Abbot of Bury St Edmunds
Abbot of Bury St. Edmunds was the title used by the head of the Benedictine monastery Bury St. Edmunds Abbey in the county of Suffolk, England. The following table lists the abbots from the foundation of the abbey in 1020 until its dissolution in 1539.
|Abbots of Bury St. Edmunds||From||To||Notes|
|4||Robert I||1100||1102||son of Hugh, earl of Chester|
|6||Alebold of Jerusalem||1114||1119|
|7||Anselm of St Saba||1121||1146[a]||nephew of Anselm of Canterbury. Elected bishop of London in 1138, but did not become bishop|
|8||Ording||1146||1156||See note on dates of Anselm above - elected abbot while Anselm was bishop-elect, then re-elected after Anselm's death|
|9||Abbot Hugo/Hugh I||1157||1180||Re-Founded St. George's Priory, Thetford ca 1160. Chronicles of Jocelyn de Brakelond narrate the fortunes of the monastery 1173 - 1202|
|10||Samson of Tottington||1182||1211|
|11||Hugh of Northwold||1215||1229||1213 locally, 1215 with Papal consent; became bishop of Ely|
|12||Richard||1229||1234||Also known as Richard of the Isle of Ely|
|13||Henry of Rushbrook||1235||1248|
|14||Edmund of Walpole||1248||1256|
|15||Simon of Luton||1257||1279|
|16||John of Northwold||1279||1301|
|17||Thomas of Tottington||1302||1312|
|18||Richard of Draughton||1312||1335|
|19||William of Bernham||1335||1362||William died the last day of February 1361-1362|
|20||Henry of Hunstanton||1362||1362||Henry's abbacy was very brief|
|21||John of Brinkley||1362||1379||John of Brinkley elected on Henry's demise|
|22||John of Timworth||1379||1389||The Papal nominee for Abbot was Edmund Bromefield for 5 years of this time|
|23||William of Cratfield||1390||1415|
|24||William of Exeter||1415||1429|
On 4 November, 1539, the abbey was surrendered. The surrender is signed by Abbot John Reeve, Prior Thomas Ringstede (alias Dennis), and by forty-two other monks.
- 1148 is given in one source.
- Knowles, David; London, Vera C. M.; Brooke, Christopher (2001). The Heads of Religious Houses, England and Wales, 940–1216 (Second ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 31–33. ISBN 0-521-80452-3.
- Page, William, ed. (1975). "Houses of Benedictine monks: Abbey of Bury St Edmunds". A History of the County of Suffolk 2. pp. 56–72. Retrieved 23 May 2012.