William Overton (bishop)

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William Overton (c.1525–1609) was an English bishop.


He was born in 1525 in Clerkenwell, Middlesex and died April 9, 1609.

He became a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1551, and rector of Balcombe and vicar of Eccleshall in 1553.[1] He was also made a prebendary at Chichester, Winchester, and Salisbury. He became Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield in 1580, and remained there until his death in 1609.[2] He was responsible for introducing glassmaking, importing artisans from Lorraine.[3]

He married Margaret Barlow (1533 - 1601), daughter of Bishop William Barlow and Agatha (Wellesbourne) Barlow, and they had Susan (Barlow) Playsted and Valentine Barlow (1565 - 1646).[citation needed]

He is buried in Holy Trinity Church, Eccleshall.[4]

Further reading[edit]

  • Russell Fox (1982), William Overton and Glassmaking in Buriton


Church of England titles
Preceded by
Thomas Bentham
Bishop of Lichfield
Succeeded by
George Abbot