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George Montaigne (Mountain) (1569–1628) was an English bishop.

George Montaigne
Archbishop of York
George Montaigne during his time as Bishop of London.
ChurchChurch of England
InstalledJuly 1628
Term endedOctober 1628
PredecessorTobias Matthew
SuccessorSamuel Harsnett
Ordination28 June 1593
by Richard Howland
Consecration14 December 1617
by George Abbot
Personal details
Cawood, Yorkshire, England
Ordination history of
George Montaigne
Diaconal ordination
Ordained byRichard Howland
Date28 June 1593
Priestly ordination
Ordained byRichard Howland
Date28 June 1593
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorGeorge Abbot
Co-consecratorsMarco Antonio de Dominis
John King
Lancelot Andrewes
John Buckeridge
John Overall
Date14 December 1617
Source(s): [1]


He graduated B.A. from Queens' College, Cambridge in 1590, and M.A. in 1593.[2] In 1597 he was chaplain to Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, on his expedition against Cadiz. He became rector of Great Cressingham in 1602. He was Gresham College Professor of Divinity in 1607, and in 1608 Master of the Savoy and chaplain to James I of England.[3]

He was Dean of Westminster in 1610. He was appointed Bishop of Lincoln in 1617 and was consecrated on December 14 of the same year by Archbishop George Abbot, and co-consecrated by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Split Marco Antonio de Dominis. In 1621 he was appointed to be Bishop of London and Bishop of Durham in 1627. He was Archbishop of York from July to October 1628.[3] He was one of the Arminian group of bishops who arose in opposition to the general Calvinism that prevailed in the Church of England in the early seventeenth century. One manifestation of his views were prosecutions in his London diocese for the disrespectful wearing of hats in services.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The Apostolic Succession and the Catholic Episcopate in the Christian Episcopal p. 181 (Google Books)
  2. ^ "Montaigne, George (MNTN586G)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. ^ a b Dictionary of National Biography, article Mountiagne, George
  4. ^ Thomas N. Corns, A Companion to Milton (2003), p. 115.
Academic offices
Preceded by
William Dakins
Gresham Professor of Divinity
Succeeded by
William Osbaldeston
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Richard Neile
Bishop of Lincoln
Succeeded by
John Williams
Preceded by
John King
Bishop of London
Succeeded by
William Laud
Preceded by
Richard Neile
Prince-Bishop of Durham
Succeeded by
John Howson
Preceded by
Tobias Matthew
Archbishop of York
Succeeded by
Samuel Harsnett