John Lake (bishop)

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Dr. John Lake
Born 1624
Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire
Died 1689
Quedgeley, Gloucestershire or Eardisley, Herefordshire
Education St John's College, Cambridge
Occupation Bishop
For other people called John Lake, see John Lake (disambiguation).

John Lake (1624–1689) was a 17th-century Bishop of Sodor and Man, Bishop of Bristol and Bishop of Chichester in the British Isles.


He was born in Halifax in the West Riding of Yorkshire and educated at St John's College, Cambridge.[1] He was an ardent Royalist and fought valiantly for the King at Basing House and Wallingford.

On leaving the army, Lake entered the Church and rose to become Bishop of Sodor and Man on 7 January 1683. He was translated to Bristol on 12 August 1684 and to Chichester on 19 October 1685. He was one of the seven bishops imprisoned by James II. However, during the Glorious Revolution, he voted for a regency for the Kings's son. He refused to accept William and Mary and was suspended from office on 1 August 1689. Lake died on 30 August following.

Bishop Lake, from a portrait of the "Seven Bishops".


  1. ^ "Lake, John (LK637J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Henry Bridgeman
Bishop of Sodor and Man
Succeeded by
Baptist Levinz
Preceded by
William Gulston
Bishop of Bristol
Succeeded by
Jonathan Trelawny
Preceded by
Guy Carleton
Bishop of Chichester
Succeeded by
Simon Patrick