Geoffrey de Burgh
|Geoffrey de Burgh|
|Bishop of Ely|
|See||Diocese of Ely|
|Term ended||December 1228|
|Predecessor||John of Fountains|
|Successor||Hugh of Northwold|
|Other posts||Archdeacon of Norwich|
|Consecration||29 June 1225|
Geoffrey was the brother of Hubert de Burgh, Earl of Kent, and William de Burgh, Lord of Connacht. He was born no later than 1180 or so, based on his appointment as archdeacon in 1200. The name of his father is not known, but his mother's name was Alice and the family was from Norfolk and was of knightly status.
Geoffrey was canon of Salisbury Cathedral and a treasurer of the Exchequer before being named Archdeacon of Norwich in 1200. He was elected to the see of Ely in 1215, but the election was quashed by Pope Honorius III before May 1219 due to a competing election with Robert of York. The pope quashed both elections, and ordered a new election, where the monks elected John of Fountains, who was a Cistercian and the abbot of Fountains Abbey.
Geoffrey was once more elected to Ely in June 1225. He owed his election to his brother Hubert, who was Justiciar at the time. He was consecrated Bishop of Ely on 29 June 1225 and died between 8 December and 17 December 1228. He was buried in Ely Cathedral in the north choir. Besides his brothers, he also had a nephew, Thomas Blunville, who Hubert had elected to the see of Norwich in 1226. Although he was buried in Ely Cathedral, no surviving tomb or monument has been identified as his.
Roger of Wendover told the story of a Geoffrey, archdeacon of Norwich who was a victim of King John of England's cruelty. The story goes that Geoffrey was thrown into prison and fitted with a lead cloak and starved to death. However, this cannot be this Geoffrey, for the bishop died well after John. The historian Sidney Painter suggested that the real victim may have been another Geoffrey of Norwich, known to be a justice of the Jews.
Walter de Burgh of Burgh Castle, Norfolk. =Alice | |_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ | | | | | | | | William de Burgh, died 1205. Hubert de Burgh, 1st Earl of Kent, d. 1243. Geoffrey de Burgh, d. 1228. Thomas de Burgh (issue; John and Hubert)
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- Sayers, Jane (2009). "A Once Proud Prelate: An Unidentified Episcopal Monument in Ely Cathedral". Journal of the British Archaeological Association 162: 67–87. doi:10.1179/006812809x12448232842376.
|Catholic Church titles|
|Bishop of Ely
Robert of York
John of Fountains
|Bishop of Ely
Hugh of Northwold