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Bishop of Exeter

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The Bishop of Exeter is the Ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Exeter in the Province of Canterbury.

The diocese covers the County of Devon. The see is in the City of Exeter where the seat is located at the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter which was founded as an abbey possibly before 690.

The Bishop's residence is The Palace, Exeter.

Devon (/Wessex) has held a bishopric since about 905 when, on the division of the Diocese of Sherborne, the first cathedral was founded at Tawton (now Bishop's Tawton). In 912 the seat was moved to the Collegiate Holy Cross Church at Crediton. Lyfing became Bishop of Crediton in 1027 and shortly afterwards became Bishop of St. Germans. It was he who united the two sees covering Cornwall and Devon.

The seat was transferred again to the City of Exeter in 1050 under Edward the Confessor by Bishop Leofric. The diocese was redivided in 1877 along the Devon-Cornwall border by Henry Phillpotts, creating the Diocese of Truro.

The current bishop is the Right Reverend Michael Laurence Langrish, the 70th Lord Bishop of Exeter, who signs Michael Exon.


List of the Bishops of the Diocese of Exeter, England and its precursor offices

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)


Tenure Incumbent Notes
See at Tawton
905 to 909Werstan
(Eadulphus)
909 to 912Putta
See at Crediton
912 to 939Edwulf
939 to 953Aethelgar
953 to 973Aelfwold I
973 to 978Sideman
978 to 986Aelfric
986 to 987Aelfwold II
987 to 1013Aelfwold III
1013 to 1027Ednoth
1027 to 1046Lyfing
1046 to 1050LeofricBecoming Bishop of Exeter
See at Exeter
1050 to 10 February 1072LeofricHitherto Bishop of Crediton; died in office
1072 to 1107Osbern FitzOsbernDied in office
1107 to 26 September 1138William WarelwastDied in office
1138 to 28 March 1155Robert of ChichesterDied in office
1155 to 1160Robert Warelwast
1161 to 14 December 1184Bartholomew IscanusDied in office
1186 to 1 June 1191John the ChanterDied in office
1194 to 26 October 1206Henry MarshalDied in office
1214 to 9 September 1223Simon de ApuliaDied in office
1223 to 24 November 1244William BruereDied in office
1245 to 26 December 1257Richard Blundy
(Richard Blondy)
Died in office
1258 to 22 July 1280Walter Branscombe
(Walter Bronescombe)
Died in office
1280 to 1 October 1291Peter QuinelDied in office
1291 to 1307Thomas Bitton
(Thomas de Bytton)
1308 to 1326Walter Stapledon
1326 to 1327James Berkeley
1327 to 1327John Godeley
1327 to 1369John Grandisson
1370 to 1394Thomas Brantingham
(Thomas Brantyngham)
1395 to 1419Edmund Stafford
1419 to 1419John Catterick
(John Ketterick)
1420 to 1455Edmund Lacey
(Edmund Lacy)
1455 to 1456John Hales
1456 to 1465George Neville
1465 to 1478John Booth
(John Bothe)
1478 to 1487Peter Courtenay
1487 to 1492Richard Fox
1492 to 1495Oliver King
1496 to 1502Richard Redman
1502 to 1504John Arundel
1504 to 1519Hugh Oldham
1519 to 1551John Veysey
1551 to 1553Miles Coverdale
1553 to 1555John VeyseyRestored
1555 to 1560James Turberville
1560 to 1571William Alleyn
(William Alley)
1571 to 1578William Bradbridge
1579 to 1594John Woolton
1594 to 1597Geravse Babington
1598 to 1621William Cotton
1621 to 1626Valentine Carey
1627 to 1641Joseph Hall
1642 to 1659Ralph Brownrigg
1660 to 1662John Gauden
1662 to 1667Seth Ward
1667 to 1676Anthony Sparrow
1676 to 1688Thomas Lamplugh
1688 to 1707Jonathan Trelawney
(John Trelawny )
1708 to 1716Offspring Blackall
1717 to 1724Lancelot Blackburn
1724 to 1742Stephen Weston
1742 to 1746Nicholas Claget
1746 to 1762George Lavington
1762 to 1777Frederick Keppel
1778 to 1792John Ross
1792 to 1796William Buller
1797 to 1803Henry Reginald Courtenay
1803 to 1807John Fisher
1807 to 1820George Pelham
1820 to 1830William Carey
1830 to 1830Christopher Bethell
1830 to 1869Henry PhillpottsDied in office
1869 to 1885Frederick TempleConsecrated 21 December 1869; translated to London
1885 to 1900Edward Henry Bickerseth
1900 to 1903Herbert Edward Ryle
1903 to 1916Archibald Robertson
1916 to 1936Rupert Ernest William Gascoyne-Cecil
1936 to 1948Charles Edward Curzon
1949 to 1973Robert Cecil Mortimer
1973 to 1985Eric Arthur John Mercer
1985 to 1999Geoffrey Hewlett Thompson
2000 to presentMichael Laurence LangrishBishop of Birkenhead


Template:Anglican Bishops & Archbishops - Great Britain

Sources

  • Haydn's Book of Dignities (1894) Joseph Haydn/Horace Ockerby, reprinted 1969
  • Whitaker's Almanack 1883 to 2004, Joseph Whitaker and Sons Ltd/A&C Black, London


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