James Yorke (9 March 1730 – 26 August 1808) was a British clergyman.

James Yorke

Bishop of Ely
DioceseDiocese of Ely
In office1781–1808
PredecessorEdmund Keene
SuccessorThomas Dampier
Other post(s)
Personal details
Born(1730-03-09)9 March 1730
Died26 August 1808(1808-08-26) (aged 78)
BuriedForthampton, Gloucestershire
Mary Maddox
(m. 1762)
EducationNewcome's School
Alma materCorpus Christi College, Cambridge

Yorke was the son of Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke, and Margaret Cocks.

He was educated at Newcome's School, proceeding in 1748 to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (M.A. 1752, D.D. 1770).

Career edit

Yorke served as Rector of Great Horkesley, Essex, 1754–1756.

In 1756 he was appointed Canon of the tenth stall at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, a position he held until 1762.[1]

He was Dean of Lincoln 1762–1781, Bishop of St David's from 1774 to 1779,[2] Bishop of Gloucester from 1779 to 1781 and then Bishop of Ely from 1781 to 1808.

In 1793 he sought statutory powers to sell the bishop's palace and grounds in Wisbech. The Bill passed despite the opposition of Sir James Ayre and the premises were sold by auction in the same year to Joseph Medworth. Eyre was son-in-law of Henry Southwell of Bank House, Wisbech, Isle of Ely a member of the family tenanting the castle, and to that extent an interested party.[3]

Family edit

On 29 June 1762, Yorke married Mary Maddox, daughter of Isaac Maddox, the Bishop of Worcester. They had several children, including:

He was buried at Forthampton, Gloucestershire.[4] His memorial is designed by Robert Blore of Piccadilly.[5]

References edit

  1. ^ Fasti Wyndesorienses, May 1950. S.L. Ollard. Published by the Dean and Canons of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
  2. ^ "{Rt.Rev.} James YORKE".
  3. ^ "T D Atkinson, Ethel M Hampson, E T Long, C A F Meekings, Edward Miller, H B Wells and G M G Woodgate, "Wisbech: Later history of the castle", in A History of the County of Cambridge and the Isle of Ely: Volume 4, City of Ely; Ely, N. and S. Witchford and Wisbech Hundreds, ed. R B Pugh (London, 2002), p. 254". British History online. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Rt.Rev. James Yorke 1730 - 1808". Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  5. ^ Dictionary of British Sculptors 1660-1851 by Rupert Gunnis
Church of England titles
Preceded by Dean of Lincoln
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of St David's
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Gloucester
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Ely
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