Stinking Bishop is a variety of pear bred near Dymock, England primarily for perry. The official name of the pear is actually Moorcroft and Stinking Bishop is one of its many other names, including Malvern Pear, Choke Pear, and Choker.
It was posthumously named after the breeder, a Mr. Bishop, who allegedly had an ugly temperament. In a 2005 American National Public Radio interview, Charles Martell, the maker of Stinking Bishop cheese, related a story that Bishop got angry at his kettle one day for not heating fast enough and in retaliation shot it. This story, although possibly apocryphal, illustrates the sort of behaviour which earned Bishop his reputation for irascibility.