Richard Beadon

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Richard Beadon

Bishop of Bath and Wells
Richard Beadon Abbott.jpg
Richard Beadon by Lemuel Francis Abbott
Diocese Diocese of Bath and Wells
In office1802–1824
Predecessor Charles Moss
Successor George Henry Law
Other post(s) Bishop of Gloucester (1789–1802)
Personal details
Born(1737-04-15)15 April 1737
Died21 April 1824(1824-04-21) (aged 87)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Education Blundell's School
Alma mater St John's College, Cambridge

Richard Beadon (15 April 1737 – 21 April 1824) was Master of Jesus College, Cambridge 1781–1789 and later Vice-Chancellor of the University, Bishop of Gloucester and Bishop of Bath and Wells.



Beadon was born at Pinkworthy in Devon, son of the Rev. Robert Beadon, Rector of Oakford. He was educated at Blundell's School and admitted to St John's College, Cambridge in 1754. He was eighth Wrangler and Senior Chancellor's Medallist in 1758. [1]

He married Rachel, granddaughter of Bishop Gooch, of Ely, and had one son, Richard. He was also the uncle of Frederick Beadon.

It is said he was admirable both as Master and Vice-Chancellor, and a very handsome man. His portrait survives in the College.


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  1. "Beadon, Richard (BDN754R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
Academic offices
Preceded by Cambridge University Orator
Succeeded by
Preceded by Master of Jesus College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Church of England titles
Preceded by Bishop of Gloucester
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Bath and Wells
Succeeded by