William Bill

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William Bill
Religion Church of England
Personal
Born circa 1505
Ashwell, Hertfordshire
Died 15 July 1561
Senior posting
Title Dean of Westminster
Period in office 1560-1561
Predecessor John Feckenham
Successor Gabriel Goodman

William Bill (cir 1505-15 July 1561) was Master of St Johns College, Cambridge (1547-1551?), Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge (1548) and twice Master of Trinity College, Cambridge (1551–1553, 1558–1561), Provost of Eton College (1558–1561) and Dean of Westminster (1560–1561).

He was born to John and Margaret Bill of Ashwell, Hertfordshire. He had two brothers and two sisters. His brother Thomas became physician to Henry VIII of England. William was educated at St Johns College, Cambridge, gaining his BA in 1532.[1] He was elected a Fellow of St Johns College in 1535, and gained his MA in 1546. He received a BD during the period 1544-1546. In 1547, he was elected Master of St Johns College, and also received a Doctor of Divinity. In 1551, he was appointed Master of Trinity College. He was appointed Lord High Almoner from 1558–1561 and helped revise the liturgy of Edward VI of England. Following the accession of Mary I of England in 1553, he lost all his former positions. John Christopherson was appointed in his stead to the Mastership of Trinity. When Elizabeth I of England acceded in 1558, he was appointed Provost of Eton College, and re-appointed as Master of Trinity College. He was subsequently appointed Dean of Westminster on 30 June 1560 but died the following year.

He was buried in St Benedict's Chapel, Westminster Abbey, where his tomb and small brass figure can still be seen.

There are varying reports of whether or not he married during his lifetime.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bill, William (BL532W)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
John Taylor
Master of St John's College, Cambridge
1546–1551
Succeeded by
Thomas Lever
Preceded by
John Redman
Master of Trinity College, Cambridge
1551–1553
Succeeded by
John Christopherson
Preceded by
John Christopherson
Master of Trinity College, Cambridge
1558–1561
Succeeded by
Robert Beaumont