John Howson

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For the Dean of Chester, see John Howson (priest).
John Howson, engraving by Martin Droeshout.

John Howson (c.1557-6 February 1632) was an English academic and bishop.


He was born in the London parish of St Bride's Church, and educated at St Paul's School.[1]

He was a student and then canon of Christ Church, Oxford, and Vice-Chancellor in 1602. James I of England appointed him to Chelsea College.[2] He became rector of Brightwell Baldwin in 1608.[3]

Conflicts in Oxford with Calvinist clergy led to his being accused in 1615 before the King of popery, by George Abbot, the Archbishop of Canterbury. He was able to convince the King that the charges were misplaced, and began to rise in the hierarchy, where he was an influence on the Arminian side.[4] He was Bishop of Oxford from 1619, and Bishop of Durham from 1628.


His daughter Anne married Thomas Farnaby.[1]


  1. ^ a b  "Howson, John (1557?-1632)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 
  2. ^ Anthony Milton, Catholic and Reformed: The Roman and Protestant Churches in English Protestant Thought, 1600-1640 (2002), p. 57.
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  4. ^ Kenneth Fincham, Nicholas Tyacke, Altars Restored: The Changing Face of English Religious Worship, 1547-c.1700 (2007), p. 125.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Bridges
Bishop of Oxford
Succeeded by
Richard Corbet
Preceded by
George Montaigne
Bishop of Durham
Succeeded by
Thomas Morton
Political offices
Title last held by
Richard Neile
Lord Lieutenant of Durham
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Thomas Morton