William Riddell

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The Right Reverend
William Riddell
Vicar Apostolic of the Northern District
Church Roman Catholic Church
Appointed 11 August 1847
Term ended 2 November 1847
Predecessor Francis George Mostyn
Successor William Hogarth
Other posts Titular Bishop of Lagania
Orders
Ordination March 1830 (priest)
Consecration 17 March 1844 (bishop)
by John Briggs
Personal details
Born 5 February 1807
Felton Park, near Morpeth, Northumberland
Died 2 November 1847
Charlotte Street, Newcastle upon Tyne
Buried St Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle upon Tyne
Nationality English
Denomination Roman Catholic
Parents Ralph Riddell and Elizabeth Blount
Previous post Coadjutor to the Vicar Apostolic of the Northern District
Alma mater

William Riddell (1807–1847) was a Roman Catholic bishop who briefly served as the Vicar Apostolic of the Northern District of England in 1847.[1]

Early life and ministry[edit]

He was born at Felton Park, near Morpeth, Northumberland, England on 5 February 1807, the son of Ralph Riddell and Elizabeth Blount.[1][2] He began his education at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire on 21 September 1817, and then to the English College, Rome on 29 November 1823, where he completed his theological studies.[2] He was ordained a sub-deacon on 22 March 1828, a deacon in August 1829, and a priest in March 1830.[1][2] After leaving Rome for England on 1 August 1830, he had a brief period as secretary to Cardinal Weld.[2] In June 1832, he began as an assistant in the mission in Newcastle upon Tyne, and subsequently taking charge of the mission.[3]

Vicar Apostolic[edit]

He was appointed coadjutor to the Vicar Apostolic of the Northern District, Bishop Francis George Mostyn, on 22 December 1843.[1] On the same day, he was appointed Titular Bishop of Lagania, and was consecrated to the Episcopate by Bishop John Briggs on 17 March 1844.[1] On the death of Bishop Mostyn on 11 August 1847, Riddell briefly succeeded as Vicar Apostolic of the Northern District.[1]

He died in office at Charlotte Street, Newcastle upon Tyne on 2 November 1847, aged 40,[1] of typhus contracted while ministering to the victims of an epidemic, and is buried in the vaults of St Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle upon Tyne.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Bishop William Riddell". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Brady 1876, The Episcopal Succession, volume 3, p. 345.
  3. ^ Brady 1876, The Episcopal Succession, volume 3, pp. 345–346.
  4. ^ Brady 1876, The Episcopal Succession, volume 3, p. 346.

Bibliography[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Francis George Mostyn
Vicar Apostolic of the Northern District
August–November 1847
Succeeded by
William Hogarth