William Markham (bishop)

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For the noted Atlantan, see William Markham; for the Pennsylvania colonial official, see William Markham (Governor).
The Most Reverend and Right Honourable
William Markham
Archbishop of York
William Markham by Benjamin West.jpg
Contemporary portrait by Benjamin West.
Province Province of York
Diocese Diocese of York
In office 17 January 1777 (conf.)–1807 (death)
Predecessor Robert Hay Drummond
Successor Edward Venables-Vernon-Harcourt
Other posts Lord High Almoner (1777–1807)
Dean of Rochester (20 February 1765 {instit.}–October 1767)
Dean of Christ Church (October 1767 {exch.}–1777)
Bishop of Chester (February 1771 {conf.}–1777)
Personal details
Born 1719
Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland
Died 3 November 1807(1807-11-03) (aged 88)
Mayfair, Middlesex, England
Buried 11 November 1807, Westminster Abbey
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Residence South Audley Street, Mayfair (at death)
Parents Major William Markham & Elizabeth née Markham
Spouse Sarah née Goddard, 16 June 1759 (m.)–1807 (his d.)
Children 6 sons (inc. John, Very Revd George & William) & 7 daughters
Education Westminster School
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford

William Markham (1719–3 November 1807), English divine and Archbishop of York, was educated at Westminster and at Christ Church, Oxford.

He was one of the best scholars of his day, and attained to the headship of his old school and college in 1753 and 1767 respectively. Between those headships, he held the deanery of Rochester 1765–1767. He held from time to time a number of livings, and in 1771 was made bishop of Chester and tutor to the Prince of Wales (later George IV). In 1776 he became Archbishop of York, and also Lord High Almoner and privy councillor.

Memorial to Archbishop William Markham in York Minster.

He was a fierce critic of pamphleteer Richard Price concerning the American rebellion. He was for some time a close friend of Edmund Burke, but his strong championship of Warren Hastings caused a breach. He was accused by Lord Chatham of preaching pernicious doctrines, and was a victim of the Gordon Riots in 1780.

He married Sarah, the daughter of John Goddard, a wealthy English merchant of Rotterdam, with whom he had six sons and seven daughters. Of his sons John was an eminent Naval officer, George was Dean of York from 1802 to 1822 and William was Private Secretary to Warren Hastings and built Becca Hall in Aberford.

Bishop Markham was also the person who composed the Latin memorial for George Berkeley, the famous philosopher.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ordination Record: Markham, William in "CCEd, the Clergy of the Church of England database" (Accessed online, 31 October 2014)
  2. ^ Appointment Record: Markham, William (at Chester) in "CCEd, the Clergy of the Church of England database" (Accessed online, 31 October 2014)
  3. ^ Collected Works of George Berkeley, 1951, Thomas Nelson Press, editor A.A. Luce, vol. VII p.385


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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Edmund Keene
Bishop of Chester
Succeeded by
Beilby Porteus
Preceded by
Robert Hay Drummond
Archbishop of York
Succeeded by
Edward Venables-Vernon-Harcourt