Samson (bishop of Worcester)

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Tomb / grave marker of Sampson, in the floor of Worcester Cathedral
Bishop of Worcester
Elected 1096
Term ended 5 May 1112
Predecessor St. Wulfstan II
Successor Theulf
Ordination 7 June 1096
Consecration 8 June 1096
Personal details
Died 5 May 1112
Denomination Roman Catholic
Previous post Treasurer of Bayeux

Samson (died 5 May 1112) was a medieval English clergyman who was Bishop of Worcester from 1096 to 1112.


Samson was a Royal Chaplain and a canon and Treasurer of the diocese of Bayeux.[1]

In the Domesday Book Samson is referred to as the chaplain and is recorded as holding St. Peter's Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton and considerable properties in southern Staffordshire, most of which he sublet to either the canons of St. Peter's or to other clergy.[citation needed]

In 1096 Samson was elected Bishop of Worcester; he was ordained as a deacon and priest on 7 June 1096 and consecrated as bishop on 8 June 1096.[1] Being a bishop did not prevent him from fathering a daughter, Isabelle of Douvres, known for her later liaison with Robert, 1st Earl of Gloucester. The son of Robert and Isabelle was Richard, who was Bishop of Bayeux from 1135 to 1142. Samson had two sons who also became bishops. Richard was Bishop of Bayeux from 1108 to 1133, and Thomas was Archbishop of York from 1108 to 1114.[2]

Samson has been suggested as possibly the scribe who oversaw the compilation of Domesday Book[3] by the historian V. H. Galbraith.[4]

Samson died on 5 May 1112.[5]


  1. ^ a b British History Online Bishops of Worcester accessed on 3 November 2007
  2. ^ Spear "The Norman Empire and the Secular Clergy" Journal of British Studies p. 5
  3. ^ Chaplais "William of Saint-Calais" Domesday Studies pp. 68–70
  4. ^ Clanchy From Memory to Written Record p. 102
  5. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 278


  • British History Online Bishops of Worcester accessed on 3 November 2007
  • Chaplais, Pierre (1987). Holt, J. C., ed. William of Saint-Calais and the Domesday Survey. Domesday Studies: Papers Read at the Novacentenary Conference of the Royal Historical Society and the Institute of British Geographers, Winchester 1986. Woodbridge, UK: Boydell Press. pp. 65–77. ISBN 0-85115-477-8. 
  • Clanchy, C. T. (1993). From Memory to Written Record: England 1066–1307 (Second ed.). Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 978-0-631-16857-7. 
  • 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. 
  • Spear, David S. (1982). "The Norman Empire and the Secular Clergy, 1066-1204". Journal of British Studies. XXI (2): 1–10. doi:10.1086/385787. 

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