Richard Beadon

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Richard Beadon DD (1737 – 21 April 1824) was Master of Jesus College, Cambridge 1781–1789 and later Vice-Chancellor of the University, Bishop of Gloucester and Bishop of Bath and Wells.

Richard Beadon, portrait by Lemuel Francis Abbott


Beadon was born at Pinkworthy in Devon, son of the Rev. Robert Beadon, Rector of Oakford. He was educated at Blundell's School and admitted to St John's College, Cambridge in 1754. He was eighth Wrangler and Senior Chancellor's Medallist in 1758.[1]

He married Rachel, granddaughter of Bishop Gooch, of Ely, and had one son, Richard.

It is said he was admirable both as Master and Vice-Chancellor, and a very handsome man. His portrait survives in the College.


  • Fellow and Tutor of St. John's
  • Archdeacon of London, 1775–1789
  • Master of Jesus College, 1781–1789
  • Tutor to Prince Frederick William, afterwards Duke of Gloucester
  • Bishop of Gloucester, 1789–1802
  • Bishop of Bath and Wells, 1802–1824


  1. ^ "Beadon, Richard (BDN754R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Samuel Hallifax
Bishop of Gloucester
Succeeded by
George Isaac Huntingford
Preceded by
Charles Moss
Bishop of Bath and Wells
1802 –1824
Succeeded by
George Henry Law