John Lake (bishop)

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John Lake

Bishop of Chichester
Portrait by Mary Beale
Diocese Diocese of Chichester
In office1685–1689
Predecessor Guy Carleton
Successor Simon Patrick
Other post(s) Bishop of Sodor and Man (1682–1684)
Bishop of Bristol (1684–1685)
Personal details
Bornbaptized (1624-12-05)5 December 1624
Died30 August 1689(1689-08-30) (aged 64)
Buried St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Alma mater St John's College, Cambridge

John Lake (1624 – 30 August 1689) was a 17th-century Bishop of Sodor and Man, Bishop of Bristol and Bishop of Chichester in the British Isles.



He was born in Halifax in the West Riding of Yorkshire and educated at St John's College, Cambridge, [1] where he was tutored by the poet John Cleveland, whose biography he later wrote and whose works he edited and published. He graduated B.A. in 1642.

Lake was an ardent Royalist and fought valiantly for King Charles I at Basing House and Wallingford.

On leaving the army, Lake entered the Church. He was ordained in 1647, and graduated D.D. (litterae regiae) at Cambridge in 1661. He held the following livings:

Lake was appointed Bishop of Sodor and Man on 7 January 1683. He was translated to Bristol on 12 August 1684 and to Chichester on 19 October 1685. He was one of the Seven Bishops who opposed the Declaration of Indulgence and were imprisoned by King James II. However, during the Glorious Revolution, he voted for a regency for the Kings's son. He refused to accept William and Mary and was suspended from office on 1 August 1689. Lake died on 30 August following.

Bishop Lake, from a portrait of the "Seven Bishops". JohnLakeBishop.jpg
Bishop Lake, from a portrait of the "Seven Bishops".

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  1. "Lake, John (LK637J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
Church of England titles
Preceded by Bishop of Sodor and Man
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Bristol
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Chichester
Succeeded by