Herbert Poore

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Herbert Poore
Bishop of Salisbury
See Diocese of Salisbury
Elected circa (c.) 5 May 1194
Term ended 1217
Predecessor Hubert Walter
Successor Richard Poore
Other posts Archdeacon of Canterbury
Consecration 5 June 1194
Personal details
Died 1217
Denomination Catholic

Herbert Poore (sometimes Herbert le Poer or Herbert of Ilchester) (died 1217) was a medieval English clergyman who held the post of Bishop of Salisbury during the reigns of Richard I and John.


Poore was probably the son of Richard of Ilchester, also known as Richard Toclive, who served as Bishop of Winchester.[1] He was the brother of Richard Poore, who succeeded him as bishop.[2] He held the office of Archdeacon of Canterbury from 1176 until 1194.[3] Herbert was elected to Salisbury about 5 May 1194 and consecrated on 5 June 1194.[4] He was only ordained a priest on 4 June 1194, the day before his consecration at Westminster.[1] Herbert was apparently an enemy of Hubert Walter, and because of his recalcitrance was dispossessed of his lands and exiled to Normandy in 1198. He was permitted to return to England upon payment of a large fine, where he soon found a more sympathetic monarch in King John. It was Herbert's idea to move the see from Old Sarum to the Salisbury Plain, but it was left to his brother and successor, Richard, to actually carry out the plan.

During the Interdict of King John of England's reign, Poore took refuge in Scotland in 1209, and had returned to England by 18 July 1213 when the temporalities of the see were returned to him.[1]

Poore died 7 January 1217[4] when his death was commemorated.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d British History Online Bishops of Salisbury accessed on 30 October 2007
  2. ^ British History Online Deans of Salisbury accessed on 30 October 2007
  3. ^ British History Online Archdeacons of Canterbury accessed on 30 October 2007
  4. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 270


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Hubert Walter
Bishop of Salisbury
Succeeded by
Richard Poore