Richard Osbaldeston

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Richard Osbaldeston
Bishop of London
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Bishop Osbaldeston by Thomas Hudson
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of London
Term ended1764 (death)
Predecessor Thomas Hayter
Successor Richard Terrick
Other post(s) Bishop of Carlisle
Consecrationc. 1747
Personal details
Born(1691-01-06)6 January 1691
Died15 May 1764(1764-05-15) (aged 73)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Profession Tutor
Alma mater St John's College, Cambridge

Richard Osbaldeston (6 January 1691 – 15 May 1764) was a Church of England clergyman, Bishop of Carlisle from 1747 to 1762 and Bishop of London from 1762 to 1764.



Osbaldeston was born at Hunmanby, Yorkshire on 6 January 1690/1, [1] the second son of Sir Richard Osbaldeston and his second wife Elizabeth, daughter of John Fountayne of Melton, Yorkshire. [2] Sir Richard was the head of the Yorkshire branch of an old Lancashire family. The younger Richard's grandfather was William Osbaldeston MP ; his great-grandfather was Sir Richard Osbaldeston, Attorney-General for Ireland; two of his brothers (William and Fountayne) went on to serve as MP for Scarborough, their grandfather's former constituency. Through his paternal grandmother Anne Wentworth, he was related to Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, Lord Deputy of Ireland, with whom the Attorney-General had been closely associated.

He was educated at Beverley Grammar School, and matriculated at St John's College, Cambridge in 1707, graduating B.A. 1711, M.A. 1714, D.D. 1726. He was a Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge 1714–1717. [1]

He was a chaplain to Kings George I and George II, and a tutor to King George III. In the church, he held the following positions: [1]

He became Bishop of Carlisle in 1747. He was mostly non-resident in Carlisle, and neglected the diocese, leaving Carlisle Cathedral and the bishop's residence Rose Castle in disarray. He was not highly regarded as a bishop, but he was translated to London in 1762, "to nobody's joy that I know of" according to Richard Hurd, while Archbishop Thomas Secker considered him "in every way unequal to the situation". As Bishop of London, he objected to a plan to commemorate a former lord mayor with a statue in St Paul's Cathedral, despite Archbishop Secker's approval, on the grounds that such monuments were not part of Christopher Wren's design. [2]

He was a patron of John Jortin. [3]


  1. 1 2 3 "Osbaldeston, Richard (OSBN707R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. 1 2 Venables, Edmund (1895). "Osbaldeston, Richard"  . In Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography . Vol. 42. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  3. Concise Dictionary of National Biography
Church of England titles
Preceded by Dean of York
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Carlisle
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of London
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