Fotherby's date of birth is not recorded but he is stated to have been 70 when he died. His father was Martin Fotherby of Great Grimsby in Lincolnshire. His younger brother, Dr Martin Fotherby (c.1560-1620), was also a prebendary of Canterbury, and later bishop of Salisbury.
He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge (sizar 1573, scholar 1575, B.A. 1576/77, M.A. 1580, B.D. 1587). He became a fellow of Trinity in 1579. He was vicar of several Kentish parishes and became Archdeacon of Canterbury and a prebendary of the Canterbury Cathedral in 1595 and Dean of Canterbury in 1615.
He married Cecilia Walker of Cambridge, by whom he had ten children, but only his eldest son, John, and four daughters survived him.
He died in 1619 and was buried in the Lady Chapel at Canterbury Cathedral.His monument is described as 'a bone-encrusted tomb-chest [which] is a fine example of that obsessive early seventeenth-century morbidity which repelled later, more squeamish observers'.
As Dean, he is recorded as reinvigorating the musical life of the Cathedral.
|1587–1592||Vicar of Chislet (Kent)||Venn, p. 165|
|1587||Vicar of Deal (Kent)||Venn, p. 165|
|1592–1619||Vicar of Aldington (Kent)||Venn, p. 165|
|1595–1600||Vicar of Teynham (Kent)||Venn, p. 165|
|1595–1619||Archdeacon of Canterbury||Fasti, III, iii. 15|
|1595–1615||Canon of 4th prebend, Canterbury Cathedral||Fasti, III, iii. 23|
|1600–1619||Rector of Bishopsbourne (Kent)||Venn, p. 165|
|1615–1619||Dean of Canterbury||Fasti, III, iii. 12|
- Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae, Series 1541-1857, III, iii. 12
- Venn John and J. A. Venn, Alumni cantabrigienses, vol. 2, p. 165.
- Venn, J.; Venn, J. A., eds. (1922–1958). "Charles Fotherby". Alumni Cantabrigienses (10 vols) (online ed.). Cambridge University Press.
- J. Meadows Cowper, The lives of the deans of Canterbury, 1541 to 1900. Canterbury: Cross & Jackman, 1900, p. 67.
- A History of Canterbury Cathedral, ed. P. Collinson, N. Ramsay, M. Sparks. (OUP 1995, revised edition 2002) 521.
- A History of Canterbury Cathedral, ed. P. Collinson, N. Ramsay, M. Sparks. (OUP 1995, revised edition 2002) 441.
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