Brian Duppa

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Bishop Duppa.

Brian or Bryan Duppa, more formally Bishop Duppa, (1588, Lewisham[1]–1662, Richmond) was an English bishop, chaplain to the royal family, Royalist and adviser to Charles I of England.[2]


He was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford, graduating B.A. in 1609.[3] He was a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford in 1612,[4] and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford in 1632. He became chaplain to Edward Sackville, 4th Earl of Dorset, who as his patron helped him become Dean of Christ Church.

He was chaplain to Charles I from 1634, and tutor to his two sons.[5] He was regarded as a follower of William Laud.[6][7] He was involved in the approval by Charles I of the manuscript of Eikon Basilike, reading it to the King in Carisbrooke Castle.[8]

Duppa was made Bishop of Chichester (1638). From two years later (marking the start of the Civil War) until death he lived much more quietly at Richmond,[9] (as Bishop of Salisbury from 1641), one of the few Anglican bishops to remain in office during the English Interregnum.[10]

In 1660, on the return from exile of Charles II of England to restore the monarchy, Duppa was made bishop of Winchester, and Lord Almoner. He died two years later.[4]


He was editor of Jonsonus Virbius (1638), a collection of memorial verses from various authors for Ben Jonson.[11]

Eponymous places[edit]

A hill and a park bear his name given mostly to sports fields: Bishop Duppas Park in Lower Halliford, Shepperton, Surrey[12] and seemingly Duppas Hill in Waddon, Croydon, London reflecting his influence on the previously ecclesiastical property.

Two sets of Bishop Duppa's almshouses were erected with his funds or endowed with his lands, one with original components, and one a 19th-century successor development:


  1. ^ Edward Hasted (1797). "Parishes: Lewisham". The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 1. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Charles I, by W.H. Hutton (1912) - Anglican History Society
  3. ^ Margaret Griffin, Regulating Religion and Morality in the King's Armies, 1639-1646 (2004), p. 188.
  4. ^ a b Concise Dictionary of National Biography
  5. ^ March 10 (born) and featured individual: Good Bishop Duppa Chambers Book of Days, 1869, Robert Chambers, Edinburgh and London
  6. ^ Michael C. Questier (editor), Catholicism and Community in Early Modern England: Politics, Aristocratic Patronage and Religion, c. 1550-1640 (2006), p. 494.
  7. ^ British Civil Wars Charles, Prince of Wales, (later Charles II), 1630-85
  8. ^ Jim Daems, Holly Faith, Eikon Basilike: The Portraiture of His Sacred Majesty in His Solitudes and Sufferings (2006), p. 20.
  9. ^ The Environs of London: volume 1: County of Surrey: Richmond Daniel Lysons, Institute of Historical Research, 1792, Retrieved 22 September 2013
  10. ^ Robert David Redmile, The Apostolic Succession and the Catholic Episcopate in the Christian Episcopal Church of Canada (2006), p. 183.
  11. ^ The Cambridge History of English and American Literature: An Encyclopedia in 18 Volumes. Vol. 6. "The Drama to 1642, Part Two". 1907–21 I. Ben Jonson. §5. Later years.
  12. ^ Susan Reynolds (Editor) (1962). "Shepperton: The hundred of Spelthorne (continued)". A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 3 at Shepperton. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  13. ^ Duppa's Almshouses, Pembridge English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1081719)". National Heritage List for England. 
  14. ^ Bishop Duppa's Almshouses, Richmond English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (1253024)". National Heritage List for England. 


  • Gyles Isham, Justinian Isham (editors), The Correspondence of Bishop Brian Duppa and Sir Justinian Isham, 1650-1660, Publications of the Northamptonshire Record Society Volume XVII

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Richard Montagu
Bishop of Chichester
Succeeded by
Henry King
Preceded by
John Davenant
Bishop of Salisbury
Succeeded by
Humphrey Henchman
Title last held by
Walter Curle
Bishop of Winchester
Succeeded by
George Morley