Richard Vaughan (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
Richard Vaughan
Bishop of London
De Passe engraving, 1620
Church Church of England
Diocese London
Installed 1604
Term ended 1607
Predecessor Richard Bancroft
Successor Thomas Ravis
Other posts Bishop of Bangor (1595–1597)
Bishop of Chester (1597–1604)
Ordination c. 1578
Consecration c. 1595
Personal details
Born c. 1550
Llŷn, Caernarfonshire
Died (1607-03-30)30 March 1607
Buried St Paul's Cathedral
Nationality Welsh
Parents Thomas ap Robert Fychan
Spouse Jane Bower (m. 1581)
Alma mater St John's College, Cambridge
Ordination history of
Richard Vaughan
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecrator John Whitgift, Archbishop of Canterbury
Co-consecrators Richard Fletcher, Bishop of London
John Young, Bishop of Rochester
Date of consecration 25 January 1596
Place of consecration the chapel, Lambeth Palace
Source(s): [1][2]

Richard Vaughan (c.1550 – 30 March 1607) was a Welsh bishop of the Church of England.


His father was Thomas ap Robert Fychan of Llŷn, Caernarfonshire. He was educated at St John's College, Cambridge, where he graduated BA in 1574, MA in 1577, and DD in 1589.[3] He became chaplain to John Aylmer, Bishop of London, who is said to have been a relative.[4]

Vaughan assisted William Morgan in his translation of the Bible into Welsh, published in 1588.

He was rector of Chipping Ongar from 1578 to 1580, of Little Canfield in 1580, of Great Dunmow and Moreton in 1592, and of Stanford Rivers in 1594.[5][6][7] He became Bishop of Bangor in 1595, Bishop of Chester in 1597, was Bishop of London from 1604 to 1607.[8]

His views were Calvinist, and he signed and is presumed to have had input into the Lambeth Articles of 1595.[9] He licensed in 1606 the translation of the work Institutiones Theologicae of the Reformed theologian Guillaume Du Buc (Gulielmus Bucanus) of Lausanne, carried out by Robert Hill.[10][11] As Bishop of London he was generally sympathetic to moderate Puritan clergy; but he did take action in suspending Stephen Egerton.[12]

Vaughan is a ninth-great-grandfather of singer/actress Judy Garland (1922-1969). His great-grandson, Henry Batte, emigrated to Prince George County, Virginia. Batte's great-great-grandson, Richard Baugh, was the great-great grandfather of Garland's father, Frank Gumm (1886-1935). Vaughan himself was a ninth-great-grandson of King Edward I of England through his daughter Eleanor.


  1. ^ Cassan, Stephen Hyde. The Lives of the Bishops of Winchester: From Birinus, the First Bishop of the West Saxons, to the Present Time; Vol. II. p. 60 Accessed 11 September 2014
  2. ^ Cassan, Stephen Hyde. The Lives of the Bishops of Winchester: From Birinus, the First Bishop of the West Saxons, to the Present Time; Vol. II. p. 64 Accessed 11 September 2014
  3. ^ "Vaughan, Richard (VHN569R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  4. ^ Welsh Biography Online
  5. ^ "Chipping Ongar: Church - British History Online". Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  6. ^ "Moreton: Church - British History Online". Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  7. ^ "Stanford Rivers: Church - British History Online". Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  8. ^ Concise Dictionary of National Biography
  9. ^ "The Lambeth Articles (1595)". Retrieved 30 January 2018. 
  10. ^ Nicholas Tyacke, Aspects of English Protestantism, C. 1530-1700 (2001), p. 164.
  11. ^ s:Hill, Robert (d.1623) (DNB00)
  12. ^ Francis J. Bremer, Tom Webster, Puritans and Puritanism in Europe and America: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia (2006), p. 87.

See also

 Pollard, Albert Frederick (1899). "Vaughan, Richard (1550?-1607)". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography. 58. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 

Church of England titles
Preceded by
Hugh Bellot
Bishop of Bangor
Succeeded by
Henry Rowlands
Bishop of Chester
Succeeded by
George Lloyd
Preceded by
Richard Bancroft
Bishop of London
Succeeded by
Thomas Ravis
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