Bishop of Cornwall

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The Bishop of Cornwall was an episcopal title which was used by Anglo Saxons between the 9th and 11th centuries. In the mid ninth century there was a bishop at Dinuurrin, probably Bodmin, and possibly another at St Germans.[1] At the end of the century Cornwall was part of the diocese of Sherborne, and Asser was given episcopal charge of Devon and Cornwall before his appointment to the full diocese. When he died in 909, Sherborne was divided into three dioceses, of which Devon and Cornwall were one. In Æthelstan's reign (924-939) there was a further division with the establishment of a separate Cornish diocese based at St Germans.[2] Later bishops of Cornwall were sometimes referred to as the bishops of St Germans. In 1050, the bishoprics of Crediton and of Cornwall were merged and the Episcopal see was transferred to Exeter.[3][4]

List of bishops of Cornwall[edit]

  • Abbreviation: bet. = between; all the dates are very uncertain.
Bishops of Cornwall
From Until Incumbent Notes
bet. 833–870 ? Kenstec
before 931 bet. 937–955 Conan
bet. 937–955 after 959 Daniel
bet. 959–969 before 963 Comoere
bet. 959–969 bet. 981–993 Wulfsige
bet. 981–993 bet. 1002–1018 Ealdred
circa 1001 ? Æthelred
bet. 1002–1018 after 1019 Burhweald
1027 1046 Lyfing also Bishop of Crediton
1046 1050 Leofric also Bishop of Crediton
In 1050, Leofric transferred the united sees of Crediton and of Cornwall to Exeter.[5]
Source(s): [4]


  1. ^ Orme, Nicholas (2000). The Saints of Cornwall. Oxford University Press. pp. 8–9. ISBN 9780191542893. 
  2. ^ Stenton, Frank (1971). Anglo-Saxon England (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 439. ISBN 978-0-19-821716-9. 
  3. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory, 100th edition, (2007), Church House Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
  4. ^ a b 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. 214–215. ISBN 0-521-56350-X. 
  5. ^ Exeter: Ecclesiastical History. Retrieved on 8 December 2008.

Further reading[edit]

  • Finberg, H. P. R. (1953). "Sherborne, Glastonbury, and the expansion of Wessex". Transactions of the Royal Historical Society. 5th series. 3: 101–124. doi:10.2307/3678711. JSTOR 3678711.