John Hume (bishop)

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John Hume

Bishop of Salisbury
John Hume Bp of Oxford.jpg
Diocese Salisbury
In office1766–1782
Predecessor John Thomas
Successor Shute Barrington
Other post(s) Bishop of Bristol (1756–1758)
Bishop of Oxford (1758–1766)
Dean of St Paul's (1758–1766)
Personal details
Died(1782-06-26)26 June 1782
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Lady Mary Hay
(m. 1758)
Alma mater Merton College, Oxford
Corpus Christi College, Oxford

John Hume DD (c.170326 June 1782) was an English bishop.


Early life and education

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Memorial to Bishop Hume in Salisbury Cathedral

John Hume was the son of Rev. William Hume (1651-1714) of Milton, Devon, and his wife Jane Robertson (d. 1733). [1] [2] Hume matriculated at Merton College, Oxford on 31 March 1721, aged 15. He migrated to Corpus Christi College, Oxford, graduating B.A. 1724, M.A. 1727, B.D. & D.D. 1743. [3]


He became a Canon of Westminster (28 June 1742 – 1748) [4] and a Canon of St Paul's Cathedral (30 March 1748 – 1766). [5]

He was rector of Barnes, London from 1749 to 1758; he was appointed Bishop of Bristol in 1756. [6] In 1758 he became Bishop of Oxford and Dean of St Paul's, and in 1766 Bishop of Salisbury and ex officio Chancellor of the Order of the Garter. [7]

He died on 26 June 1782 and was buried in Salisbury Cathedral on 6 July 1782. [8] The monument was sculpted by William Osmond. [9]


He married twice. His first wife Ann died in 1757 without children. His second wife, Lady Mary Hay (d.1805), youngest daughter of George Hay, 8th Earl of Kinnoull. [10] By his second wife he had three daughters.

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  1. Foster, Joseph (1888–1892). "Hume, John (1)"  . Alumni Oxonienses: the Members of the University of Oxford, 1715–1886 . Oxford: Parker and Co via Wikisource.
  2. "Hume & Home Genealogy". Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  3. Foster, Joseph. "Hume, John (1)"  . Alumni Oxonienses  via Wikisource.
  4. Horn, Joyce M. (1992), Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541–1857, vol. 7, pp. 83–97
  5. Horn, Joyce M. (1969), Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541–1857, vol. 1, pp. 61–63
  6. The Environs of London: Volume 1, County of Surrey; Appendix: Additions and corrections (pages 541–572) at British History Online
  7. "The bishops of Oxford". Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  8. Grave of John Hume in Salisbury Cathedral
  9. Dictionary of British Sculptors 1660-1851 by Rupert Gunnis p.285
  10. James Balfour Paul (1908). The Scots Peerage. D. Douglas. p. 234.
Church of England titles
Preceded by Bishop of Bristol
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Oxford
Succeeded by
Dean of St Paul's
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Salisbury
Succeeded by