Henry Burghersh

Henry Burghersh (1292 – 4 December 1340), was Bishop of Lincoln (1320-1340) and served as Lord Chancellor of England (1328–1330). He was a younger son of Robert de Burghersh, 1st Baron Burghersh (died 1306), and a nephew of Bartholomew de Badlesmere, 1st Baron Badlesmere. He was educated in France.

Henry Burghersh
Bishop of Lincoln
In office27 May 1320
PredecessorAnthony Bek
SuccessorThomas Bek
Consecration20 July 1320
Personal details
Died4 December 1340

On 27 May 1320 owing to Badlesmere's influence Pope John XXII appointed Burghersh bishop of Lincoln[1] in spite of the fact that the chapter had already made an election to the vacant bishopric, and he was consecrated bishop on 20 July 1320.[1] After the execution of Badlesmere in 1322 Burghersh's lands were seized by King Edward II, and the pope was urged to deprive him; about 1326, however, his possessions were restored, a proceeding which did not prevent him from joining Edward's wife, Queen Isabella, and taking part in the movement which led to the deposition and murder of the king.

Arms of Burghersh: Gules, a lion rampant double queued or

Enjoying the favour of the new king, Edward III, the bishop was Lord Treasurer from 1327 to 1328[2] and then became chancellor of England in 1328;[3] but he failed to secure the archbishopric of Canterbury which became vacant about the same time, and was deprived of his office of chancellor and imprisoned when Isabella lost her power in 1330. But he was soon released and again in a position of influence. He was treasurer of England from 1334 to 1337,[2] and high in the favour and often in the company of Edward III; he was sent on several important errands, and entrusted with important commissions. He died at Ghent on 4 December 1340.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 255
  2. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 105
  3. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 86


  •   This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Burghersh, Henry". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
Political offices
Preceded by
John Hotham
Lord Chancellor
Succeeded by
John de Stratford
Preceded by
Adam Orleton
Lord High Treasurer
Succeeded by
Thomas Charlton
Lord High Treasurer
Succeeded by
William la Zouche
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Anthony Bek
Bishop of Lincoln
Succeeded by
Thomas Bek