Robert Aldrich (bishop)

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Robert Aldrich or Aldridge (died March 1555) was Bishop of Carlisle in the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI and Mary.

Richard Aldrich was born at Burnham, Buckinghamshire, and educated at Eton and Cambridge.[1]

In 1534 he was appointed Canon of the tenth stall at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, a position he held until 1537.[2]

He was consecrated bishop of Carlisle on 18 July 1537. He became in 1534 register of the order of the Garter, in the room of Dr. Richard Sydnor, archdeacon of Totnes. He was praised by Erasmus, while he was a fellow of King's College, as a young man of eloquence; and Leland, the antiquary, who was his friend, has celebrated him in a copy of Latin verses. He was both master and provost of Eton; but in 1529 he retired to Oxford and was incorporated B.D. and afterwards proceeded D.D. in that university[citation needed]. He died in 1555 at Horncastle in Lincolnshire.


His principal works are the following.

  • Epistola ad Gwielmum Hormannum
  • Epigrammata varia
  • Several Resolutions concerning the Sacraments
  • Answers to certain Queries concerning the Abuses of the Mass


  1. ^ "Aldrich, Robert (ALDC507R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ 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
John Kite
Bishop of Carlisle
Succeeded by
Owen Oglethorpe