John Jegon

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John Jegon
Bishop of Norwich
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Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Norwich
Installed c. 1603
Term ended c. 1617
Predecessor William Redman
Successor John Overall
Other posts Dean of Norwich (1601–1603)
Orders
Consecration c. 1603
Personal details
Born 1550
Died 1618 (aged 67–68)
Denomination Anglican
Residence Aylsham, Norfolk
Spouse Dorothy Vaughan
Occupation Academic
Alma mater Queens' College, Cambridge

John Jegon (1550–1618) was an English academic and Bishop of Norwich. He supported uniformity of Anglican doctrine and worship, and strong government.[1] This led him into conflict with John Robinson, later pastor to the Mayflower emigrants.[2] On the other hand, he made efforts to satisfy local Puritans by the appointment of preachers in his diocese.[3] Nicholas Bownd dedicated to him a work on doctrine of Sabbath.[4]

Education and academic career[edit]

He was educated at Queens' College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. and became a Fellow in 1572, and was then at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he became Master in 1590.[5][6] His pupils included both Roger and Francis Manners, Earls of Rutland.[7] He had a long correspondence with their mother Elizabeth, widow of John Manners, 4th Earl of Rutland.[8]

He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, from 1596 to 1598. As Vice-Chancellor he attempted to discipline John Rudd.[9]

Clerical career[edit]

He became Dean of Norwich in 1601, with the recommendation of John Whitgift.[10] Two years later he was appointed as Bishop there. He resided in Aylsham.[11]

Family[edit]

He married Dorothy, daughter of Richard Vaughan. On his death she married the diplomat Sir Charles Cornwallis.[12]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ian Atherton, Norwich Cathedral: Church, City, and Diocese, 1096-1996 (1996), p. 513.
  2. ^ http://www.sturton-le-steeple.org.uk/html/pilgrims.html
  3. ^ Susan Doran, Princes, Pastors and People: The Church and Religion in England, 1500-1700 (2003), p. 166.
  4. ^ Francis J. Bremer, Tom Webster, Puritans and Puritanism in Europe and America: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia (2006), p. 27.
  5. ^ "Jegon, John (JGN567J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  6. ^ Dictionary of National Biography
  7. ^ http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/Bios/RogerManners(5ERutland).htm
  8. ^ Kenneth Charlton, Women, Religion and Education in Early Modern England (1999), p. 223.
  9. ^ http://shephallmanor.net/chapter_5.htm
  10. ^ Ian Atherton, Norwich Cathedral: Church, City, and Diocese, 1096-1996 (1996), p. 523.
  11. ^ http://www.northnorfolknews.co.uk/content/northnorfolknews/content/community/History.aspx
  12. ^ http://www.aim25.ac.uk/cgi-bin/vcdf/detail?coll_id=7675&inst_id=14&nv1=browse&nv2=sub
Academic offices
Preceded by
John Copcot
Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
1590–1602
Succeeded by
Thomas Jegon
Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Redman
Bishop of Norwich
1603–1617
Succeeded by
John Overall