Prior of Durham

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The Prior of Durham was the head of Durham Cathedral Priory, founded c. 1083 with the move of a previous house from Jarrow. The succession continued until dissolution of the monastery in 1540, when the priory was replaced with a deanery church.

List[edit]

Priors of St Cuthbert's Cathedral Priory, Durham
From Until Incumbent Citation(s) Notes
1073x4 (Jarrow)
1083 (Durham)
died 1087 Aldwin [1]
1087 resigned 1109 Turgot [1] Became Bishop of St Andrews [1]
1109 died 1137 x 1138 Algar [1]
?1138 died 1149 Roger [1]
1149 died 1154 Lawrence [1]
1154 died 1158 Absalom [1]
1161 x 1162 resigned 1162 or 1163 Thomas [1] Died 1173
1163 died 1189 Germanus [1]
1189 died 1212 x 1213 Bertram [1]
1212 x 1213 died 1218 William [1][2]
1218 died 1234 Ranulf Kerneth [3]
1234 died 1244 Thomas de Melsonby [3]
1244 resigned 1258 Bertram de Middleton [3] Still alive in 1266[3]
1258 resigned 1273 Hugh de Darlington [3]
1273 resigned 1285 Richard de Claxton [3]
1286 resigned 1290 Hugh de Darlington (again) [3]
elected 1290 Richard de Hoton [4] Died in 1308.[5]
appointed 1300 Henry de Lusby [4] See above note
1308 resigned 1313 William de Tanfield [6] Died 7 February 1314[6]
1313 resigned 1321 Geoffrey de Burdon [6] Still alive in 1333; previously prior of Finchale and prior of Lyytham[6]
elected 1321 William de Guisborough [6] Elected 6 February, renounced election 8 February 1321
1321 died 1341 William de Cowton [6]
1341 died 1374 John Fossor [7]
1374 died 1391 Robert Berrington of Walworth [8]
1391 died 1416 John de Hemingbrough [9]
1416 died 1446 John de Washington [9]
1446 resigned 1456 William Ebchester [9]
1456 died 1464 John Burnby [9]
1464 resigned 1479 Richard Bell [9]
1479 died 1484 Robert Ebchester [9]
1484 died 1494 John Auckland [9]
1494 1519 Thomas Castell [9]
1520 office abolished 1540 Hugh Whitehead [9] The monastery was surrendered to the king in 1540, after which a dean and twelve canons were appointed.[9] Hugh Whitehead was this first dean; he died in 1551.[10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Knowles, Brooke, and London, (1972), Heads of Religious Houses , i, p. 43
  2. ^ Smith & London (eds.), Heads of Religions Houses, ii, pp. 37—8
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Smith & London (eds.), Heads of Religions Houses, ii, p. 38
  4. ^ a b Smith & London (eds.), Heads of Religions Houses, ii, pp. 38—9
  5. ^ Fraser, C. M. (2004), "Hoton, Richard (d. 1308), prior of Durham", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/13858, retrieved on 2009-01-28
  6. ^ a b c d e f Smith & London (eds.), Heads of Religions Houses, ii, p. 39
  7. ^ Smith & London (eds.), Heads of Religions Houses, ii, pp. 39—40
  8. ^ Smith & London (eds.), Heads of Religions Houses, ii, p. 40
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Page, "Priory of St Cuthbert, Durham".
  10. ^ Knighton, "Whitehead, Hugh"

References[edit]

  • Fraser, C. M. (2004), "Hoton, Richard (d. 1308), prior of Durham", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, retrieved 2009-01-28 
  • Knighton, C. S. (2004), "Whitehead, Hugh (d. 1551), prior then dean of Durham", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, retrieved 2009-01-28 
  • Knowles, David; Brooke, C. N. L.; London, C. M, eds. (1972), The Heads of Religious Houses : England and Wales. 1, 940—1216, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-08367-2 
  • Page, William, ed. (1907), "Priory of St Cuthbert, Durham (later Durham cathedral)", A History of the County of Durham: Volume 2 (1907), British History Online, pp. 86–103, retrieved 2009-01-10 
  • Smith, David M.; London, C. M, eds. (2001), The Heads of Religious Houses : England and Wales. 2, 1216—1377, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-80271-7