Charles Fotherby

Last updated

Charles Fotherby (c. 1549 1619) was a Church of England clergyman who became Dean of Canterbury (1615–1619). [1]



Tomb of Dean Charles Fotherby in Canterbury Cathedral Tomb of Dean Fotherby, Canterbury Cathedral (12559727104).jpg
Tomb of Dean Charles Fotherby in Canterbury Cathedral

Fotherby's date of birth is not recorded but he is stated to have been 70 when he died. His father was Martin Fotherby of Great Grimsby in Lincolnshire. [2] [3] His younger brother, Dr Martin Fotherby (c.1560-1620), was also a prebendary of Canterbury, and later bishop of Salisbury.

He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge (sizar 1573, scholar 1575, B.A. 1576/77, M.A. 1580, B.D. 1587). He became a fellow of Trinity in 1579. [2] He was vicar of several Kentish parishes and became Archdeacon of Canterbury and a prebendary of the Canterbury Cathedral in 1595 and Dean of Canterbury in 1615.

He married Cecilia Walker of Cambridge, by whom he had ten children, but only his eldest son, John, and four daughters survived him. [4]

He died in 1619 and was buried in the Lady Chapel at Canterbury Cathedral. His monument is described as 'a bone-encrusted tomb-chest [which] is a fine example of that obsessive early seventeenth-century morbidity which repelled later, more squeamish observers'. [5]

As Dean, he is recorded as reinvigorating the musical life of the Cathedral. [6]


1587–1592Vicar of Chislet (Kent)Venn, p. 165
1587Vicar of Deal (Kent)Venn, p. 165
1592–1619Vicar of Aldington (Kent)Venn, p. 165
1595–1600Vicar of Teynham (Kent)Venn, p. 165
1595–1619 Archdeacon of Canterbury Fasti, III, iii. 15
1595–1615Canon of 4th prebend, Canterbury CathedralFasti, III, iii. 23
1600–1619Rector of Bishopsbourne (Kent)Venn, p. 165
1615–1619 Dean of Canterbury Fasti, III, iii. 12

Related Research Articles

Gilbert Sheldon

Gilbert Sheldon was the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1663 until his death.

Thomas Nevile

Thomas Nevile was an English clergyman and academic who was Dean of Peterborough (1591–1597) and Dean of Canterbury (1597–1615), Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge (1582–1593), and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge (1593–1615).

Dean of Canterbury

The Dean of Canterbury is the head of the Chapter of the Cathedral of Christ Church, Canterbury, England. The current office of dean originated after the English Reformation, although Deans had also existed before this time; its immediate precursor office was the prior of the cathedral-monastery. As of 2021, the Dean is Robert Willis, who was appointed in 2001 and is the 39th Dean since the Reformation, though the position of Dean and Prior as the religious head of the community is almost identical so the line is unbroken back to the time of the foundation of the community by Saint Augustine in AD 597.

Lawrence Booth 15th-century Archbishop of York and Chancellor of England

Lawrence Booth served as Prince-Bishop of Durham and Lord Chancellor of England, before being appointed Archbishop of York.

William Rowe Lyall was an English churchman, Dean of Canterbury from 1845 to 1857.

Prior of Christ Church

The Prior of Christ Church was the prior of Christ Church Cathedral Priory in Canterbury, attached to Canterbury Cathedral.

Richard Nykke was bishop of Norwich, the last Roman Catholic to hold the post before the Henrician reform. Described as "ultra-conservative", but also "much-respected", he maintained an independent line and was embroiled in conflict until blind and in his last years. He is often called the last Catholic bishop of the diocese, but that title is also claimed by John Hopton, bishop under Mary I of England. Norwich at this time was the second-largest conurbation in England, after London.

Benjamin Lany British bishop

Benjamin Lany was an English academic and bishop.

Martin Fotherby English clergyman

Martin Fotherby was an English clergyman, who became Bishop of Salisbury.

Isaac Bargrave

Isaac Bargrave was an English royalist churchman, Dean of Canterbury from 1625 to 1643.

George Aglionby (c.1603–1643) was an English Royalist churchman, nominated in 1643 as Dean of Canterbury. He was a member of the Great Tew intellectual circle around Lucius Cary, and a friend and correspondent of Thomas Hobbes.

Benjamin Harrison (priest)

Benjamin Harrison (1808–1887) was an Anglican clergyman and ecclesiastical administrator. His father was Benjamin Harrison, Treasurer of Guy's Hospital.

The Venerable Thomas Ball was the son of Lawrence Ball, of Eccleston, Lancashire, and a Church of England clergyman.

James Hargraves or Hargrave (1690–1741) was an English Anglican divine who became the Dean of Chichester Cathedral in 1739.

Anthony Martin was an Anglican priest in Ireland during the first half of the 17th-century.

Francis Newton was an English clergyman who served as Dean of the Winchester Cathedral from 1565 until his death in 1572.

The Hon Edward Townshend, D.D. was an Anglican Dean in the eighteenth century.

Samuel Freeman, DD was dean of Peterborough from 1691 until his death.

John Howorth, D.D. was a 17th-century priest and academic.

Arthur Pomeroy, D.D. was an 18th-century Anglican priest in Ireland.


  1. Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae, Series 1541-1857, III, iii. 12
  2. 1 2 Venn, John; Venn, J.A., eds. (1922). "Fotherby, Charles". Alumni Cantabrigienses (Part 1). Vol. 2. Cambridge University Press. p. 165 via Internet Archive.
  3. "Fotherby, Charles (FTRY573C)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  4. J. Meadows Cowper, The lives of the deans of Canterbury, 1541 to 1900. Canterbury: Cross & Jackman, 1900, p. 67.
  5. A History of Canterbury Cathedral, ed. P. Collinson, N. Ramsay, M. Sparks. (OUP 1995, revised edition 2002) 521.
  6. A History of Canterbury Cathedral, ed. P. Collinson, N. Ramsay, M. Sparks. (OUP 1995, revised edition 2002) 441.
Church of England titles
Preceded by Dean of Canterbury
Succeeded by