Hugh Whitehead

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Hugh Whitehead (died 1551) was the last prior of the Benedictine monastery at Durham in England. The monastery was dissolved by King Henry VIII in 1540. Whitehead would go on to become the cathedral's first dean.

Life[edit]

He was from a County Durham family. Ordained priest in 1501, he then studied for seven years at Durham College, Oxford.[1]

Whitehead was from 1519 to 1540 last prior, and from 1541 first dean of Durham. He was later implicated in the fictitious charges of treason brought against his bishop Cuthbert Tunstall, in 1550–1, and was imprisoned in the Tower of London. There he died in November 1551.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Knighton, C. S. "Whitehead, Hugh". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/29288.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^  "Whitehead, David". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 
Attribution

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Whitehead, David". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Thomas Castell
Prior of Durham
1520–1540
Succeeded by
position abolished