James Bramston (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
James Yorke Bramston
Vicar Apostolic of the London District
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See London District
Appointed 4 February 1823 (Coadjutor)
Installed 26 November 1827
Term ended 11 July 1836
Predecessor William Poynter
Successor Thomas Griffiths
Other posts Titular Bishop of Usula
Ordination 1801
Consecration 29 June 1823
by William Poynter
Personal details
Born (1763-03-15)15 March 1763
Oundle, Northamptonshire, England
Died 11 July 1836(1836-07-11) (aged 73)
London, England
Nationality English
Denomination Roman Catholic

James Yorke Bramston (15 March 1763 – 11 July 1836) was an English prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Vicar Apostolic of the London District from 1827 until his death in 1836.

Born in Oundle, Northamptonshire, Bramston was educated at Oundle School and Lincoln's Inn, where he studied for nearly four years under the Roman Catholic conveyancer Charles Butler.[1] Following his conversion to Catholicism in 1790, he studied theology at the English College, Lisbon and was ordained a priest in 1801.[2] He then worked as a missionary in the apostolic vicariates of the Midland District and the London District, of which he became vicar general in 1812.[3]

On 4 February 1823, Bramston was appointed Coadjutor Vicar Apostolic of the London District and Titular Bishop of Usula by Pope Pius VII.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on the following 29 June from Bishop William Poynter, with Bishops Peter Collingridge, O.F.M., and Peter Augustine Baines, O.S.B., serving as co-consecrators.[2] He succeeded Bishop Poynter as Vicar Apostolic of the London District upon the latter's death on 26 November 1827.[2] By 1835, London contained 16 churches, 35 priests, and 150,000 Catholics.[3]

Bramston later died at age 73. His funeral Mass was held at St. Mary's Church in Moorfields, where he was buried; his heart, however, was interred at St. Edmund's College in Ware.[4]


  1. ^ The Dictionary of National Biography seems to have confused him with his brother, John William Bramston, educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. G. Martin Murphy, 'Bramston, James Yorke (1763–1836)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, May 2007, accessed 13 Dec 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d "Bishop James Yorke Bramston". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. 
  3. ^ a b Brady, William Maziere. The Episcopal Succession in England, Scotland and Ireland, A.D. 1400 to 1875.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Bradford,Charles Angell (1933). Heart Burial. London: Allen & Unwin. p. 241. ISBN 978-1-162-77181-6. 

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
William Poynter
Vicar Apostolic of the London District
Succeeded by
Thomas Griffiths