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

James Yorke

Bishop of Ely
Bp James Yorke.jpg
DioceseDiocese of Ely
In office1781–1808
PredecessorEdmund Keene
SuccessorThomas Dampier
Other postsDean of Lincoln (1762–1781)
Bishop of St David's (1774–1779)
Bishop of Gloucester (1779–1781)
Personal details
Born(1730-03-09)9 March 1730
Died26 August 1808(1808-08-26) (aged 78)
BuriedForthampton, Gloucestershire
ParentsPhilip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke
Margaret Cocks
SpouseMary 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).


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.


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.[3]


  • "thePeerage". Retrieved 2008-09-25.
  1. ^ Fasti Wyndesorienses, May 1950. S.L. Ollard. Published by the Dean and Canons of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Rt.Rev. James Yorke 1730 - 1808". Retrieved 23 March 2015.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Green
Dean of Lincoln
Succeeded by
Richard Cust
Preceded by
Charles Moss
Bishop of St David's
Succeeded by
John Warren
Preceded by
William Warburton
Bishop of Gloucester
Succeeded by
Samuel Halifax
Preceded by
Edmund Keene
Bishop of Ely
Succeeded by
Thomas Dampier