He was the third son of Sir John Whiddon (died 1576), of Whiddon in the parish of Chagford, Devon, a Justice of the King's Bench. His mother was Sir John's second wife Elizabeth Shilston, a daughter and co-heiress of William Shilston.
He graduated from Oxford University B.A. in 1560/1 and M.A. in 1563 and was a fellow of Exeter College in October and November, 1573. He was appointed a Canon of Exeter 1567 and Archdeacon of Totnes from 1568 to 1580. He was rector of North Bovey 1562, of Combinteignhead 1572 and of Haccombe, 1575, and of Yoxall, Staffordshire. 
- Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, p.781, pedigree of Whiddon of Chagford
- Bridges, W.B; Wright, W.H.K; Rattenbury, J; Shebbeare, R; Thomas, C; Fothergill, H.G Tiverton, Some account of the barony and town of Okehampton: Its antiquities and institutions. W. Masland, 1889.[page needed]
- Pevsner, Nikolaus & Cherry, Bridget, The Buildings of England: Devon, London, 2004, p.251
- "Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714". British Library Online. Retrieved 2012-05-21.
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