William Finch (bishop)

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William Finch was appointed Bishop of Taunton under the provisions of the Suffragan Bishops Act 1534 in 1538, [1] a post he held to his death in 1559. [2] He had previously been Prior of Breamore [3] before his elevation to the Episcopate. He was additionally the incumbent at West Camel from 1536. [4]

The Bishop of Taunton is an episcopal title used by a suffragan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Bath and Wells, in the Province of Canterbury, England. The title was first created under the Suffragan Bishops Act 1534 and takes its name after Taunton, the county town of Somerset.

Suffragan Bishops Act 1534

The Suffragan Bishops Act 1534 is an Act of the Parliament of England that authorised the appointment of suffragan bishops in England and Wales. The tradition of appointing suffragans named after a town in the diocese other than the town the diocesan bishop is named after can be dated from this act.

Prior Ecclesiastical title

Prior, derived from the Latin for "earlier, first", is an ecclesiastical title for a superior, usually lower in rank than an abbot or abbess. Its earlier generic usage referred to any monastic superior.

Notes

  1. Glanmor Williams, ‘Barlow , William (d. 1568)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, May 2006 accessed 6 Dec 2008
  2. "Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533-1603; Church of England; Great Britain- Church history" Lee,F.G: London : W.H. Allen, 1880
  3. Breamore Parish Council Web Site
  4. 'Parishes: West Camel', A History of the County of Somerset: Volume 3 (1974), pp. 71-81. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=66489 Date accessed: 6 December 2008.


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