Edmund Gheast

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Edmund Gheast
Bishop of Salisbury
Bp Edmund Geste.jpg
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Salisbury
Elected 1571
Term ended 1577 (death)
Other posts Bishop of Rochester (1560–1571)
Consecration c. 1560
Personal details
Born 1514
Northallerton, Yorkshire
Died 1577
Buried Salisbury Cathedral
Nationality English
Denomination Anglican
Parents Thomas Geste
Alma mater King's College, Cambridge

Edmund Gheast (also known as Guest, Geste or Gest; 1514–1577) was a 16th-century cleric of the Church of England.


Guest was born at Northallerton, Yorkshire, the son of Thomas Geste. He was educated at York Grammar School and Eton College and became a scholar of King's College, Cambridge in 1536 (fellow from 1539 to 1554, BA in 1541, MA in 1544, BD in 1551).[1]

He was chaplain to Archbishop Matthew Parker who made him Archdeacon of Canterbury (1559–1564) and Rector of Cliffe, Kent. He became Bishop of Rochester in 1560, holding the office of Archdeacon of Canterbury in commendam.[2] He was then Bishop of Salisbury from 1571 to his death in 1577. He was buried in Salisbury Cathedral.[3]

Guest participated actively in the Convocation of 1563 that met under Archbishop Matthew Parker to revise the Forty-Two Articles.[4] Convocation passed only 39 of the 42, and Queen Elizabeth reduced the number to 38 by throwing out Article XXIX to avoid offending the Roman Catholic party.[4] In 1571, the XXIXth Article, despite the opposition of Guest, was inserted, to the effect that the wicked do not eat the Body of Christ.[5] The Thirty-Nine Articles were ratified by the Queen, and the bishops and clergy were required to assent.[4]


  1. ^ http://venn.csi.cam.ac.uk/
  2. ^ British History Online: Archdeacons of Canterbury 1541–1857: Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae, volume 3: Canterbury, Rochester and Winchester dioceses (1974), pp. 15–17. Date accessed: 10 January 2010.
  3. ^ Jane Freeman, ‘Guest, Edmund (1514–1577)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, September 2004; online edn, May 2009 [1], accessed 10 January 2010
  4. ^ a b c http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01498a.htm Catholic Encyclopedia Anglicanism
  5. ^ http://www.episcopalian.org/pbs1928/Articles/AnglicanTeaching/007.HTM Anglican Teaching by W. G. WILSON, M.A., B.D., Ph.D. and J.H. TEMPLETON. M.A., B.D.. M.LITT.. Ph.D.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Edmund Allen
Bishop of Rochester
Succeeded by
Edmund Freke
Preceded by
John Jewel
Bishop of Salisbury
Succeeded by
John Piers