Anthony Watson (bishop)

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Anthony Watson
Bishop of Chichester
DioceseDiocese of Chichester
In office1596 – 1605 (death)
PredecessorThomas Bickley
SuccessorLancelot Andrewes
Other postsDean of Bristol (1590–1598)
Lord High Almoner (1595–1605)
Consecration15 August 1596[1]
Personal details
Bornc. 1549
Durham, County Durham, England
Died(1605-09-10)10 September 1605 (aged c. 56 years)
Cheam, Surrey, England[1]
BuriedSt Dunstan's, Cheam[1]
Alma materChrist's College, Cambridge

Anthony Watson (died 10 September 1605)[2] was an English bishop.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in Durham. He was educated at Christ's College, Cambridge, where he matriculated in 1567, graduated Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1572, and was ordained a deacon and priest on 7 May 1573 at Peterborough. He became a Fellow of Christ's (1573–1583), and graduated Cambridge Master of Arts (MA Cantab) in 1575; he was incorporated at Oxford in 1577, later becoming a Bachelor of Divinity (BD) in 1582 and a Doctor of Divinity (DD) in 1596.[2]


He was Rector of Cheam, Surrey from 1581, presented by John Lumley, 1st Baron Lumley. He continued to reside there for the rest of his life.[3][4] At that point Nonsuch Palace belonged to Lumley, and Watson wrote a significant Latin description of it,[5] from the 1580s, and surviving in manuscript. He became Dean of Bristol in April 1590; in 1592 Lumley presented him as Rector of Storrington, Sussex (which post he held until his death); he also served as canon chancellor (in the Wedmore Secunda prebend) of Wells (July 1592[1]–1596).[2]


He became Lord High Almoner in 1595, and Bishop of Chichester in 1596;[1][6] serving as both until death.[2] He attended Elizabeth I during her terminal illness[1] and at her death bed[2] and participated in the Hampton Court Conference of 1604.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Dictionary of National Biography, article Watson, Anthony.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Watson, Anthony (WT567A)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. ^ "Cheam A brief history". London Borough of Sutton. Archived from the original on 5 January 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Cheam". Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  5. ^ Magnificae at plane regiae domus quae vulgo vocatur Nonesuch brevis et vera descriptio, published Garden Hist, 27(1), 1999, 168–178, ISSN 0307-1243.
  6. ^ Diocese of Chichester vs Blanc Ltd. "Home — Diocese of Chichester". Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Welcome to ICONS — Icons of England". Archived from the original on 17 May 2009. Retrieved 2 April 2016.