John de Northwode

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John de Northwode was an English medieval churchman and university chancellor.[1] He was the son of John de Northwode and Agnes, daughter of William de Grandison; and nephew of John de Grandison.[2]

From 29 November 1329 until 1330, John de Northwode was Archdeacon of Exeter in Devon, southwest England. He held the post of Archdeacon of Totnes, also in Devon, from 1338 until 1349.[3] He was appointed Chancellor to the University of Oxford from 1345–49.[4] A commemorative brass plaque dedicated to his memory exists in the Collegiate Church of Ottery St Mary in Devon.[5]


  1. ^ Hibbert, Christopher, ed. (1988). "Appendix 5: Chancellors of the University". The Encyclopaedia of Oxford. Macmillan. pp. 521–522. ISBN 0-333-39917-X. 
  2. ^  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1895). "Northwood, John de". Dictionary of National Biography. 41. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  3. ^ Horn, Joyce (1964). "Archdeacons: Totnes". Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1300–1541. Volume 9: Exeter diocese. Institute of Historical Research. pp. 119–131. 
  4. ^ Wood, Anthony (1790). "Fasti Oxonienses". The History and Antiquities of the Colleges and Halls in the University of Oxford. Google Books. pp. 23–24. 
  5. ^ Diocese of Ottery St Mary. The Collegiate Church of Ottery St Mary Being the Ordinacio Et Statuta Ecclesie Sancte Marie De Otery Exon. Cambridge University Press. p. 45 (footnote). 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Thomas de Hereward
Archdeacon of Exeter
Succeeded by
William de Grandisson
Preceded by
Roger de Charlton
Archdeacon of Totnes
Succeeded by
Peter de Gildesburgh
Academic offices
Preceded by
William de Bergeveney
Chancellor of the University of Oxford
Succeeded by
William de Hawkesworth