William Atwater (bishop)

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William Atwater (1440–1521) was an English churchman, who became Bishop of Lincoln in 1514[1]

He was a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, from 1480. He served as Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University, in the period from 1497 to 1502.[2]

He became vicar of Cumnor in 1495.[3] He became Dean of the Chapel Royal, in 1502.[4] He was Chancellor of Lincoln from 1506 to 1512.[5]


  • Concise Dictionary of National Biography
  • Margaret Bowker (1968), The Secular Clergy in the Diocese of Lincoln, 1495 to 1520
  • A. Hamilton Thompson (editor) (1940), Visitations in the Diocese of Lincoln 1517-1531. Vol I. Visitations of Rural Deaneries by William Atwater…1517-1520. (Publications of the Lincoln Record Society, Vol. 33.)


Academic offices
Preceded by
Robert Smith
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford
Succeeded by
John Thornden or Thornton, John Kynton, Simon Grene alias Fotherby
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Thomas Wolsey
Bishop of Lincoln
Succeeded by
John Longland