William Overton (bishop)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

William Overton (c. 1525– 9 April 1609) was an English bishop.


He was born in Clerkenwell, Middlesex, England.

He became a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1551, and rector of Balcombe and vicar of Eccleshall in 1553.[1] He was also made a prebendary at Chichester, Winchester, and Salisbury. He became Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield in 1580, and remained there until his death in 1609.[2] He was responsible for introducing glassmaking, importing artisans from Lorraine.[3]

He married Margaret Barlow (1533 - 1601), daughter of Bishop William Barlow and Agatha (Wellesbourne) Barlow, and they had Susan (Barlow) Playsted and Valentine Barlow (1565 - 1646).[citation needed]

He is buried in Holy Trinity Church, Eccleshall.[4]

Further reading[edit]

  • Russell Fox (1982), William Overton and Glassmaking in Buriton


  1. ^ Concise Dictionary of National Biography
  2. ^ "Bishops | British History Online". British-history.ac.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-13. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Holy Trinity Church, Eccleshall". Thepotteries.org. 1975-12-03. Retrieved 2016-05-13. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Thomas Bentham
Bishop of Lichfield
Succeeded by
George Abbot