William Booth (bishop)

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William Booth
Church Roman Catholic
Province Province of York
Appointed 21 July 1452
Term ended 12 September 1464
Predecessor John Kemp
Successor George Neville
Consecration 9 July 1447
Personal details
Died 12 September 1464
Bishopthorpe Palace, York
Buried Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire
Motto Quod ero spero

William Booth or Bothe (died 12 September 1464) was Bishop of Lichfield from 1447, before becoming Archbishop of York in 1452 until his death in 1464.


Prior to his election as Bishop of Lichfield, Booth had been Rector of Prescot, Lancashire since 1441. He was provided to the see of Lichfield on 26 April 1447 and consecrated on 9 July 1447.[1]

Booth was translated to the archdiocese of York on 21 July 1452.[2] In the late summer of 1463 Archbishop Booth, allied with the Neville brothers Richard Earl of Warwick and John Marquess of Montagu, led an army in the north of England which repelled an attempted invasion by the Scots with ex-king Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou.[3]

Booth died the following year, on 12 September 1464,[2] at Bishopthorpe Palace, and is buried in a family vault at Southwell Minster.


  1. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 254
  2. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 282
  3. ^ Ross Edward IV p. 54


Further reading[edit]

  • Condliffe Bates, J., ed. (2008). The Register of William Bothe, Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, 1447-1452. Canterbury and York Society 98. 

See also[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
William Heyworth
Bishop of Lichfield
Succeeded by
Nicholas Close
Preceded by
John Kemp
Archbishop of York
Succeeded by
George Neville