Ralph Brideoake

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Ralph Brideoake (1612/13–1678) was an English clergyman, who became Bishop of Chichester.

Born in Cheetham Hill, Manchester, Lancashire and baptised on 31 January 1612 (NS 1613) at the Collegiate Church, Manchester,[1] Brideoake graduated from Brasenose College, Oxford with a BA in 1634, and made a MA by Charles I of England in 1636. During the 1630s, Brideoake attempted to write poetry.

Beginning in 1638, Brideoake was High Master at Manchester Free School,[2] but lost the position because of his Royalist affiliation. He became chaplain to James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby, a Royalist leader, and was besieged at Lathom House with Stanley's family in 1644.[3] He interceded, unsuccessfully, with William Lenthall, Speaker of Parliament, for a stay of the execution of the captured Earl, in 1651.[4] Brideoake then became chaplain to Lenthall.

Brideoake was Vicar of Witney,[5] from 1654.[6] On the Restoration, he became Rector of Standish in 1660, Dean of Salisbury in 1667,[7] and Bishop of Chichester in 1675.[8] In 1660 he was appointed Canon of the eleventh stall at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, a position he held until 1678.[9] He died on 5 October 1678 and is buried in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

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  1. ^ Baptisms at the Cathedral in the Parish of Manchester. OnLine Parish Clerks for the County of Lancashire. Retrieved 28 December 2008.
  2. ^ The Manchester Grammar School - High Masters. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
  3. ^ Chronology for the Salford Hundred: 1678. Retrieved 28 December 2008.
  4. ^ Lathom, Knowsley and the Stanleys. Retrieved 28 December 2008.
  5. ^ Witney Borough: Introduction. by Simon Townley. Retrieved 28 December 2008.
  6. ^ Concise Dictionary of National Biography
  7. ^ Deans of Salisbury, 1536–1880. British History Online. Retrieved 28 December 2008.
  8. ^ Bishops of Chichester, 1536–1870. British History Online. Retrieved 28 December 2008.
  9. ^ Fasti Wyndesorienses, May 1950. S.L. Ollard. Published by the Dean and Canons of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Peter Gunning
Bishop of Chichester
1675–1678
Succeeded by
Guy Carleton