Famous British Priests

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Thomas Wolsey
(English Statesman, Catholic Bishop and Almoner of Henry VIII)
Thomas Wolsey
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Birthdate: 1473
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ipswich, United Kingdom
Died: November 29, 1530
Thomas Wolsey was an archbishop and a cardinal of the Catholic Church, who was made King Henry VIII’s chief advisor, or the Lord Chancellor. He failed to negotiate an annulment of the king’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon, and thus lost his titles. He was eventually charged with treason.
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John Newton
(British Sailor and Anglican Clergyman)
John Newton
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Birthdate: July 24, 1725
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wapping, London
Died: December 21, 1807

John Newton was an English Anglican cleric. As a young man, he was forcefully recruited into the navy and worked on slave ships in the slave trade for several years. He later converted to Christianity, following which he denounced slavery and became an abolitionist. He was then ordained as a Church of England cleric. 

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John Henry Newman
(Theologian and Philosopher)
John Henry Newman
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Birthdate: February 21, 1801
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom
Died: August 11, 1890

An important figure in the English religious history, John Henry Newman was a nineteenth century theologian, scholar and poet. Famed for leading the Oxford movement in the Church of England, he later switched to the Roman Catholic Church, eventually becoming the Cardinal Deacon of St. George in Velabro.  Also an influential educator and writer, he was canonized in October 2019.

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Pope Adrian IV
(Former Head of the Catholic Church and Ruler of the Papal States)
Pope Adrian IV
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Birthdate: 1100 AD
Birthplace: Abbot’s Langley, England
Died: September 1, 1159

Pope Adrian IV was the only Englishman to have served as the pope. Initially aspiring to study law, he later began his spiritual journey by joining the abbey of St Ruf. His reign as the pope lasted a little more than 4 years but was plagued by crisis and controversy.

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N. T. Wright
(New Testament Scholar, Pauline Theologian and Anglican Bishop)
N. T. Wright
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Birthdate: December 1, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Morpeth, England

N. T. Wright is an English New Testament scholar. Also a Pauline theologian and Anglican bishop, he served as the bishop of Durham from 2003 to 2010. He calls for a biblical re-evaluation of theological matters and has authored several books and seminars about theology and Christian life. He is highly regarded in academic and theological circles. 

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Robert Runcie
(Archbishop of Canterbury from 1980 to 1991)
Robert Runcie
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Birthdate: October 2, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Birkenhead, England
Died: July 11, 2000

Robert Runcie was born to middle-class parents, and had been part of the Scots Guards during World War II. He later became the bishop of St. Albans, before taking over as the archbishop of Canterbury. A life peer, he had also penned works such as One Light for One World.

Oswald of Northumbria
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Birthdate: 0604 AD
Birthplace: Deira, England
Died: August 5, 0642

Anglo Saxon king Oswald of Northumbria, son of King Aethelfrith, was the first to build Celtic Christian missionaries in his kingdom. He and his brother had converted to Christianity after being expelled from Northumbria by their uncle, King Edwin. Oswald was eventually killed by pagan king Penda.

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Alcuin
(Scholar, Clergyman and Poet)
Alcuin
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Birthdate: 0735 AD
Birthplace: York, England
Died: May 19, 0804

Eighth-century Anglo-Latin poet and cleric Alcuin served as the head of the Palatine school, established by Charlemagne. A significant figure of the Carolingian Renaissance, he introduced English learning methods into Frankish schools and reformed Roman Catholicism. He also wrote extensively on education, philosophy, and theology.

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Charles Freer Andrews
(Anglican Priest, Christian Missionary, Educator and Social Reformer)
Charles Freer Andrews
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Birthdate: February 12, 1871
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: England, United Kingdom
Died: April 5, 1940

Charles Freer Andrews was a Christian missionary and Anglican priest. He was also an educator and social reformer. A close friend of Indian freedom fighters Rabindranath Tagore and Mahatma Gandhi, he supported the Indian struggle for independence. Gandhi fondly called him Deenabandhu, or "Friend of the Poor". Even today, Andrews is widely respected in India. 

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Margery Kempe
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Birthdate: 1373 AD
Birthplace: Bishop's Lynn, Norfolk, England
Died: 1438 AD

Margery Kempe was an English Christian mystic. She is credited with dictating The Book of Margery Kempe, a literary work regarded by some as the first autobiography in the English language. She made extensive pilgrimages to holy cities and had mystical conversations with God. Even though she was never named a Catholic saint, she is honored in the Anglican Communion.  

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Swithin
(Saint)
Swithin
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Birthdate: 0800 AD
Birthplace: Hampshire, England
Died: July 2, 0863

Swithin was an Anglo-Saxon bishop of Winchester in the 9th century. He subsequently became the patron saint of Winchester Cathedral. According to Christian traditions, he is recorded as a witness to nine charters. More than a century after his death, he was adopted as patron of the restored church at Winchester. Several miracles are attributed to him.

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Bede
(English Monk at the Monastery of St. Peter, Best Known for His Work 'Ecclesiastical History of the English People')
Bede
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Birthdate: 0673 AD
Birthplace: Jarrow, England
Died: May 26, 0735

Best known for his Ecclesiastical History of the English People, The Venerable Bede was an Anglo Saxon theologian and historian. An English Benedictine monk, he was taken to the monastery of St. Peter at age 7. He is now revered as the patron saint of English writers and historians.

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John Stott
(Theologian)
John Stott
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Birthdate: April 27, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: July 27, 2011
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Titus Oates
(British Priest)
Titus Oates
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Birthdate: September 15, 1649
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oakham, Rutland, England
Died: July 13, 1705

Anglican priest Titus Oates is infamous for making up the 1678 Popish Plot, suggesting that Roman Catholics were plotting to kill King Charles II and seize power. His fake plot created mayhem in London and strengthened the Whig Party. He was later arrested and imprisoned for sedition.

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Edmund Campion
(English Catholic Jesuit Priest and Martyr)
Edmund Campion
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Birthdate: January 25, 1540
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 1, 1581

Catholic Jesuit priest Saint Edmund Campion was hailed as a martyr after being hanged for treason at Tyburn by Queen Elizabeth I’s government. Born to a bookseller in London, Campion taught at Oxford, before being ordained. He was later canonized as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.

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Henry Garnet
(English Jesuit Priest Executed for His Complicity in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605)
Henry Garnet
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Birthdate: 1555
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Heanor, England
Died: May 3, 1606

English Jesuit priest Henry Garnet was initially an Anglican but later converted to Roman Catholicism. After teaching Hebrew at a college in Rome, he went back to England as a missionary. Accused of being involved in the Gunpowder Plot against King James I, he was hanged to death in 1606.

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John Ball
(priest, presbyter)
John Ball
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Birthdate: 1335 AD
Birthplace: St Albans
Died: July 15, 1381

John Ball was a 14th-century English priest famous for taking a prominent part in the Peasants' Revolt of 1381. He disagreed with many Christian tenets of his time and preached 'articles contrary to the faith of the church.' He supported the doctrines of John Wycliffe and advocated for social equality. He was imprisoned on several occasions for defying authorities.

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Saint Walpurga
(Missionary)
Saint Walpurga
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Birthdate: 0710 AD
Birthplace: Devon, England
Died: February 25, 0779
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Richard Hakluyt
(British Writer Known for Promoting the English Colonisation of North America Through His Works)
Richard Hakluyt
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Birthdate: 1553 AD
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 23, 1616

English geographer Richard Hakluyt is remembered for his marked political influence and his continuous support of the British colonization of North America. A priest, he was associated with the Westminster Abbey. He also penned reports such as Discourse of Western Planting, which was appreciated by Queen Elizabeth I.

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Richard Hooker
(Theologian)
Richard Hooker
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Birthdate: March 25, 1554
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Heavitree, England
Died: November 3, 1600
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Henry Beaufort
(English cardinal)
Henry Beaufort
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Birthdate: 1375 AD
Birthplace: Château de Beaufort, Anjou, Kingdom of France
Died: April 11, 1447
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Nicholas Ridley
(English Bishop Who Was Burned at the Stake for His Teachings and Support to Lady Jane Grey)
Nicholas Ridley
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Birthdate: 1500 AD
Birthplace: South Tynedale, England
Died: October 16, 1555

English Protestant martyr and bishop Nicholas Ridley had an illustrious career as a scholar at Cambridge. Named a master of Pembroke Hall, he converted Cambridge into a Reformist seminary for Protestantism. He ended up being accused of heresy and was burned at the stake at Oxford, thus becoming one of the Oxford Martyrs.

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Geoffrey Fisher
(Former Archbishop of Canterbury)
Geoffrey Fisher
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Birthdate: May 5, 1887
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Higham on the Hill, Leicestershire, England
Died: September 15, 1972

Born into a family of Anglican rectors, Geoffrey Fisher had served as the bishop of Chester and of London, before becoming the archbishop of Canterbury. He later officiated the marriage of Princess Elizabeth and also crowned her as Queen Elizabeth II. He was later made a life peer, as Baron Fisher of Lambeth.

Harold Davidson
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Birthdate: July 14, 1875
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sholing
Died: July 30, 1937
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Gilbert White
(Naturalist)
Gilbert White
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Birthdate: July 18, 1720
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Selborne, Hampshire, England
Died: June 26, 1793
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Richard of Chichester
(Bishop of Chichester and Patron Saint of Sussex)
Richard of Chichester
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Birthdate: 1197 AD
Birthplace: Droitwich, England
Died: April 3, 1253

Bishop of Chichester Richard de Wych, or Richard of Chichester, was also a chancellor of Oxford. He also served St. Edmund Rich, or Edmund of Abingdon, and propagated his ideals. He is still revered as a patron saint of coachmen and of Sussex, and is depicted with a chalice at his feet.

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Matthew Parker
(Archbishop of Canterbury)
Matthew Parker
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Birthdate: August 6, 1504
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Norwich, England
Died: May 17, 1575

Anglican archbishop of Canterbury Matthew Parker had faced hostility under Roman Catholic queen Mary I’s reign but got his privileges back when Elizabeth I came to power. Among his many works was his own translation of the Bible. He had also been the vice chancellor of the University of Cambridge.

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Justin Welby
(105th Archbishop of Canterbury and the Most Senior Bishop in the Church of England)
Justin Welby
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Birthdate: January 6, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England

Justin Welby is the most senior bishop in the Church of England and the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury. In the past, he was the vicar of Southam, Warwickshire, and has also been the bishop of Durham. He is known for exploring the evangelical tradition within Anglicanism in his theology. He worked in the oil industry before his ordination. 

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Michael Ramsey
(British Anglican Bishop and Life Peer)
Michael Ramsey
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Birthdate: November 14, 1904
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Died: April 23, 1988

Michael Ramsey was an English Anglican bishop, educator, theologian, and supporter of Christian unity. He is best remembered for serving as the 100th Archbishop of Canterbury. Also a life peer, Ramsey received several honors during his lifetime. He also held honorary degrees from several prestigious universities, including Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, Durham, Manchester, and Kent.

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Frederick Copleston
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Birthdate: April 10, 1907
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Taunton, England
Died: February 3, 1994
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Ronald Knox
(Author)
Ronald Knox
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Birthdate: February 17, 1888
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kibworth, Leicestershire, England
Died: August 24, 1957
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John Needham
(British Naturalist, Biologist, and Clergyman Who Supported the 'Theory of Spontaneous Generation')
John Needham
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Birthdate: September 10, 1713
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 30, 1781

British naturalist and biologist John Needham was also a Roman Catholic priest who became the first Catholic clergyman to be named a Fellow of the Royal Society of London. He supported the theories of spontaneous generation and vitalism. He also served the Imperial Academy in Brussels as its director.

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Henry Edward Manning
(British cardinal)
Henry Edward Manning
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Birthdate: July 15, 1808
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Totteridge, England
Died: January 14, 1892
Abdullah el-Faisal
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Birthdate: September 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint James Parish
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E.B. Pusey
(Theologian)
E.B. Pusey
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Birthdate: August 22, 1800
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pusey, England
Died: September 16, 1882
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Peter Skellern
(Singer-songwriter, Pianist)
Peter Skellern
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Birthdate: March 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bury, Lancashire, England
Died: February 17, 2017
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Thomas Byles
(Priest)
Thomas Byles
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Birthdate: February 26, 1870
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Died: April 15, 1912
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Myles Coverdale
(British Ecclesiastical Reformer and Former Bishop of Exeter (1551 – 1553))
Myles Coverdale
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Birthdate: 1488 AD
Birthplace: Yorkshire, England
Died: January 20, 1569

Bishop of Exeter Myles Coverdale is best remembered for releasing the first printed translation of the Bible in English. He had been a major figure of the Reform cause. He escaped being burned at the stake during Roman Catholic Mary I’s reign by moving to Denmark.

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Henry Liddell
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Birthdate: February 6, 1811
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bishop Auckland, County Durham, United Kingdom
Died: January 18, 1898
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Robert Southwell
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Birthdate: 1561 AD
Birthplace: Norfolk, England
Died: February 21, 1595
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Thomas Traherne
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Birthdate: October 10, 1636
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hereford, England
Died: September 27, 1674
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Orderic Vitalis
(English Chronicler and Benedictine Monk Who Wrote One of the Great Contemporary Chronicles of 11th and 12th-Century)
Orderic Vitalis
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Birthdate: February 16, 1075
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: near Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
Died: 1142 AD

Orderic Vitalis was an English Benedictine monk and chronicler. He is credited with writing one of the most popular chronicles of the 11th and 12th-century Normandy. His works are considered important as they give a detailed description of the history of the Normans from the founding of Normandy; his works are viewed as a reliable source by modern historians. 

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George Crabbe
(British Poet, Surgeon and Clergyman Best Known for His Early Use of the Realistic Narrative Form)
George Crabbe
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Birthdate: December 24, 1754
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England
Died: February 3, 1832

George Crabbe was an English surgeon, poet, and clergyman. He began his career as a doctor's apprentice in the 1770s and later become a surgeon. After a few years, he pursued a living as a poet and also served as a clergyman in various capacities. He wrote poetry mainly in the form of heroic couplets. He was also a coleopterist. 

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Aldhelm
(Bishop)
Aldhelm
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Birthdate: 0639 AD
Birthplace: Wessex, England
Died: May 25, 0709
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William of Wykeham
(Bishop of Winchester)
William of Wykeham
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Birthdate: 1320 AD
Birthplace: Wickham, England
Died: September 27, 1404

William of Wykeham served as the Chancellor of England and Bishop of Winchester. He is credited with establishing New College School and New College, Oxford in 1379. He is also credited with establishing Winchester College in 1382. A reputed builder during the reign of King Edward III, William helped reconstruct Windsor Castle. A rich man, William patronized many schools.

Frederick William Faber
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Birthdate: June 28, 1814
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Calverley, England
Died: November 26, 1863
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David Sheppard
(Cricketer and bishop)
David Sheppard
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Birthdate: March 6, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Reigate, Surrey, England
Died: March 5, 2005
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William Stukeley
(Physician)
William Stukeley
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Birthdate: November 7, 1687
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Holbeach, England
Died: March 3, 1765
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Theodore of Tarsus
(The First Archbishop to Rule Over the Entire English Church)
Theodore of Tarsus
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Birthdate: 0602 AD
Birthplace: Tarsus, Turkey
Died: September 19, 0690

Theodore of Tarsus, who later became the archbishop of Canterbury, scripted history as the first archbishop to reign over the whole of the English Church. He arranged the first general synod of the English Church and put an end to Celtic practices. He applied the Roman model of a centralized church to England.

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Stigand
(Archbishop of Canterbury Who Was Deposed and Imprisoned for Holding Two Bishoprics Simultaneously)
Stigand
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Birthplace: East Of England, England
Died: February 22, 1072

Initially named the bishop of Elmham, Stigand later became the bishop of Winchester and, eventually, the archbishop of Canterbury. Some historians also believed he was probably English king Canute’s priest. He was excommunicated and eventually deposed for holding the bishoprics of Winchester and Canterbury simultaneously. He died in prison.