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Bishop of Ripon
List of the Bishops of Ripon.jpg
List of bishops at Ripon Cathedral
In office c. 679
Predecessor new foundation
Successor united to York
Consecration 678
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Denomination Christian
Previous post Bishop of Lindsey

Eadhæd[a] was a medieval Bishop of Lindsey and sole Bishop of Ripon in the Medieval era.

Eadhæd was a companion of Chad of Mercia.[1] He was consecrated in 678. He was expelled from Lindsey and was made Bishop of Ripon around 679.[2] This was part of the process whereby Bishop Wilfrid of York's large diocese was broken into three parts, with new bishoprics established at York, Hexham and Ripon.[3] Along with Eadhæd, Bosa was appointed to York and Eata was appointed to Hexham.[4][5] The medieval chronicler Bede, in his work Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum, barely mentions Eadhæd outside of the division of the diocese.[3] It appears that the see of Ripon was especially created to find a place for Eadhæd after his expulsion from Lindsey, for bishops were not usually appointed to that see.[6]


  1. ^ Or Eadhedus or Eadheath or Eadhaed


  1. ^ Kirby Earliest English Kings p. 91
  2. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 219
  3. ^ a b Higham (Re-)reading Bede pp. 159–160
  4. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 217
  5. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 224
  6. ^ Farmer "Saint Wilfrid" Saint Wilfrid at Hexham p. 59 footnote 55


  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X. 
  • Higham, N. J. (2006). (Re-)reading Bede: The Ecclesiastical History in Context. New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-35368-8. 
  • Kirby, D. P. (2000). The Earliest English Kings. New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-24211-8. 

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Church of England titles
New title
New foundation
Bishop of Lindsey
678–c. 679
Succeeded by
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new foundation
Bishop of Ripon
united to York