean of Peterborough Cathedral he was present at the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots on 8 February 1587,[3] described by Fraser as "pray(ing) out loud and at length, in a prolonged and rhetorical style as though determined to force his way into the pages of history" (1969:584), and presided over her initial funeral and burial at Peterborough Cathedral.[4]

He was elected bishop of Bristol on 13 November 1589 and consecrated on 14 December 1589.[5] He was translated to the bishopric of Worcester on 10 February 1593[6] and again to the bishopric of London on 10 January 1595.[7]

He died in office on 15 June 1596.[7]

References

  1. ^ Harries et al. (1991), p. 170
  2. ^ "Fletcher, Richard (FLTR562R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/Documents/execution_of_mary_stuart.htm[unreliable source]
  4. ^ Fraser, A. (1969) Mary Queen of Scots, World Books, London, pp583-586, 594
  5. ^ Horn 1996, Bishops of Bristol, Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541–1857, volume 8, pp. 9–15.
  6. ^ Horn 1996, Bishops of Worcester, Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541–1857, volume 7, pp. 105–109.
  7. ^ a b Horn 1969, Bishops of London, Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541–1857, volume 1, pp. 1–4.

Bibliography

  • Harries, R.; Cattermole, P.; Mackintosh, P. (1991). A History of Norwich School: King Edward VI's Grammar School at Norwich. Norwich: Friends of Norwich School. ISBN 978-0-9518561-1-6. 
  • Horn, J. M. (1969). "Bishops of London". Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541–1857. Volume 1: St. Paul's, London. Institute of Historical Research. 
  • Horn, J. M. (1996). "Bishops of Worcester". Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541–1857. Volume 7: Ely, Norwich, Westminster and Worcester Dioceses. Institute of Historical Research. 
  • Horn, J. M. (1996). "Bishops of Bristol". Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541–1857. Volume 8: Bristol, Gloucester, Oxford and Peterborough Dioceses. Institute of Historical Research. 

External links

  • Usher, Brett, ‘Fletcher, Richard (1544/5–1596)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Jan 2008, accessed 3 Jan 2008
Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Latymer
Dean of Peterborough
1583–1589
Succeeded by
Thomas Nevile
Preceded by
John Bullingham
Bishop of Bristol
1589–1593
Vacant
Title next held by
John Thornborough
Preceded by
Edmund Freke
Bishop of Worcester
1593–1595
Succeeded by
Thomas Bilson
Preceded by
John Aylmer
Bishop of London
1595–1596
Succeeded by
Richard Bancroft


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