Richard Mayew

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Richard Mayew (1439/40–1516), also written Mayo, was an English academic, who became Bishop of Hereford (1504 to 1516)[1] and a diplomat for Henry VII of England.

Mayew was born in Hungerford, Berkshire, England. He was President of Magdalen College, Oxford, from 1480 to 1507;[2] previously he had been a Fellow of New College, Oxford, and was brought in by William Waynflete.[3] He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford in 1484–5, and Chancellor of the University of Oxford in 1502.

He was collated Archdeacon of Oxford in 1493 and Archdeacon of the East Riding in 1501 and was elevated to the bishopric of Hereford and the position of Lord Almoner in 1504.[4] In 1501 he was one of the party who brought Catherine of Aragon from Spain for her marriage to Prince Arthur, a mission commemorated in tapestries.[5]

Mayew was buried at Hereford Cathedral.[6]


  1. ^ Bishops, British History Online.
  2. ^ The 42 presidents, Magdalen College, Oxford, UK.
  3. ^ William Waynflete, Encyclopedia Britannica, 1911.
  4. ^ Athenæ Oxonienses an Exact History of All the Writers and Bishops ..., Volume 1. p. 559. 
  5. ^ Gardiner, Rena. "The Story of Magdalen College, Oxford". Magdalen College, Oxford. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Richard Mayo". Find A Grave. Retrieved 19 July 2012. [unreliable source?]
Academic offices
Preceded by
William Tybard
President of Magdalen College, Oxford
Succeeded by
John Claymond
Preceded by
Robert Wrangwais, William Sutton
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford
Succeeded by
John Taylor
Preceded by
William Smyth
Chancellor of the University of Oxford
Succeeded by
William Warham
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Adriano Castellesi
Bishop of Hereford
Succeeded by
Charles Booth