Bishop of Dorchester (historic)
The historic Bishop of Dorchester was a prelate who administered the Diocese of Dorchester in the Anglo-Saxon period. The bishop's seat, or cathedra, was at the cathedral in Dorchester-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.
A cathedral at Dorchester was founded in 634 by the Roman missionary Saint Birinus. It was the seat of a Bishop of the West Saxons; the episcopal see for that kingdom was moved to Winchester in 660 and so the Wessex Bishops of Dorchester were succeeded by the Bishops of Winchester.
The town again became the seat of a bishop in around 875, when the Mercian Bishop of Leicester transferred his seat there. The diocese merged with that of Lindsey in 971; the bishop's seat was moved to Lincoln in 1072 and thus the Mercian Bishops of Dorchester were succeeded by the Bishops of Lincoln.
List of bishops
|West Saxon Bishops of Dorchester|
|634||c. 650||Birinus||Sent from Rome by the pope, founded missionary diocese; Saint Birinius|
|c. 650||c. 660||Agilbert||Resigned.|
|Early Mercian Bishops of Dorchester|
|Later Mercian Bishops of Dorchester|
|betw. 869 x 888||betw. 893 x 896||Harlardus |Also recorded as Alhheard]]; Eahlheard.|
|betw. 893 x 900||betw. 903 x 909||Wigmund||or Wilferth|
|c. 909||betw. 909 x 925||Coenwulf||Also recorded as Kenulphus|
|betw. 909 x 925||betw. 934 x 945||Wynsige|
|betw. 934 x 945||betw. 949 x 950||Æthelwold|
|949 or 950||971||Oscytel||Also Archbishop of York (956–971).|
|971||betw. 971 x 975||Leofwine||Bishop of Lindsey; united the sees of Dorchester and Linsay in 971, bishops of the united diocese known as Bishop of Dorchester|
|betw. 971 x 975||betw. 975 x 979||Alnothus||Also recorded as Alfnoth|
|betw. 975 x 979||23 April 1002||Æscwig||Also recorded as Œswy; Ascwinus.|
|1002||betw. 1007 x 1009||Ælfhelm||Also recorded as Alfhelmus.|
|betw. 1007 x 1009||18 October 1016||Eadnoth (I.)||Also recorded as Eadnothus. Abbot of Ramsey; killed at the battle of Assandun.|
|1016||8 December 1034||Æthelric||Also recorded as Eadhericus; Brihtmær.|
|1034||18/19 September 1049||Eadnoth (II.)||Also recorded as Eadnothus. Bishop of Dorchester, Leicester, and Lindey.|
|1049||14 September 1052||Ulfus Normanus||Also recorded as Ulf. Royal priest; suspended at the Council of Vercelli 1050; expelled|
|1053||1067||Wulfwig||Also recorded as Wulfinus. Royal priest.|
|1067||1072||Remigius de Fécamp||Also recorded as Remigius de Feschamp. Moved the see to Lincoln|
- Kirby Earliest English Kings p. 48-49
- "Historical successions: Dorchester". Crockford's Clerical Directory. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- "Historical successions: Lincoln (including precussor offices)". Crockford's Clerical Directory. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I., eds. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd, reprinted 2003 ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 215 and 255. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.