John Waltham

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John Waltham
Bishop of Salisbury
Church Catholic
See Diocese of Salisbury
In office 1388–1395
Predecessor Ralph Ergham
Successor Richard Mitford
Personal details
Born Waltham, North East Lincolnshire
Died 17 September 1395
Previous post Archdeacon of Richmond

John Waltham (or John de Waltham), Bishop of Salisbury was Lord High Treasurer and Lord Privy Seal of England, in the reign of Richard II.


John de Waltham was instituted as rector of the Church of St Peter, Great Berkhamsted in 1379 by Richard II.[1] He was Lord Privy Seal from 1386 to 1389.[2] He was also Lord Treasurer from 1391 to 1395.[3] He held the office of Archdeacon of Richmond from 1385 to 1388.[4]

Waltham was nominated to the see of Salisbury on 3 April 1388 and was consecrated on 20 September 1388.[5]

Waltham enjoyed an especially close relationship with Richard II;[citation needed] when Waltham died on 17 September 1395,[5] Richard honoured him with a tomb in Westminster Abbey in the Chapel of Edward the Confessor, the only person not of royal blood to be buried in the royal chapel.[1][6]


  1. ^ a b Birtchnell, Percy (1960). A Short History of Berkhamsted. The Bookstack. p. 34. ISBN 1-871372-00-3. 
  2. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 95
  3. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 106
  4. ^ Jones Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1300-1541: volume 6: Northern province (York, Carlisle and Durham): Archdeacons: Richmond
  5. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 270
  6. ^ Birtchnell (p.34) notes that "scandalous talk of the king's affection for him" abounded, possibly comparing Richard's relationship with Waltham to that with Robert de Vere


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Political offices
Preceded by
Walter Skirclaw
Lord Privy Seal
Succeeded by
Edmund Stafford
Preceded by
John Gilbert
Lord High Treasurer
Succeeded by
Roger Walden
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Ralph Ergham
Bishop of Salisbury
Succeeded by
Richard Mitford