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John Hotham (died 1337) was a medieval Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord High Treasurer, Lord Chancellor and Bishop of Ely.

John Hotham
Bishop of Ely
Electedabout 20 June 1316
Term endedabout 14 January 1337
PredecessorJohn Ketton
SuccessorSimon Montacute
Orders
Consecration3 October 1316
Personal details
Diedabout 14 January 1337
BuriedEly Cathedral
DenominationCatholic

Hotham was the son of Alan and Matilda Hotham of Hotham and nephew of William Hotham, Archbishop of Dublin. His early career was spent in Ireland, where he became Chancellor of the Exchequer of Ireland until 1310. He was then appointed, on 13 December 1312, Chancellor of the Exchequer in England, a post he held until June 1316.

Hotham was elected to Ely about 20 June 1316 and consecrated on 3 October 1316.[1] Later that year he went to meet the pope in Avignon with the earl of Pembroke, partly to plead the case for the promotion of Alexander Bicknor as Archbishop of Dublin. After returning from Avignon,[citation needed] he was appointed Lord High Treasurer of England on 27 May 1317 but left that office in June 1318.[2] when he was promoted as Lord Chancellor of England on 11 June 1318, an office he held until 26 January 1320.[3]

Although close to the King Edward II, Hotham switched allegiance to Queen Isabella when she successfully invaded to depose the king in September 1326. He was consequently appointed chancellor for the second time by her on behalf of the young King Edward III on 28 January 1327. He retired from government in 1328.

Memorial to Bishop Hotham in Ely Cathedral

Hotham died about 14 January 1337[1] after two years of paralysis and was buried in Ely Cathedral.

CitationsEdit

  1. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 244
  2. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 104
  3. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 86

ReferencesEdit

  • Buck, M.C. "Hotham, John (d. 1337), administrator and bishop of Ely". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/13851. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third revised ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
Political offices
Preceded by
Walter Norwich
Lord High Treasurer
1317–1318
Succeeded by
John Walwayn
Preceded by
John Sandale
Lord Chancellor
1318–1320
Succeeded by
John Salmon
Preceded by
Robert Baldock
Lord Chancellor
1327–1328
Succeeded by
Henry Burghersh
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John Ketton
Bishop of Ely
1316–1337
Succeeded by
Simon Montacute