Humphrey Humphreys (24 November 1648 – 20 November 1712) was successively Bishop of Bangor (1689–1701) and Bishop of Hereford (1701–1712).

Humphrey Humphreys

Bishop of Hereford
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Hereford
In office1701–1712
PredecessorGilbert Ironside the younger
SuccessorPhilip Bisse
Other post(s)Dean of Bangor (1680–1689)
Bishop of Bangor (1689–1701)
Personal details
Born(1648-11-24)24 November 1648
Died20 November 1712(1712-11-20) (aged 63)
NationalityBritish (Welsh)
SpouseElizabeth Morgan (m.1681)
Alma materJesus College, Oxford



Born 24 November 1648 in Hendre, Penrhyndeudraeth, the eldest son of Richard Humphreys and Margaret, daughter of Robert Wynne of Cesailgyfarch, Caernarfonshire.[1] He was educated at Oswestry and Bangor grammar schools, and then at Jesus College, Oxford, graduating B.A. 1669, M.A. 1672, being elected a Fellow of Jesus College 1672–3, B.D. 1679, and D.D. 1682.

He served as chaplain to the Bishop of Bangor, then as rector of Llanfrothen (1670) and Trawsfynydd (1672). He was Dean of Bangor from 1680, and elected Bishop in 1689.[2]

A patron of Welsh literature, genealogical research and of the then newly formed Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (SPCK). Humphreys stands out among Welsh bishops of his period. Edward Lhuyd spoke highly of his competence as an antiquarian.


  1. ^ "HUMPHREYS, HUMPHREY (1648 - 1712), bishop, antiquary, historian, and genealogist". Dictionary of Welsh Biography. National Library of Wales.
  2. ^ Foster, Joseph (1888–1892). "Humphreys, Humphrey (2)" . Alumni Oxonienses: the Members of the University of Oxford, 1500–1714. Oxford: Parker and Co – via Wikisource.
Church of England titles
Preceded by Dean of Bangor
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Bangor
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Hereford
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