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Saint William of York

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Saint William of York

  • Birth unknown
  • Death 8 Jun 1154
  • Burial York, York Unitary Authority, North Yorkshire, England
  • Memorial ID 8502030

Religious Figure. Born William Fitzherbert, the son of Count Herbert and Emma, half-sister of King Stephen. He was elected Archbishop of York in 1140 as King Stephen's candidate, but there was violent opposition to his election and he was accused of bribary and sexual misconduct. Pope Innocent cleared him of all charges and confirmed him as archbishop in 1143. He died in 1154 and many believed him to be a victim of poisoning. When it was reported that miracles were occuring at his tomb Pope Honorius III ordered an investigation into his life. He was canonised St. William of York in 1227. His feast day is 8th June. His coffin is a re-used Roman sarcophagus.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Bunny Boiler
  • Added: 13 Mar 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8502030
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Saint William of York (unknown–8 Jun 1154), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8502030, citing York Minster, York, York Unitary Authority, North Yorkshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .