Richard Roskell

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Bishop Richard Butler Roskell (15 August 1817 – 27 January 1883) was the second Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nottingham.

Born at Gateacre, near Liverpool, he was ordained a priest on 9 June 1840, aged 22, by Bishop Nicholas Wiseman, then Coadjutor Vicar Apostolic of the Midland District.

On 29 July 1853, aged 36, he was appointed Bishop of Nottingham and ordained as Bishop on 21 September 1853. The principal consecrator was again Nicholas Wiseman, by then Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster.

On 5 July 1875, aged 57, he resigned as Bishop of Nottingham and was appointed Titular Bishop of Abdera. He died at the age of 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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