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Richard Bancroft
Birth: 1544
Cheshire, England
Death: Nov. 2, 1610
Greater London, England

Archbishop of Canterbury. He served in this position from November 1604 until his death. During his tenure as Archbishop, he served Queen Elizabeth I and after her death in March 1603, he served King James I, during which time he oversaw the production of the King James Bible. He received his early education at the Farnworth Grammar School and afterwards was educated at Cambridge, England, first at Christ's College and afterwards at Jesus College. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1567 and his Master of Arts Degree in 1570. He was ordained about that time and named chaplain to Richard Cox, then bishop of Ely, in Canterbury, England and in 1575 he became the rector of Teversham in Cambridgeshire, England. In 1580 he received his Bachelor of Divinity and 5 years later he obtained his Doctor of Divinity. In 1584 he became rector of St Andrew, Holborn, England and the following year he was appointed treasurer of St Paul's Cathedral in London, England, and in 1586 became a member of the ecclesiastical commission. On February 9, 1589 he preached a sermon at St Paul's Cathedral, the substance of which was a passionate attack on the Puritans. He described their speeches and proceedings, caricatured their motives, denounced the exercise of the right of private judgment, and set forth the divine right of bishops in such strong language that one of the queen's councilors considered it to be a threat against the supremacy of the Crown. In 1590 he became a prebendary of St Paul's; he had been canon of Westminster since 1587. He became chaplain successively to Lord Chancellor Hatton and Archbishop Whitgift and in June 1597, he was consecrated Bishop of London and was virtually invested with the power of primate, and had the sole management of ecclesiastical affairs. Among the more noteworthy cases which fell under his direction were the proceedings against "Martin Marprelate," Thomas Cartwright and his friends, and John Penry, whose "seditious writings" he caused to be intercepted and provided to the Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal. In November 1604 he became Archbishop of Canterbury, following the death of Archbishop John Whitgift in February 1604. In 1608 he was selected as Chancellor of the University of Oxford in Oxford, England. Prior to his death, he played an active role in the discussion about the consecration of certain Scottish bishops, and acting on his advice, they were consecrated by several bishops of the English Church, which laid the foundations of the Scottish Episcopal Church. He died at Lambeth Palace, the established residence for the Archbishop of Canterbury, at about the age of 66. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
St Mary Churchyard
London Borough of Lambeth
Greater London, England
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