Benjamin Petre

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The Right Reverend
Benjamin Petre
Vicar Apostolic of the London District
Appointed 23 June 1721 (Coadjutor)
Installed 12 March 1734
Term ended 22 December 1758
Predecessor Bonaventure Giffard
Successor Richard Challoner
Other posts Titular Bishop of Prusa
Consecration 11 Nov 1721
by Bonaventure Giffard
Personal details
Born (1672-08-10)August 10, 1672
Died 22 December 1758(1758-12-22) (aged 86)
Nationality English
Denomination Roman Catholic

Benjamin Petre (10 August 1672 – 22 December 1758) was an English Roman Catholic prelate, Vicar Apostolic of the London District from 1734.


He was born the son of John Petre (1617–1690) of Fidlers or Fithlers, Essex (who was a younger brother of William Petre the translator), by his second wife, Elizabeth, daughter of John Pincheon of Writtle. He was educated at the English College, Douai, and, after being admitted to the priesthood, became tutor to Lord Derwentwater, who was subsequently beheaded for treason.

He was consecrated titular bishop of Prusa on 11 November 1721, and appointed coadjutor bishop with right of succession Bonaventure Giffard, at that time vicar-apostolic of the London district. On Gifford's death on 12 March 1734, he succeeded to the vicariate. He resided chiefly at Fidlers. He was buried in St Edmund's College, Ware. He was succeeded by Richard Challoner.


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bonaventure Giffard
Vicar Apostolic of the London District
Succeeded by
Richard Challoner