William Chaderton

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William Chaderton

Bishop of Lincoln
Bp William Chaderton.jpg
DioceseDiocese of Lincoln
In office1595–1608 (death)
PredecessorWilliam Wickham
SuccessorWilliam Barlow
Other postsBishop of Chester (1579–1595)
Personal details
Bornc. 1540
Moston, Manchester[1]
Died(1608-04-11)11 April 1608
Southoe, Cambridgeshire[1]
SpouseKatherine Revell[1]
Alma materPembroke College, Cambridge
Christ's College, Cambridge[1]
Arms: Quarterly 1st and 4th Gules a cross potent Or 2nd and 3rd Argent a chevron between three crampirons Gules.[2]

William Chaderton[3] (c.1540 – 11 April 1608) was an English academic and bishop. He also served as Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity.[4]

He was born in Moston, Lancashire, what is now a part of the city of Manchester. After attending The King's School, Chester,[5] he matriculated at Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1555, and graduated M.A. at Christ's College, Cambridge in 1561.[6][7]

He was Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge in 1569, and President of Queens' College, Cambridge from 1568 to 1579.[8] He was Rector of Holywell, Huntingdonshire in 1570.[9] He was Bishop of Chester from 1579 to 1595.[10] He was then Bishop of Lincoln from 1595 to 1608.[11]

He was also Warden of Manchester College, where he was succeeded by John Dee.


Elizabeth Jocelin (née Brooke), author of The Mothers Legacie, To her Unborne Childe (1624), was his granddaughter.[12] After his granddaughter's parents separated, and her mother returned home, Bishop Chaderton was mainly responsible for her upbringing. Elizabeth's childhood was therefore passed in the house of Bishop Chaderton, who educated her. She was extremely well versed in art, religion and language.


  1. ^ a b c d Venables, Edmund (1887). "Chaderton, William" . In Stephen, Leslie (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 9. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  2. ^ "The Armorial Bearings of the Bishops of Chester". Cheshire Heraldry Society. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  3. ^ Chadderton, Chatterton.
  4. ^ "Chaderton or Chatterton, William (CHDN555W)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  5. ^ "Inspirational Alumni Members". The King's School Chester. Archived from the original on 15 December 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
  6. ^ Concise Dictionary of National Biography
  7. ^ Bardsley, Charles Wareing Endell (1967). A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. ISBN 9780806300221.
  8. ^ Queens' College Cambridge - Fellows & Presidents 1448-1599 Archived 10 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Parishes - Holywell with Needingworth | British History Online
  10. ^ Bishops of Chester
  11. ^ Bishops of Lincoln
  12. ^ The bishop immediately settled these manors, rents, etc., held of the king in chief, on himself and his wife Katherine during her widowhood, with remainder to his daughter Joan Brooke, wife of Sir Richard Brooke, and her heirs male. Joan Brooke died before the bishop (d. 1608) and her daughter Elizabeth, wife of William Sandes, succeeded to her grandfather's estate. She is said to have married Tyrrell Jocelyn of Holywell,[...]. From: 'Parishes: Southoe', A History of the County of Huntingdonshire: Volume 2 (1932), pp. 346-54. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=42513. Date accessed: 24 July 2007.
Academic offices
Preceded by
John Whitgift
Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge
Succeeded by
William Whitaker
Preceded by
John Stokes
President of Queens' College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Humphrey Tyndall
Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Downham
Bishop of Chester
Succeeded by
Hugh Bellot
Preceded by
William Wickham
Bishop of Lincoln
Succeeded by
William Barlow