William Bishop

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For other uses, see: William Bishop. William Bishop (c. 1553 – 1624) was the first Roman Catholic bishop after the English Reformation. Officially, he was the titular bishop of Chalcedon, his territory included all of England, Wales and Scotland. Roman Catholicism had been banned in England in 1559. William Bishop was appointed bishop over the whole of England, Wales and Scotland in 1623.… Read More

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1553 Birth Born in 1553.
1559 6 Years Old Roman Catholicism had been banned in England in 1559. … Read More


1570 17 Years Old He was sent to the University of Oxford aged 16 around 1570. … Read More


1583 30 Years Old He then returned to Rheims, was ordained priest at Laon in May 1583, and was sent on the English mission. … Read More
1591 38 Years Old He returned to England on the mission, 15 May 1591; after about two years he returned to Paris to complete the degree of D.D., and then came back to England. … Read More


1611 58 Years Old He was examined on 4 May 1611, when he said he was opposed to the Jesuits, but declined to take the oath of allegiance, as Blackwell and others had done, because he wished to uphold the credit of the secular priests at Rome, and to get the English College there out of the hands of the Jesuits. … Read More


1623 70 Years Old Bishop was consecrated at Paris on 4 June 1623, and he landed at Dover on 31 July. … Read More
1624 71 Years Old He passed most of the winter in retirement; falling sick at the residence of Sir Basil Brook, at Bishop's-court near London, he died on 13 April 1624. … Read More
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