William de la Corner

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William de la Corner
Bishop of Salisbury
Elected 24 or 25 November 1288
Term ended October 1291
Predecessor Lawrence de Awkeburne
Successor Nicholas Longespee
Other posts Archdeacon of Northumberland
Consecration 8 May 1289
Personal details
Died October 1291
Denomination Catholic

William de la Corner was a medieval Bishop of Salisbury, who fought a long but unsuccessful battle to become Archbishop of Dublin.


Corner was a papal chaplain and proctor as well as a royal envoy. He successively held the offices of prebendary of Teinton Regis and Highworth in the diocese of Salisbury, precentor of the diocese of York, and archdeacon of Northumberland.[1]

In 1271, on the death of Fulk Basset, Corner was nominated as Archbishop of Dublin, but faced a rival candidate in Fromund Le Brun, the Lord Chancellor of Ireland : the result was a long and bitter struggle for the office, which required the personal intervention of the Pope, and ended in 1279 with both candidates being disqualified in favour of John de Derlington.[2]

Corner was an unsuccessful candidate for the bishopric of Salisbury in March 1288, losing out to Lawrence de Awkeburne.[1] After Lawrence's death, William was elected on 24 November 1288 and consecrated on 8 May 1289.

Corner died in October 1291, probably on the 10th.[3]


  1. ^ a b British History Online Bishops of Salisbury accessed on 30 October 2007
  2. ^ D'Alton, John Memoirs of the Archbishops of Dublin Hodges and Smith Dublin 1838 p.103
  3. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 270


  • British History Online Bishops of Salisbury accessed on 30 October 2007
  • 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.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Lawrence de Awkeburne
Bishop of Salisbury
Succeeded by
Nicholas Longespee

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