Richard Roskell

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Bishop Richard Butler Roskell was Bishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nottingham and Titular Bishop of Abdera.

Born on 15 August 1817 at Gateacre, near Liverpool, he was ordained a priest on 9 June 1840, aged 22. The principal consecrator was Nicholas Wiseman, who would become the first Cardinal Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Westminster in 1850 when the Roman Catholic hierarchy was re-established in England and Wales.

On 29 July 1853, aged 36, he was appointed Bishop of Nottingham and ordained as Bishop on 21 September 1853.

On 5 July 1875, aged 57, he resigned as Bishop of Nottingham and was appointed Titular Bishop of Abdera. He died on 27 January 1883, aged 65.[1]

The episcopal motto Roskell chose was: Ros coeli, (Heaven's dew), a reminder of the Latin hymn Rorate coeli , but moreover an allusion to his own last name: Ros-kell.[2]

He was a priest for 42 years and a bishop for 29 years.


  1. ^ "Death of Bishop Roskell". Derby Daily Telegraph. British Newspaper Archive. 29 January 1883. (subscription required (help)). 
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