William May (theologian)

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William May (died 1560), also known as William Meye, was an English cleric. He was nominated Archbishop of York in 1560, but died before election.

William May was the brother of John May, bishop of Carlisle. He was educated at Cambridge, where he was a fellow of Trinity Hall, and in 1537, president of Queens' College.[1] May heartily supported the Reformation, signed the Ten Articles in 1536, and helped in the production of The Institution of a Christian Man. He had close connection with the diocese of Ely, being successively chancellor, vicar-general and prebendary. In 1545 he was made a prebendary of St Paul's Cathedral, and, in the following year, dean.

His favorable report on the Cambridge colleges saved them from dissolution. He was dispossessed during the reign of Queen Mary, but restored to the deanery on Elizabeth's accession. He died on the day he was elected Archbishop of York.


  1. ^ "May, William (MY525W)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Simon Heynes
President of Queens' College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
William Glynn
Preceded by
Thomas Pecocke
President of Queens' College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
John Stokes