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Bishop of Salisbury

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

The diocese covers much of the Counties of Wiltshire and Dorset. The see is in the City of Salisbury where the seat is located at the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Diocese of Sherborne, created in 705 was the origin of the present diocese. The see was removed successively to Salisbury (New Sarum), Sarum (Old Sarum) and back to Salisbury in 1227 under King Henry III. The current bishop is the Right Reverend David Staffurth Stancliffe, the 77th Lord Bishop of Salisbury, who was consecrated at Westminster Abbey on November 30, 1993, and enthroned in Salisbury Cathedral on December 9, 1993 and who signs David Sarum.






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

Tenure Incumbent Notes
See at Sherborne
705 to 710Adhelm, Bishop of Sherborne
(Aldhelm)
Saint Aldhelm
710 to 738Fordhere
738 to 756Herewald
756 to 778Ethelwald
778 to 798Denefrith
798 to ???Wilbert
??? to 868Ealstan
(Alfstan)
868 to 872Eadmund
(Hamund)
Saint Hamund
872 to 875Etheleage
875 to 879Asser Menevensis
879 to 883Swithelmus
(Sigelmus)
883 to 889EthelwaldDied in office
889Divided into several sees by Plegmund, Archbishop of Canterbury
906 to 918Werstane
918 to ???Ethelbald
??? to 934Sigelmus
934 to 941Alfred
941 to 958Wulfine
958 to 978Alfwold
(Elfwold)
978 to 986Athelric
986 to 998Ethelsius
998 to 1009Brithwyn
1009 to 1020Elmer
1020 to 1041Brithwyn
1041 to 1058ElfwoldDied in office
1058 to 10??Herman, Bishop of SherborneTranslated from Ramsbury, 1075; removed see to Salisbury
See at Salisbury
10?? to 10??Herman, Bishop of Salisbury(contd.)
See at Old Sarum
10?? to 1078Herman
1078 to 1099Osmund de Sees, Earl of DorsetDied in office; Saint Osmund
1099 to 1102vacantFor 2 years
1102 to 1139Roger
(Roger of Salisbury)
Lord Chancellor Just. & Lord Treasurer
1139 to 1142vacantFor 3 years
1142 to 1184Josceline de Bailol
(Jocelin Bailol)
Archdeacon of Winchester and Prebendary of York; died in office
1184 to 1188vacantFor 4 years
1188 to 1194Hubert WalterDean of York; translated to Canterbury
1194 to 1217Herbert Poore
(Robert Poore)
1217 to 1225Richard PooreTranslated from Chichester; removed see to Salisbury; translated to Durham
See at Salisbury
1225 to 1228Richard Poore, Bishop of SalisburyPrebendary of Salisbury
1228 to 1246Robert de Bingham
(Robert Bingham)
Consecrated 1229 at Wilton
1246 to 1256William de YorkProvost of Beverley
1256 to 1263Giles de BridportDean of Wells
1263 to1274Walter de la WyleSub-chanter of Salisbury
1274 to 1284Robert WykehamptonDean of Salisbury
1284 to 1287Walter ScammelDean of Salisbury
1287 to 1288Henry de BrandestonDean of Salilsbury
1288Lawrence de AwkeburneElected but died before consecration
1288 to 1291William de CornerElected Archbishop of Dublin but set aside by the pope
1291 to 1297Nicholas LongespeePrebendary of Salisbury
1297 to 1315Simon of Ghent
1315 to 1330Roger de MartivalDean of Lincoln
1330 to 1375Robert Wyville
(Robert Wivill)
1375 to 1388Ralph ErghamTranslated to Bath & Wells
1388 to 1395John WalthamMaster of the Rolls and Lord Treasurer
1395 to 1407Richard MitfordTranslated from Chichester
1407 to 1408Nicholas Bubwith
(Nicholas Bubbewith)
Translated from London
1408 to 1417Cardinal Robert HallamArchdeacon of Canterbury, Chancellor of Oxford
1417 to 1427John ChandlerDean of Salisbury
1427 to 1438Robert Neville
(Robert Nevill)
Provost of Beverley
1438 to 1450William Ayscough
(William Aiscough)
Clerk of the Council
1450 to 1482Richard BeauchampTranslated from Hereford
1482 to 1485Lionel WoodvilleDean of Exeter; Chancellor of Oxford
1485 to 1493Thomas LangtonTranslated from St David's; Chancellor of the Garter; translated to Winchester
1493 to 1500John BlythMaster of the Rolls, Chancellor of Cambridge, Chancellor of the Garter
1500 to 1501Henry DeaneTranslated from Bangor; translated to Canterbury
1501 to 1524Edmund AudleyTranslated from Hereford; Chancellor of the Garter
1524 to 1534Cardinal Lawrence CampejusDeprived by Act of Parliament on the grounds of non-residence
1535 to 1539Nicholas ShaxtonTreasurer of Sarum; resigned due to non-subscription to the Six Articles
1539 to 1557John Salcott
(alias John Capon)
Translated from Bangor
1557 to 1558Cardinal Peter PetowAppointed by Pope Paul IV but refused entry to the realm by Queen Mary I
1558 to 17 November 1558Francis MalletNominated by Queen Mary 14 October 1558 but not consecrated and set aside on her death
1559 to 1571John JewellDied in office
1571 to 1577Edmund GheastTranslated from Rochester; almoner
1577 to 1 February 1589John PiersTranslated from Rochester; almoner; translated to York
1589 to 1591vacantFor 2 years
1591 to 1598John ColdwellDean of Rochester
1598 to 1614Henry CottonPrebendary of Winchester
1614 to 1618Robert AbbotMaster of Baliol College,Oxford
1618 to 1620Martin FotherbyPrebendary of Canterbury
1620 to 1621Robert Thompson
(Robert Tounson)
Dean of Westminster
1621 to 1641John DavenantMaster of Queen's College, Cambridge
1641 to 1660Brian DuppaTranslated from Chichester; translated to Winchester
1660 to 1663Humphrey HenchmanPrecentor of Salisbury; translated to London
1663 to 1665John EarleTranslated from Worcester
1665 to 1667Alexander HydeDean of Winchester
1667 to 1689Seth WardTranslated from Exeter; Chancellor of the Garter
1689 to 1715Gilbert BurnetPreacher at the Rolls
1715 to 1722William TalbotTranslated from Oxford; translated to Durham
1722 to 1723Richard WillisTranslated from Gloucester; translated to Winchester
1723 to 1734Benjamin HoadleyTranslated from Hereford; translated to Winchester
1734 to 1748Thomas SherlockTranslated from Bangor; translated to London
1748 to 1757John GilbertTranslated from Llandaff; translated to York
1757 to 1761John Thomas seniorTranslated from Peterborough; translated to Winchester
1761Robert DrummondTranslated from St Asaph; translated to York
1761 to 1766John Thomas junior
(John Thomas II)
Translated from Lincoln
1766 to 1782John HumeTranslated from Oxford
1782 to 1791The Honourable Shute BarringtonTranslated from Llandaff; translated to Durham
1791 to 1807John DouglasTranslated from Carlisle; died in office
May 30, 1807 to May 21, 1825John FisherTranslated from Exeter; died within weeks of leaving office
May 21, 1825 to February 19, 1837Thomas BurgessTranslated from St David's; died in office
March 13, 1837 to March 6, 1854Edward DenisonFellow of Merton College,Oxford; died in office
March 27, 1854 to August 1, 1869Walter Kerr Hamiltoncanon-resident and Precentor of Salisbury; died in office
August 14 or August 19, 1854 to July 6, 1885George MoberlyCanon of Chester; earlier start date of tenure given in Haydns (1969 reprint) - source of later date unknown)
September 3, 1885 to August 16, 1911John WordsworthOriel Professor of Divinity, Oxford
1911 to May 4, 1921Frederic Ridgeway
June 21, 1921 to December 7, 1935St. Clair George Alfred Donaldson, DDDied in office
1936 to 1949Neville Lovett
1949 to 1963William Anderson
1963 to 1973Joseph Fison
1973 to 1982George Reindorp
1982 to 1993John Austin Baker
November 30, 1993 to presentDavid Staffurth Stancliffe

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