Richard Fletcher (bishop)

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Richard Fletcher
Bishop of London
Personal details
Born 1544/5
Died 15 June 1596
Previous post Bishop of Worcester

Richard Fletcher (1544/5, Watford – 15 June 1596) was a Church of England priest and bishop. He was successively bishop of Worcester in 1593–1594 and bishop of London in 1595–1596.

Fletcher was educated at Norwich School, Trinity College, Cambridge, and became a fellow of Corpus Christi College.[1][2] He was the father of playwright John Fletcher.

During his time as Dean of Peterborough Cathedral he was present at the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots on 8 February 1587,[3] described by Fraser as "pray(ing) out loud and at length, in a prolonged and rhetorical style as though determined to force his way into the pages of history" (1969:584), and presided over her initial funeral and burial at Peterborough Cathedral.[4]


  1. ^ Harries et al. (1991), p. 170
  2. ^ "Fletcher, Richard (FLTR562R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
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  4. ^ Fraser, A. (1969) Mary Queen of Scots, World Books, London, pp583-586, 594


  • Harries, R.; Cattermole, P.; Mackintosh, P. (1991). A History of Norwich School: King Edward VI's Grammar School at Norwich. Norwich: Friends of Norwich School. ISBN 978-0-9518561-1-6. 

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Bullingham
Bishop of Bristol
Title next held by
John Thornborough
Preceded by
Edmund Freke
Bishop of Worcester
Succeeded by
Thomas Bilson
Preceded by
John Aylmer
Bishop of London
Succeeded by
Richard Bancroft